Almora could work in a rotation with fellow outfielders Ian Happ and Steven Souza, and all three would likely benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH for the 2020 season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Before spring training was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, Almora and Happ were competing for the primary role in center field, and that battle will likely continue into the regular season, whenever it is able to begin. The league has been mulling some ways to condense the schedule with games being held in just a few sites, and a universal DH idea has popped up as well. The latter development would bode well for Almora by giving him one more way to slot into the everyday lineup, but its far from certain it comes to fruition.
Almora (illness) is starting in center field and batting sixth in Friday's Cactus League game against the White Sox, LaMond Pope of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 25-year-old was unavailable for Thursday's contest against the Rangers due to the illness, but he'll make a quick return to the field Friday. Almora is competing with Ian Happ for the Opening Day job in center field.
Almora isn't available for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Rangers due to an illness, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Teammates Yu Darvish and Jason Kipnis were scratched ahead of the game with flu-like symptoms, so Almora might have fallen victim to the bug as well. As long as he's able to make a full recovery from the illness within the next couple of weeks, Almora's availability for Opening Day shouldn't be impacted. Almora has been battling Ian Happ for the top job in center field this spring.
Almora went 1-for-3 and hit his second home run of the spring in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Mariners.
Almora has been scorching hot to start spring training, as he's now batting .583 through five Cactus League games with those two home runs, six runs scored and six RBI. The 23-year-old showed up to camp with a reworked swing and it certainly looks to be making a difference in the early going. Almora is competing with Ian Happ for playing time in center field and is making a strong case for himself.
Almora reworked his swing over the offseason, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Almora needed to do something after hitting .236/.271/.381 last season, easily the worst line of his four-year big-league career. In his first game of the spring, he was noticeably more upright with less of an open stance. He also reduced his leg kick. It's too early to say whether or not the changes will help, but it gives at least some reason to believe he'll return to the more respectable numbers he posted early in his career.
Almora agreed to a one-year, $1.575 million deal with the Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
This was Almora's first of three seasons as an arbitration-eligible player. He should once again serve as a part-time outfielder on the North Side.
Almora exited Friday's game against the Cardinals due to an apparent knee injury, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Almora appeared to suffer the injury while running to first base on a fielder's choice, and Javier Baez was then called on to pinch run. the extent of Almora's injury is unknown at this time.
Almora was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday and is starting in center field and batting sixth versus the Brewers.
Almora was demoted in mid-August but returns to the Cubs after struggling at Triple-A with a .610 OPS in 13 contests. The 25-year-old took a step back this season leading to his demotion, posting a .243/.275/.396 slash line with 12 home runs in 321 at-bats.
Almora was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old struggled since Aug. 4, going 3-for-18 with five strikeouts, and with Nicholas Castellanos and Ian Happ available to play in the outfield, Almora will get a chance to right the ship at the Triple-A level. Addison Russell was recalled from Triple-A Iowa while James Norwood was optioned to Triple-A in corresponding moves. Brandon Kintzler (pectoral) was also activated from the 10-day injured list.
Almora went 3-for-3 with a go-ahead solo home run and two RBI against the Brewers on Saturday.
Almora took Junior Guerra deep in the seventh inning for his 12th home run of the season to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Amid questions about his playing time with the acquisition of Nick Castellanos, Almora only had four at-bats in last five games before Saturday. For the season, he's produced a .247/.279/.411 line across 299 at-bats and may only get sporadic starts in the outfield moving forward.
Almora is not starting Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Almora will sit for a second straight game as Ian Happ once again picks up a start in center field in his stead. With the acquisition of Nicholas Castellanos on Wednesday, Almora will likely move to a bench role for the stretch run.
Almora isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Cardinals.
Almora has been struggling at the dish of late, hitting just .206 with four homers and five RBI over 21 games in July. He'll get Tuesday night off, opening the door for Ian Happ to start in center field and bat eighth.
Almora is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Milwaukee.
Almora didn't start Saturday but came off the bench to deliver a 10th-inning homer to give the Cubs the lead, though they were unable to hold on for the win. Ian Happ receives another start in center field with Almora struggling since the All-Star break with a .631 OPS and 31.1 percent strikeout rate in 14 games.
Almora is not in the lineup Saturday against the Brewers.
Almora will head to the bench for what appears to be a regular day off following a string of nine consecutive starts. In his place, Ian Happ is manning center field and hitting seventh Saturday.
Almora went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Giants.
Almora took Tyler Beede deep in the fourth inning to notch his 10th home run of the season. He's been in a fairly deep funk at the dish of late, recording just six hits in his last 36 at-bats with two home runs, four runs scored and three RBI. For the season, he's maintained a .240/.275/.390 line across 306 plate appearances.
Almora is not starting Monday against the Reds.
Almora sits for the second straight game after previously starting seven of eight contests. Jason Heyward again starts in center field, with Kris Bryant in right.
Almora went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit solo home run and walk in an 8-3 victory against the Pirates on Sunday.
The 25-year-old received a chance to bat for Jose Quintana in the sixth and increased the Cubs' lead with a homer. He stayed in the game to play center field and walked in his only other plate appearance. On July 4, Almora hit his first homer since May 27, and now he has two long balls in his last 15 at-bats. Almora is batting .250 with nine homers, 26 RBI, 30 runs and two steals in 256 at-bats this season.
Almora is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Pirates.
Almora started off the second half 1-for-7 with three strikeouts through the first two contests and will take a seat Sunday. David Bote is starting at third base in the series finale, pushing Kris Bryant to right field and Jason Heyward to center.
Almora is not in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.
Almora owns a poor .550 OPS over his last 15 games. Jason Heyward will slide over to center field in his absence.
Almora went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Thursday against the Pirates.
Almora took Jordan Lyles deep in the second inning to record his eighth home run of the season. It was his first long ball since May 27, though he continues to play regularly thanks to his strong defense in center field. He's now hitting .249/.286/.396 across 263 plate appearances.
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