Wiliams (appendix) played light catch Sunday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Williams is beginning to ease back into baseball activities after requiring an appendectomy May 30, but since he hasn't been cleared for mound work yet, he appears unlikely to make it back from the 10-day injured list when first eligible this week. Kohl Stewart has made two straight starts in place of Williams and could get the nod when Williams' turn comes up again next weekend versus the Cardinals. Alec Mills (back), who built up to six innings in his most recent rehab outing June 2 at Triple-A Iowa, would represent another option to fill in for Williams.
Williams (appendicitis) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Williams was scheduled to start Monday's game against the Padres but underwent an appendectomy Sunday. He doesn't have a timetable for his return, but he's scheduled to meet with a doctor Thursday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Right-hander Kohl Stewart was recalled to start Monday's game, and he could continue to start in Williams' place until he's cleared to return.
Williams won't make his scheduled start Monday against the Padres after he underwent an appendectomy Sunday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
The Cubs haven't yet announced who will take Williams' place as the starter for Monday's series opener against the Padres. It's not yet clear whether the right-hander will be forced to miss more than one turn through the rotation following his procedure.
Williams (3-2) pitched six innings of one-run ball to earn the win Wednesday against the Pirates. He allowed three hits and no walks while striking out seven.
Making his third appearance of the season against his former team, Williams was much sharper than in the previous two outings, when he allowed seven earned runs across just 7.1 innings. This was also the longest the righty has lasted in a game since his first start of the year back on April 5, and he was just one off his season high in strikeouts. Williams will look to build on the strong outing in his next scheduled start Monday against the Padres.
Williams did not factor into the decision during Thursday's win over the Nationals, allowing two runs on five hits and a pair of walks while striking out five across 4.2 innings.
All of his damage came via back-to-back long balls off the bats of Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber in the first inning. After the shaky frame that also included a leadoff walk and a single, Williams was able to shut Washington down for the rest of his short outing, although the 29-year-old did show some improvement after getting yanked after two innings and 42 pitches Saturday in Detroit. Williams has allowed 13 runs on 20 hits and 10 walks over last four starts, bringing his season stat line to a 5.97 ERA and 1.78 WHIP. The right-hander's next projected start comes on the road Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Williams didn't factor into the decision in Saturday's 9-8 extra-inning loss to the Tigers, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks over two innings. He struck out two.
The right-hander got staked to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but immediately squandered it by coughing up three runs in the bottom of the frame, and after Williams escaped another jam in the second, Cubs manager David Ross had seen enough. Williams hadn't lasted longer than four innings in any of his last three starts, with the rough patch ballooning his ERA to 6.27, and his 11.4 percent walk rate on the year is the worst of his career.
Williams gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over four innings during Saturday's 3-2 win over the Pirates. He had six strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.
The right-hander surrendered a two-run homer to Ka'ai Tom during the fourth inning, but he otherwise kept Pittsburgh off the board. The Cubs didn't score the game-deciding run until the seventh inning, so he wouldn't have earned the victory even if he lasted the five frames necessary to earn a win. Williams has a 5.81 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 35:16 K:BB across 31 innings this season.
Williams allowed six runs on six hits and four walks across 2.2 innings and did not factor into the decision Sunday against the Reds. He struck out two.
Williams probably deserved his third loss of the season, but the Cubs rallied from an early deficit to tie the game before falling 13-12 in 10 innings, so the righty escaped the decision. It was still the worst outing of the year so far for Williams, who was tagged for three home runs, and it pushed his ERA up to 6.00 through six starts. He'll look to get back on track his next time out Saturday against the Pirates.
Williams (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits across five innings to take the loss Tuesday against Atlanta. He walked two and struck out eight.
Williams set a new season high with the eight strikeouts, but he got zero run support and was saddled with his second loss in five starts. Other than when he allowed five runs on 10 hits across 3.1 innings back on April 11, the righty has been solid, allowing two or fewer runs in his other four outings. Williams will take a 4.44 ERA into his next scheduled start Sunday against the Reds.
Williams did not factor into the decision during Thursday's win over the Mets after allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings.
All of the damage charged to Williams came from a two-run homer off the bat of Pete Alonso in the fourth inning. Otherwise, the 28-year-old turned in a decent showing, leaving the game in line for the win before the bullpen blew the lead in the seventh. Williams has given up two or fewer runs in three of his first four outings, though his one blowup means he still has a 4.66 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He'll look to notch his third win of the year Tuesday at Atlanta.
Williams (2-1) allowed one run on four hits and three walks while fanning four across five innings to get the win Saturday over the Braves.
