Cubs Rumors & News

  • Amid talk of future, Cubs finding ways to win games now -- beat Pirates 5-2

    Chicago Sun-Times "“Well, we’ve got the Messiah here now,” said one Cubs veteran exiting the visitors clubhouse at PNC Park after the Cubs beat the Pirates 5-2 at PNC Park on Monday night. “He seems pretty good.” And that was before the news spread through the team that middle-infield prospect Addison Russell..." April 21

  • Cubs call up infield prodigy Addison Russell to majors

    CBSSports.com "Top Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell is being called up to the majors, sources told CBSSports.com. Russell will join top slugging prospect Kris Bryant, who was called up only Friday and is already making an impact with three RBI Monday night against Pittsburgh. Russell, who will be..." April 21

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    Gordon Wittenmyer @GDubCub

    Woman hit in head with Castro's foul ball taken from field. Appears to be conscious. Friend next to her gives thumbs up to crowd.

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Maddon on @Addison_Russell playing 2nd in Iowa:“Being a little bit more pro-active regarding prepping him for a need that might be open here

  • Padres blast past Cubs in wacky win

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Sunday's series finale at Wrigley Field produced a bit of everything. Entertainment was a constant. The rain, thankfully, held off until the final innings. There was an early ejection, almost immediately followed by a resounding blast. There was an unorthodox throw to first, perhaps the..." April 20

  • Pirates game delayed after fan is hit in head with foul ball behind home plate

    New York Daily News "In a scary scene during the second inning of Monday’s game between the Pirates and Cubs at PNC Field, a woman was hit in the back of the head with a foul ball, causing a delay of game. The fan was standing in the first row behind home plate with her back turned to the action when Starlin Castro..." April 20

  • MLB sets attendance record for first 2 weekends of season

    The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20

  • Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts

    SI.com "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20

  • Trade worked out for Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Cashner

    Chicago Sun-Times "Right-hander Andrew Cashner was a first-round pick like Kris Bryant, but he never experienced anywhere near the level of hype. “That’s a lot of pressure to put on a young kid,” Cashner said. “This is the major leagues, and it’s a tough place to play. It’s a lot of pressure to put on just one..." April 19

  • Starlin Castro hits walk-off winner for Cubs; Kris Bryant collects first hit against Padres

    Chicago Sun-Times "Starlin Castro says the 2015 Cubs don’t give games away like previous North Side squads. They don’t give away outs and they “fight all night.” Castro made those comments before hitting a walk-off single Saturday to beat the Padres, 7-6, in 11 innings at Wrigley Field. Maybe he was onto..." April 19

  • Kris Bryant not discouraged by hitless debut in Cubs' loss

    ESPN Chicago "Kris Bryant absorbed the sights, smells and sounds of Wrigley Field. He cherished playing in front of 30,000 charged-up fans. He appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut. Only two things were missing: a hit and a win. The prized power prospect of..." April 19

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    Tommy Birch @TommyBirch

    I-#Cubs announce that Wada will start tonight as part of a rehab assignment. #PCL #MiLB

  • Padres come back twice to beat Cubs

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Eleven games in, the Padres appear to be forging an identity. They've fallen behind. They've trailed. But they are no longer an automatic out. With one swing of the bat, Will Middlebrooks tied Friday's game at Wrigley Field. With one swing of the bat, Wil Myers gave the Padres the..." April 18

  • Next up on the Cubs hype train: Addison Russell

    CBSSports.com "Friday afternoon in Wrigley Field, baseball's top slugging prospect will debut for the Cubs. Everyone here should know by now that the man we are discussing is Kris Bryant. The next big prospect for the Cubs is also unbelievably talented, though, and it might not be long before he joins Bryant in..." April 18

  • Cubs promote top prospect Kris Bryant, 23, for MLB debut

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday, paving the way for his major league debut, according to a source familiar with the situation. He will take third baseman Mike Olt's roster spot as Olt will go on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his wrist suffered..." April 17

  • Cubs power past Reds, 5-0

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs tagged Jason Marquis for four runs in the first two innings Wednesday night and coasted to a 5-0 victory over the Reds. Anthony Rizzo pulled a belt-high pitch for a two-run home run in the first to support left-hander Travis Wood, who limited the Reds to three hits while striking out..." April 16

  • Jon Lester responds to every fan's tweets about his poor start -- even the awful ones

