Edwards (back) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
Edwards has been sidelined since suffering a back injury in late May, but he's ready to rejoin the Cubs after a four-game rehab stint at Triple-A Iowa. The 27-year-old had six straight scoreless appearances before landing on the IL, but he still has a 5.40 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 17:8 K:BB this season.
Edwards (back) will remain with Triple-A Iowa on his rehab assignment after the All-Star break, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Edwards began the rehab assignment last Monday and will stay at Triple-A for another outing or two to help him "sharpen" up. The 27-year-old appeared to find some consistency prior to suffering the back strain with 5.1 scoreless innings over his last six outings.
Edwards (back) will join Triple-A Iowa on Monday for a rehab assignment, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Edwards threw bullpen sessions Wednesday and Saturday to clear the way for his rehab stint. The right-hander moved to the injured list in mid-June with a left thoracic strain and appeared to find his groove on the mound prior to the injury with one unearned run allowed over his last 7.2 innings.
Edwards (back) completed a bullpen session Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, Edwards checked out fine upon being re-evaluated Thursday and is slated to throw again Saturday. Edwards has been on the shelf since June 13 after being diagnosed with a left thoracic strain. If he can advance to facing hitters by early next week, he'll have a chance at making it back from the 10-day injured list before the All-Star break.
Edwards (back) threw from 120 feet Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Edwards continues to slowly work his way back from a left thoracic strain that has kept him sidelined since June 10. Barring setbacks, the right-hander should be cleared to resume mound work in the near future, at which point a timetable for his return could become clearer.
Edwards was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thoracic strain, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Edwards apparently reported the soreness earlier in the week, which helps explain why he hasn't appeared in a game since Sunday. The severity of the issue is not yet known, leaving the reliever without a timetable for his return. Prior to suffering the injury, the right-hander had compiled a 2.03 ERA and 15:3 K:BB in 13.1 innings since returning from the minors at the beginning of May. Tim Collins was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take his place on the roster.
Edwards (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and earned the win in Wednesday's 3-2, 11-inning victory over the Marlins.
Edwards has now tossed two hitless and scoreless innings since returning to the majors Monday. That's obviously a small sample, but it's a step in the right direction for the righty, as he allowed runs in three of four appearances before being sent down to Triple-A in early April. Edwards still has an unsightly 14.73 ERA, though he did post ERAs under 3.00 in each of the last two seasons, so he figures to keep whittling that number down.
Edwards was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Edwards was expected to continue his role as one of the Cubs' top setup men this season but allowed six runs while recording just five outs over his first four appearances as he struggled with his new delivery being deemed illegal. He should reclaim a high-leverage role now that he's back after he recorded a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings for Iowa. Dillon Maples was optioned in a corresponding move.
Edwards has a 2.57 ERA and is allowing opposing hitters to bat just .125 against him In seven innings with Triple-A Iowa.
Edwards was sent down to Triple-A after a sluggish start to the season at the MLB level, and so far he's pitched well. The 27-year-old has a 7:2 K:BB with Iowa, which is an improvement from his 2:5 K:BB in just 1.2 innings with the Cubs this year. Edwards should be back up at some point if he continues to exhibit good control and post solid returns at Triple-A.
Edwards (hand) threw a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts in Triple-A Iowa's win over Nashville on Wednesday.
Making his return from the 7-day injured list, Edwards turned in probably his best outing at any level this season, retiring the side with two punchouts on 15 pitches (nine strikes). The Cubs decided to hit the reset button with Edwards after the right-hander walked five in his first 1.2 big-league innings of 2019. Once he's shown more consistency with his command and control, Edwards should be back up, but it will likely be a while before he sniffs the late innings again.
Edwards was placed on the minor-league injured list Wednesday with an abrasion on his right hand, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
It remains unclear how Edwards sustained the scrape on his pitching hand, but he'll take at least a week to recover on the 7-day IL. The 27-year-old appeared in three games after his demotion to Triple-A Iowa, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three over four innings.
