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  • Kris Bryant's 'fatigued' shoulder looms over Cubs, but they insist there's no cause for concern

    NBC Sports Chicago "This obviously isn't where the Cubs or Kris Bryant wanted to be heading into the final week of the regular season. Instead of talking about Bryant's level of play or the Cubs' second straight decisive win on the South Side, the 2016 NL MVP stood near his locker,..." September 24

  • Pedro Strop believes he can return to Cubs this week

    Chicago Tribune "Reliever Pedro Strop remains optimistic he could rejoin the Cubs before the end of the regular season. “I feel a lot better,” Strop said before running to the field to play catch Sunday morning. “I’ll just keep doing the rehab and do..." September 24

  • Javier Baez's versatility never has been more important for the Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "The entertaining debate over whether Addison Russell or Javier Baez was the better shortstop subsided after Baez played Gold Glove-caliber defense at second base. But never has Baez’s versatility been as valuable as it is now in the wake of..." September 23

  • Say goodbye to Addison Russell, whom the Cubs suddenly don’t know, or ever knew

    Chicago Sun-Times "Addison Russell can’t be in a Cubs uniform anymore. He just can’t be. The blog post is out there, full of ugliness, and it will never go away. In it, his ex-wife accuses him of domestic abuse. Of emotionally and physically abusing her. Of doing it in front of their son...." September 23

  • Addison Russell considering request for emergency hearing

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, currently on administrative leave as the league investigates abuse claims made against him, is looking for a quick resolution to his situation. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Russell and his agent, Scott Boras, are considering using..." September 22

  • Melisa Reidy’s domestic abuse allegations deserve to be heard, regardless of timing

    SB Nation "On Friday, MLB placed Cubs’ infielder Addison Russell on administrative leave due to allegations of domestic abuse. Before we get to the events of Thursday and Friday let’s recap everything up to this point. The situation has been developing for over a year. In..." September 22

  • Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease still in the minors, but Sox end of the Quintana trade looking real good right now

    NBC Sports Chicago "Who won the Jose Quintana trade? It’s still way too early to actually answer that question. But a trade that seemed so beneficial for both the White Sox and Cubs when it was completed last summer seems to have a South Side lean at the moment, even if it’s a very slight..." September 21

  • MLB puts Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on leave after ex-wife's blog post details abuse allegations

    USA Today "Major League Baseball has placed Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on leave, hours after his ex-wife revealed more abuse charges on an Instagram post. Thomas Field, the attorney who originally represented the ex-wife of Russell told USA TODAY Sports on Friday that the abuse..." September 21

  • Addison Russell's Ex-Wife Shockingly Describes Years of Physical and Mental Abuse

    12 Up "Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell's ex-wife, Melisa, made headlines a year ago after accusing him of cheating on her. It was all a big enough mess that Major League Baseball attempted to investigate the matter. Melisa was reticent about cooperating, so the matter ended up..." September 21

  • Cubs' Pedro Strop hasn't ruled out late September return

    Chicago Tribune "Pedro Strop said the Cubs medical staff is not pushing his recovery in the wake of closer Brandon Morrow being ruled out for the season. “It all depends on the way I heal,” Strop said Wednesday, six days after suffering a left hamstring strain that initially ruled him out..." September 20

  • Cubs select Allen Webster, transfer Brandon Morrow to 60-Day DL

    Yardbarker "The Cubs have selected the contract of right-hander Allen Webster and moved Brandon Morrow to the 60-day disabled list to open a roster spot, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Chicago had announced Tuesday that Morrow would not return in 2018. Now 28 years..." September 19

  • Cubs are odds-on favorite to sign Harper in offseason

    The Score "Bryce Harper is set to hit the free-agent market when the season concludes and the odds-on favorite to land the six-time All-Star resides in Chicago. Bovada released its odds for the likeliest landing spots for Harper on Wednesday and the Chicago Cubs (+150) appeared on top. They were..." September 19

  • Cubs' Mike Montgomery: 'I can be a starter in this league'

    Chicago Tribune "Left-hander Mike Montgomery got his wish to pitch deeper into games Tuesday night, and he rewarded the Cubs with six innings of four-hit ball in a 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Montgomery’s work fell in line with a rotation that has posted a major-league low..." September 19

  • Cubs' Brandon Morrow won't pitch again this season due to bone bruise

    ABC 7 Chicago "The Chicago Cubs officially shut down closer Brandon Morrow for the season as his recovery from a bone bruise in his pitching arm won't allow him to return in time for the end of the regular season or the playoffs. "We knew we were running out of time..." September 19

  • After major funk, Cubs rotation has settled in and kicking it into high gear

    CBS Sports "The Cubs maintained their 2 1/2 game lead in the NL Central (and the NL as a whole) with a win in Arizona on Monday night. A pair of two-run homers (Javier Baez and Kris Bryant -- the latter's first since returning from the DL) were the sexy highlights, but the biggest player in that game..." September 18