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester is well aware that the start to his Cubs career hasn’t gone very well. Not only has Lester pitched poorly — nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings — but he’s also got what can only be described as a case of the yips. Lester struggles to throw the ball to first base on pick-off attempts,..." April 16

  • DeSclafani lifts Reds to 3-2 win against Cubs

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds had the Disco Ball working in the visitors' clubhouse in honor of winning pitcher Anthony "Disco" DeSclafani. "It's two-for-one drink specials in there," Reds manager Bryan Price said. The Reds could use a little levity after a 3-2 survival victory Tuesday before a crowd of 27,525..." April 15

  • Cubs show they’re bigger than just Jon Lester

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are bigger than just Jon Lester. This isn’t exactly how Theo Epstein’s front office drew up The Plan, or how any big-name free agent wants to make a first impression in a new city starving for a winner. But the Cubs are now alone in first place in the National League Central after..." April 14

  • Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings.

    Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs injury updates: Grimm (forearm) rehabbing in AZ; Wada threw 72 pitches over 5 IP on Sunday; Beeler to pitch midweek

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs Olt scratched from game. Will get one more day (wrist)

  • Cubs see 9th-inning come-from-behind victory as great sign

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs' first small step toward legitimizing themselves as playoff contenders started to crystallize Sunday as Dexter Fowler's drive landed in the right-field seats at Coors Field. More hurdles await the Cubs, but they took great satisfaction in a 6-5 comeback victory over the Rockies that..." April 13

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Tommy La Stella has a strain on his side (oblique?) so that's why Herrera starting. Olt might be avail after hit by pitch

  • Can Edwin Jackson become weapon for Cubs in new role?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Edwin Jackson isn’t spending a lot of time analyzing his new role in the Cubs bullpen. “Just trying to go out and put up zeroes,” he said, “however I get it done.” It worked in his season debut Friday, when he pitched two scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies. And if he’s able to..." April 12

  • Cubs' bats get loud in Colorado

    Chicago Sun-Times "On the Cubs’ seventh day without Kris Bryant … Wait a minute, who? The Cubs finally hit like they didn’t need a boost from their slugger-in-waiting at Class AAA Iowa – pounding the Colorado Rockies’ Opening Day starter Saturday night in a 9-5 victory at Coors Field. If anything, the Cubs..." April 12

  • Cubs: Initial diagnosis says Mike Olt didn’t break wrist

    CSN Chicago "Mike Olt sort of laughed when one of the reporters surrounding his locker mentioned the social-media reactions about Kris Bryant. “Yeah, I don’t really check Twitter anymore,” said Olt, who had his right wrist wrapped up late Saturday night in Coors Field’s visiting clubhouse. Bryant won’t..." April 12

  • Cubs catcher Welington Castillo braces for trade possibilities

    CSN Chicago "Of course, Welington Castillo wonders if the Cubs will make a trade and move him to another team that can offer more playing time and the opportunity to become a frontline catcher. “Sure, anything can happen,” Castillo said. “This is a business. So I’m just here to play and help the team win,..." April 12

  • Joe Maddon focuses on Cubs roster, not Kris Bryant's season debut

    Chicago Tribune "Manager Joe Maddon wasn't glued to the Internet Thursday night to follow the 2015 debut of Kris Bryant and other Chicago Cubs top prospects. "I’m just being honest," Maddon said Friday morning. "I have too much to do here. I’ll hear the scuttlebutt during the day. I may ask for a stat sheet..." April 12

  • Rockies club Cubs in home opener, 5-1, to stay undefeated

    Denver Post "Troy Tulowitzki is a tough sell. The Rockies' star shortstop demands a lot from himself and his teammates. So it's wise to listen to Tulo when he puts things in a big-picture perspective. "This team is a little bit different. I would like to think we are a little bit tougher," he said...." April 11

  • Former MLB player Milton Bradley once texted his wife’s father video of the couple having sex

    Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB outfielder Milton Bradley is a twisted individual. We have seen him blow up on fans, umpires and managers and heard disturbing stories about his history of domestic abuse with the late Monique Bradley, but apparently most people don’t know the half of it. A lengthy Sports Illustrated..." April 11

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games

    ESPN.com "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Jake Arrieta leads Cubs past Cards, channels his inner 'Jane Fonda'