Edwards was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Edwards was supposed to be one of the Cubs' top bullpen arms, but he's endured an awful 2019 so far. In four appearances (lasting just 1.2 innings) he's allowed six earned runs, walking five while striking out just two. He was forced to scrap a new deceptive delivery after it was ruled illegal, so it's likely that his spring preparations have been thrown off. He'll head to the minors to get his rhythm back and could return as a high-leverage arm later in the season if he can earn back manager Joe Maddon's trust.
Edwards was told recently by the league office that his new hesitation delivery was an illegal move and he won't utilize it moving forward, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Edwards had been working on a toe-tap, hesitation delivery since February, but Rangers manager Chris Woodward reportedly complained about the move after the teams met to begin the season, and the league office agreed with Woodward that it would constitute a balk. Edwards went back to a more orthodox delivery for his appearance Monday against the Braves and pitched a scoreless frame, which was much better than his three-run implosion against the Rangers on Saturday, so perhaps the forced changed in mechanics is a positive development for the righty.
Edwards (0-1) was charged with the loss and a blown save Saturday against the Rangers. He allowed three runs on two hits (including a home run) and two walks while not recording an out.
It was a disastrous 2019 debut for Edwards, who came on in the eighth inning with the Cubs up 6-5. He promptly allowed a leadoff single to Elvis Andrus followed by a walk to Nomar Mazara. The big blow came next, as he served up a three-run bomb to Joey Gallo. Edwards has been good for the Cubs out of the bullpen the past few seasons, and better days figure to come.
Manager Joe Maddon wouldn't commit to using Edwards as the Cubs' closer if Brandon Morrow (elbow) and Pedro Strop (hamstring) are both unavailable to begin the season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. "[Edwards] is so good at maybe shutting something down in the seventh or eighth [inning], I would not run away from that," Maddon said of Edwards' potential future as a closer.
Morrow is already a safe bet to open the season on the injured list, but Strop's status is more in limbo since he's at least been able to throw off flat ground lately and could clear up any concern about his health by pitching in a Cactus League game or two before spring training closes. In the event Strops fails to progress as hoped, Edwards said he would be ready to fill the ninth-inning role if needed, but Maddon's comments suggest the Cubs could look elsewhere in save situations. With a 15.2 percent career swinging-strike rate, Edwards has often been dominant at times during his four season in the big leagues, but his occasional control problems may prompt Maddon to instead turn to Steve Cishek for save opportunities. Cishek typically works in the low-90s and doesn't overpower hitters like Edwards, but his ability to limit free passes and generate groundballs at a decent clip might make him a less volatile endgame option.
Edwards signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
Edwards posted a career-best 2.60 ERA in 52 innings for the Cubs last season, with a strong 30.2 percent strikeout rate offsetting a high 14.4 percent walk rate. He'll fill a high-leverage relief role for the team again this season.
Edwards (forearm) said he'll be ready to go for Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday if the Cubs advance, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Edwards was left off the roster for Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game against the Rockies due to forearm discomfort, but the reliever doesn't expect the issue to keep him from pitching the rest of the playoffs should the Cubs advance. The 27-year-old has been one of Chicago's best relievers this season, posting a 2.60 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 67:32 K:BB through 52 innings.
Edwards is not on the Cubs' roster for the NL Wild Card Game while dealing with forearm discomfort, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Edwards first experienced the issue while pitching Sunday against the Cardinals. His absence leaves the Cubs thin on high-leverage relievers with Brandon Morrow out for the year with a bone bruise, though Pedro Strop (hamstring) was able to make the squad.
Edwards allowed one run on one hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Nationals.
After retiring the first two batters he faced in the seventh inning, Edwards walked Victor Robles and then gave up a double to Trea Turner to squander the lead. Pedro Strop suffered a hamstring injury later in the game and is expected to miss multiple weeks, leaving the ninth inning open in Chicago. While Edwards had posted a minuscule 0.75 ERA in his last 16 appearances entering play Thursday, he had more walks (11) than strikeouts (10) in that span and that wildness and volatility may prevent him from getting the first look in Strop's absence.
Edwards pitched a perfect eighth inning in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Pirates to record his 17th hold of the season.
Edwards followed strong performances by Jon Lester and Steve Cishek with an effective inning of his own, as he got three Pittsburgh hitters to ground out on just 13 pitches. The 26-year-old righty now has a 2.50 ERA this season to go along with the 17 holds and 56 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.
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