  • Kris Bryant and Kyle Hendricks are finding their grooves for the Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs’ offense gained attention Monday night for their breakout that included the first home run by Kris Bryant since July 21, three days before he went on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury that sidelined him until Sept. 1. But Kyle..." September 18

  • Jesse Chavez has become the most important pitcher in Cubs bullpen

    NBC Sports Chicago "Quick quiz: Who leads the Cubs pitching staff in ERA since the middle of July? Many would probably answer with Cole Hamels, as the veteran starting pitcher has been phenomenal since coming over in a trade at the end of July. But the answer is actually Jesse Chavez, who..." September 17

  • Cubs' Contreras 'embarrassed' after bat-flipping on a double

    The Score "Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was remorseful on Sunday after a bat flip didn't sit well with his manager and teammates. With his team trailing 2-0 against the Cincinnati Reds, the Cubs catcher entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning and drove a Luis..." September 17

  • Joe Maddon rips Cubs catcher Willson Contreras for failing to hustle

    USA Today "Cubs catcher Willson Contreras earned a strong rebuke from his manager after standing to watch a would-be home run in Sunday's game against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Pinch-hitting in the fifth inning, Contreras hit a ball to dead center field The 26-year-old thought it..." September 17

  • Cubs activate Jason Heyward from 10-day disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, per a team announcement. He’s expected to be made available off the bench as the club goes for the sweep against the Reds, though it might be a while longer before he’s cleared to make another start..." September 16

  • Cubs' Morrow feeling good after simulated game

    Yardbarker "The Cubs got some good news on Brandon Morrow today, as the closer felt good after throwing a 19-pitch simulated game.  (The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma and the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan were among those who reported the news.) Morrow hasn’t pitched..." September 15

  • Pedro Strop (hamstring) out for regular season

    MLB.com "Cubs reliever Pedro Strop will not pitch again in the regular season after sustaining a moderate left hamstring strain running the bases on Thursday. Whether he'll get a chance to pitch in the postseason may depend on who picks up the slack as the Cubs closer for the remaining 16..." September 14

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Pedro Strop Expects To Miss Time With Hamstring Injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "Cubs reliever Pedro Strop pulled up lame after grounding into a double play late in tonight’s contest. He says he expects to miss at least a couple of weeks, as Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune tweets, further depleting the late-inning ranks of the Chicago pen at a..." September 14

  • Can the Cubs find a hero to stop the stink?

    Chicago Tribune "If you were naming an MVP for the Cubs-Brewers series that ended Wednesday, it might be Milwaukee center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who went 8-for-14 with some fine defense. Or maybe Brewers left-handed reliever Josh Hader, who struck out nine Cubs in three innings, about as..." September 13

  • Yu Darvish undergoes ‘debridement surgery,’ Cubs expect him ready for 2019

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish took the latest step in his effort to get back onto the pitching mound by undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right elbow Wednesday. The club expects Darvish to be 100 percent for spring training in 2019, which would give him a chance to rebound from..." September 12

  • What's going on with Willson Contreras' offense?

    NBC Sports Chicago "This was supposed to be the year Willson Contreras made the case as the best catcher on the planet. Everything was lining up for it.  He was going into a season as the "bell cow" catcher, with no veteran like Miguel Montero or David Ross to cede playing time..." September 12

  • Fixing Cubs’ bullpen all about Carl Edwards Jr. finding ‘write’ stuff

    Chicago Sun-Times "Getting the Cubs’ bullpen out of its slump could be as simple as finding Carl Edwards Jr. a muse. Or a thesaurus. “It’s funny,” Edwards said. “It’s like if you were writing, and all of a sudden you wanted to say something and you..." September 12

  • Injured Brandon Morrow and Jason Heyward report progress in their quest to rejoin Cubs roster

    Chicago Tribune "With virtually no margin for error, closer Brandon Morrow and outfielder Jason Heyward took small strides toward rejoining the Cubs before the end of the regular season. “I’m fine,” Morrow said Monday, one day after throwing a light..." September 11

  • Which MLB contender has the best postseason starting rotation?

    USA Today "Here’s a thing I made for you to argue about online: Trying to predict the outcome of any short MLB postseason series is a fool’s errand. As noted frequently in this space around this time of year every year, it would take a best-of-269-game series to determine, with..." September 11

  • Theo Epstein cautiously optimistic Brandon Morrow can be big part of Cubs' October bullpen

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Cubs and Brandon Morrow didn't reach an agreement on a free-agent deal this winter by dreaming about the veteran right-hander picking up saves in May. No, this was a move with October in mind on both sides. After a career marred by injury, Morrow rose to..." September 11

  • Cubs shut down Drew Smyly for the season

    NBC Sports Chicago "Just a week ago, there was still hope that the Cubs would be able to add Drew Smyly to their bullpen for the home stretch of the regular season, but news on Monday from team president Theo Epstein quashed that. Speaking to reporters from the dugout at Wrigley Field, Epstein announced..." September 11

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Cubs 'baffled' by game postponement, leading to doubleheader versus Nationals