    CSN Chicago "When Jake Arrieta's playing career is over, the Cubs pitcher may have a chance to make his name for himself as a fitness guru. At least that's how manager Joe Maddon sees it, joking after Wednesday's 2-0 victory over the Cardinals that Arrieta could follow in Jane Fonda's footsteps with workout..." April 09

  • MLB Has Started Issuing Warnings To Those Violating Pace-Of-Play Rules

    Deadspin.com "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09

  • Cubs prospect Javier Baez taking leave of absence

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez is taking a bereavement leave of absence from Triple-A Iowa because of a death in his family, the organization confirmed on Thursday. Noely Baez, Javier's sister, died at the age of 21. She was born with spina bifida, and Javier helped out with her care." April 09

  • Cubs add 74 portable toilets at Wrigley Field for game No. 2

    CBSSports.com ""Back in the spring of 74," the story of the 2015 Chicago Cubs will begin. Not "74" as in a particular year, but instead because of the 74 portable toilets the club brought to Wrigley Field for the second game of the season. The Cubs are renovating Wrigley and new permanent restrooms won't be..." April 08

  • Is Now The Right Time For The Cubs To Deal Starlin Castro?

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "It's no secret that I have often suggested that the Cubs should seek to trade shortstop Starlin Castro while his value is high. This has less to do with any frustration I may feel toward Castro himself than it does with my overwhelming preference for Addison Russell and my desire to see Javier..." April 07

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    Chicago Cubs @Cubs

    Tonight’s #Cubs vs. #Cardinals game has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening.

  • Cubs lead way as MLB sets spring training attendance records

    Sporting News "More than 4 million people attended MLB spring training games this year, the league announced Tuesday. The attendance total of 4,034,708 over 481 games breaks down to an average 8,388 per game. The total and average are new records for MLB; the previous marks were an 8,078 average last year and..." April 07

  • Heyward, Cards show Cubs how it's done

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Before he could take the last step wearing a jersey he wore for the first time Sunday night, Cardinals outfielder Jason Heyward was greeted at the clubhouse door by Adam Wainwright. The team’s ace makes it a habit of welcoming his teammates back after a win, waiting for them atop the staircase..." April 06

  • End of Cuban embargo may bring flood of MLB talent

    Yahoo Politics "One of the top sluggers in Cuban baseball says it is his “dream” to come to the United States and play in the major leagues for his favorite team, the New York Yankees. But Yulieski Gourriel, star third basemen for the powerhouse Havana Industriales and for years a highly regarded prospect by..." April 06

  • The Cubs apologize for the bathroom issues at Wrigley; vow to fix the problems

    Hardball Talk "I just received the full statement from the Cubs regarding the bathroom issues at Wrigley last night (a partial version of this appeared in a news report we linked earlier, which excised out the apology for whatever reason): Opening Day at Wrigley Field has always brought challenges with wait..." April 06

  • Anthony Rizzo a self-made superstar

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has learned that the ascent from prospect to complete player is largely a function of turning weaknesses into strengths, one shortcoming at a time. Rizzo's 32 home runs in 2014 are ample testament to his power, but they tell only a fraction of the story...." April 05

  • Joe Maddon tampering case won't be resolved by Opening Day

    CBSSports.com "The tampering claim raised by the Rays against the Cubs will not be resolved by Opening Day, an MLB spokesperson said, Saturday, per the Chicago Tribune. The Rays charged the Cubs with contacting manager Joe Maddon, while he was still under contract to them." April 05

  • Adidas takes shot at Chicago Cubs with Kris Bryant 'Worth The Wait' billboard

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs phenom Kris Bryant will be at Wrigley Field in April after all. Or at least across from it. On Friday, Adidas unveiled a billboard across from the famous Wrigley marquee featuring the 23-year-old third baseman with the text "Worth The Wait." The phrase could be seen as a shot at..." April 05

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Coghlan (neck) says he's fine for opening night.

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs rotation is set. It's Lester Arrieta Hammel Wood Hendricks. Jackson to the pen

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Fowler was pulled after one inning after experiencing minor lower back tightness. Should be ready for Sunday.

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    LHP Drake Britton cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa

  • Kris Bryant on being sent down by Cubs: 'I'm extremely disappointed'

    SI.com "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said he is "extremely disappointed" that he was reassigned to the team's minor league camp instead of starting the season on the Cubs' 25-man roster, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers. The Cubs reassigned Bryant on Monday, after he hit .425 with nine home..." April 03