• by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Cubs' James McDonald elects free agency

    Cubs pitcher James McDonald has elected free agency, according to the Chicago Tribune. McDonald dealt with shoulder issues all season, and did not appear in the majors. The team attempted to outright him to the minors, but McDonald declined the assignment. He'll look to catch on with another club during the offseason.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    James McDonald placed on 60-day disabled list

    Cubs pitcher James McDonald has been placed on the 60-day disabled list. McDonald is dealing with shoulder inflammation this spring, and will need time to get healthy. He missed most of last year due to a shoulder issue. He posted a 5.76 ERA in 29 2/3 innings last year.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    James McDonald to wait a few days before throwing

    Cubs starting pitcher James McDonald said he is dealing with inflammation/tendinitis symptoms in his right shoulder, per CSN Chicago. He said he will wait a few days before throwing again.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    James McDonald to be evaluated Tuesday

    Cubs pitcher James McDonald, who was lifted from Monday's game after just two pitches due to shoulder soreness, will be evaluated on Tuesday, MLB.com reports. "He's shaking his arm when we went out there just to talk to him," manager Rick Renteria told reporters after the loss. "He felt that his arm wasn't feeling right, so we just said, 'OK, we'll just not take any chances. Let's go ahead and take him in and he'll be evaluated.'" McDonald made just six appearances last season while dealing with shoulder issues.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    James McDonald removed with right shoulder soreness

    Cubs starting pitcher James McDonald was taken out after two pitches during Monday's spring start against the Athletics because of right shoulder soreness. He was charged with a walk after Yao-Lin Wang walked Coco Crisp.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    James McDonald walks five Wednesday

    Cubs pitcher James McDonald allowed two earned runs on two hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings in Wednesday's start against the Mariners. McDonald's shaky spring continues. He coughed up two home runs while walking three in his spring debut before putting together two scoreless innings his last time out then reverting back to mediocrity Wednesday. He owns a 12.71 ERA and 0:8 K:BB ratio through 5 2/3 innings, and his chance to win the final spot in the team's rotation could be fading away.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    James McDonald pitches two scoreless innings vs. Angels

    Cubs pitcher James McDonald surrendered just one hit in two scoreless innings in his team's 3-2 win over the Angels Friday. It was a bounce-back effort for McDonald after being rocked for six earned runs in his first appearance of the spring. He could open the season as the team's No. 5 starter if he continues to take steps forward as opening day approaches.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    James McDonald rocked in first spring appearance

    Cubs pitcher James McDonald surrendered six earned runs on three hits and three walks in one inning of work in his team's 15-3 loss to the Angels Friday. All the damage came in a nine-run fourth inning, and McDonald, who gave up two home runs, was pulled without recording an out in the frame after pitching a scoreless third. He was limited to 29 2/3 innings last season due to shoulder issues.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    James McDonald throws batting practice Friday

    Cubs pitcher James McDonald threw live batting practice Friday, marking the first time he's faced a batter in about 10 months, MLB.com reports. "This is the first time I was throwing without thinking about my arm in a while," said McDonald. "I was like, 'OK, my arm feels good.' It was fun to be able to get out there and throw off the mound to a hitter." McDonald made just six starts in 2013 due to shoulder issues, going 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA and 25:20 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings with the Pirates.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Cubs announce signing of James McDonald

    Veteran right-hander James McDonald is set with the Cubs. He has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with incentives. He is under team control through 2015, per WSCR-AM. McDonald lost most of 2013 to a shoulder injury, but went 21-17 with a 4.21 ERA the previous two years combined as a full-time starter with Pittsburgh.