Williams had a rough performance in his previous outing, when he allowed five runs across 3.1 innings at Pittsburgh, but he bounced back admirably here and ended just three outs away from what would've been his second quality start of the campaign. The right-hander has given up two or fewer runs in two of his first three outings of the campaign, and his upcoming start is scheduled for next week at home against the Mets.
Williams (1-1) allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out three in 3.1 innings in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday.
Williams was quite sharp in his Cubs debut Monday, but he was unable to find the same success against his former team Sunday. The right-hander allowed baserunners in every inning and was unable to get much support from the Cubs' faltering offense. Through his first two starts with Chicago, Williams has posted a 6.75 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 9.1 innings. Williams lines up to make his next start at home against Atlanta on Saturday.
Williams (1-0) allowed two runs across six innings of work to earn the win Monday against the Brewers. He gave up two hits and two walks while striking out six.
Making his Cubs debut after spending his first five seasons with the Pirates, Williams looked good against a familiar NL Central opponent. He had a perfect game going into the sixth inning, and though things went sideways thereafter, his six strikeouts stood out for a pitcher who typically relies on generating weak contact to record outs. Williams probably can't be counted on to be a strikeout-per-inning pitcher on a regular basis, but fantasy managers certainly won't complain about his first result. Williams will look to keep it rolling when he takes on his former Pittsburgh club Sunday.
Williams is expected to begin the season as the Cubs' No. 4 pitcher, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Kyle Hendricks was officially named the Opening Day starter Tuesday, and he's expected to be followed by Jake Arrieta and Zach Davies. Manager David Ross didn't confirm the order after Hendricks, but it makes sense based on how the pitchers have lined up this spring. Williams struggled last year with the Pirates, posting a 6.18 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 55.1 innings, but he's turned in better results not too long ago (3.11 ERA and 1.18 WHIP across 170.2 innings in 2018), so the Cubs are hoping he can recapture that form.
Williams has a 1.04 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and seven strikeouts across 8.2 Cactus League innings so far.
Williams actually leads the Cubs in innings pitched to date, as the organization is taking a long look at the veteran. He's mostly been a starter in the majors, but he's competing with Alec Mills and Adbert Alzolay for one of two open rotation spots, so someone could end up getting bumped to the bullpen, though the team could experiment with a six-man rotation as well.
Manager David Ross said Williams and a handful of other pitchers could shift between the rotation and the bullpen in an effort to manage workloads this season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and Zach Davies are expected to lead the Chicago rotation, but beyond that trio, the roles are less clear. Ross said it's too early to say Williams is a full-time starter. Instead, the veteran righty could potentially work in more of a swing role, along with the likes of Adbert Alzolay and Alec Mills, as the team goes from 60 games to 162. "I don't want to put anybody in certain boxes," Ross said. "Let's continue to just see how that pans out and how guys are throwing, because like I've said a number of times, I think it's going to take a number of guys to get through this season." Williams last pitched out of the bullpen back in 2017, when he made 25 starts and six relief appearances.
Williams has been working on his slider grip during spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Williams is seeking to add variation to his slider, shaping the pitch differently based on his matchup. He generated some swings and misses with the new version of the pitch in his spring debut with the Cubs. Williams has a chance to claim the fifth starter role with the club to begin the regular season.
Williams signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Cubs on Saturday, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Williams was quite a useful pitcher for the Pirates in 2018, recording a 3.11 ERA in 31 starts, though that came with some mediocre peripherals and a 4.54 xFIP. He's been significantly worse over the past two years, recording a combined 5.60 ERA in 37 starts. The Cubs presumably aren't looking for Williams to do much more than compete for a spot at the back of the rotation. His main competition for that role at the moment appears to be Kohl Stewart.
Williams elected free agency Saturday, John Dreker of Pirates Prospects reports.
Williams cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week, and he'll become a free agent rather than accepting his outright assignment. The right-hander could attempt to find a role as a back-end starter or as a reliever with a different organization after posting a 6.18 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 55.1 innings in 2020.
Williams was designated for assignment Friday.
The 6.18 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 49:21 K:BB Williams logged in 55.1 innings this past season sealed his fate with this new front office. He could get a look in another organization as a back-end starter or he could transition into a reliever.
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|05/20||vs WAS||W 5-2||4.2||5||2||2||5|
|05/15||@ DET||L 8-9||2.0||4||3||2||2|
|05/08||vs PIT||W 3-2||4.0||5||2||2||6|
|05/02||@ CIN||L 12-13||2.2||6||6||4||2|
|04/27||@ ATL||L 0-5||1||5.0||6||2||2||8|
|04/22||vs NYM||W 4-3||5.0||5||2||1||6|
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|2015||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||14.0||3||3||0||0||2||0||13||7||15||2.57||1.571|