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are scheduled to play two on Saturday, provided the D.C. weather permits. The Cubs, however, aren't too happy about the situation. As it turns out, Chicago's players would have preferred to wait out the rain on Friday, but were..." September 08

  • Explaining Brandon Kintzler's struggles and why the Cubs won't give up on him

    NBC Sports Chicago "#CubsTwitter is not a place you want to be right now when Joe Maddon calls on Brandon Kintzler out of the bullpen. You can't blame Cubs fans for expressing frustration over Kintzler, given that the veteran reliever has surrendered runs in five of his last six appearances and has..." September 06

  • Cubs may not have rehabbing closer Brandon Morrow back by end of season

    Chicago Tribune "Manager Joe Maddon conceded time is running out for closer Brandon Morrow, who may not be ready to return from a right arm injury by the end of September. Do the Cubs have to operate as though they would be lucky to get their closer back? “I..." September 06

  • Are the Cubs inching closer to unleashing their secret weapon?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Drew Smyly's potential return has been hovering over the Cubs as an enticing X-factor all season. Will he pitch this season? If so, how will he be used and how effective will he be? Labor Day weekend has passed and we still don't have any answers to these questions..." September 05

  • Left-handed help Jaime Garcia, Drew Smyly on the way for Cubs bullpen

    Chicago Tribune "Help is on the way for the left side of the Cubs bullpen. Veteran left-hander Jaime Garcia was added to the roster Tuesday, and Drew Smyly is close to joining the Cubs, albeit in a limited role. “If he was able to be on a regular routine..." September 05

  • Cole Hamels scoffs at a Brewers-Cubs rivalry based on ticket sales

    Hardball Talk "The Brewers beat the Cubs yesterday and the clubs face off five more times in the next eight days. With Milwaukee four games back of Chicago, the outcome of these two series will most likely determine the NL Central. Basically, the Brewers need to take most if not all of these games to have a..." September 04

  • Cubs Activate Kris Bryant, Addison Russell

    MLB Trade Rumors "The NL Central-leading Cubs are getting healthier as they charge toward a third straight division title. The club announced that it has activated superstar third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell from the 10-day disabled list. Of the two, only Bryant’s in the Cubs’..." September 02

  • Cubs Designate Luke Farrell, Rob Zastryzny

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have a pair of roster casualties today amidst their first round of September call-ups: right-hander Luke Farrell and left-hander Rob Zastryzny have been designated for assignment in order to clear room on the roster for outfielder Terrance Gore and infielder Taylor Davis, whose..." September 02

  • Joe Maddon on ‘dumb’ rumors on job security: ‘Makes no sense’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Joe Maddon on Thursday doubled down on expressing bafflement over rumors that his job is in jeopardy with the Chicago Cubs. Rumors surfaced this week indicating unnamed baseball executives have speculated Maddon’s “fate is tenuous” should the Cubs fail to make a deep..." September 01

  • Javy Baez upset with unprofessional treatment from Joe West

    Larry Brown Sports "Javy Baez was upset with what he felt was unprofessional treatment from umpire Joe West during Friday’s game. Baez was called out on a 3-2 pitch in the first inning of the Chicago Cubs’ 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Replay showed that the pitch was inside by an..." September 01

  • Source: Cubs sign veteran lefty Garcia

    MLB.com "MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports the Cubs have signed lefty Jaime Garcia to a Minor League deal. The Cubs have not confirmed the deal. Garcia was designated for assignment on Saturday and was released by the Blue Jays on Wednesday. In 25 games (13 starts) with Toronto, he..." August 31

  • Kris Bryant finishes injury rehab assignment, to rejoin Cubs in Philadelphia

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs’ long wait for Kris Bryant is over. Bryant, who has started only nine games for the Cubs since June 22 because of a sore left shoulder, finished a minor-league rehab assignment with Class AAA Iowa on Thursday and is expected to rejoin the team in Philadelphia in time to..." August 31

  • Jason Heyward to miss some time with a tweaked hamstring

    Hardball Talk "Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward was hurt while diving for liner off the bat of Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in the fifth inning of last night’s game. The ball ended up going for a two-run triple. Heyward tweaked his hamstring. Heyward was able to walk..." August 31

  • Cubs Acquire Bobby Wilson From Twins For Chris Gimenez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have acquired backstop Bobby Wilson from the Twins in a deal that will send fellow veteran receiver Chris Gimenez to Minnesota, as Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press was among those to report on Twitter. Cash or a player to be named later will also go..." August 30

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Kris Bryant could be back with Cubs on Saturday

    Chicago Tribune "Kris Bryant moved closer to rejoining the Cubs after going 1-for-3 Wednesday in his third game on a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa. Bryant singled in the first inning of a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma City in the first game of a..." August 30

  • Cubs fan with Down syndrome raising money to sing national anthem at Wrigley Field

    Sportsnaut "Stefan Xidas, who has Down syndrome, is a fan of the Chicago Cubs. He’s working to make one of his dreams, singing the national anthem at Wrigley Field, a reality. Xidas started a GoFundMe page, detailing his goal. There, he made an offer to Cubs chairman Tom..." August 29