Manager David Ross said May 25 that Wick (oblique) began a throwing program, MLB.com reports.
Wick isn't known to have advanced to mound work at this stage of his rehab program, so the right-hander may still be a week or more away from heading to the minors for game action. The 28-year-old was one of the Cubs' top late-inning arms in 2020, posting a 3.12 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 19 appearances while picking up four saves and five holds. Whenever he returns from his oblique strain, Wick will likely work in a setup capacity in front of closer Craig Kimbrel.
Wick (oblique) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday.
Wick dealt with an oblique issue throughout spring training and has been on the injured list since the start of the regular season. While the right-hander has been throwing at the Cubs' alternate training site, he'll require more time before he's cleared to make his season debut. A timetable for his return hasn't yet been established.
Wick was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Although Wick won't be ready for Opening Day due to an injury that he dealt with throughout camp, he recently completed a 25-pitch bullpen session. It's not yet clear when he'll be cleared to face live hitters, but he appears to be nearing full health despite his placement on the injured list. Brandon Workman could step into a setup role for the Cubs while Wick is sidelined.
Wick (ribs) completed a 25-pitch bullpen session in the past couple days, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old entered camp battling an intercostal injury but appears to be nearing full health. Wick may not be ready for Opening Day since he still has yet to face live hitters, but he could be cleared for game action shortly thereafter.
Wick (ribs) advanced from long toss to mound work this week, throwing one 10-pitch bullpen session, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Wick arrived at camp with an intercostal injury, and while he's continued to make progress, he's probably out of time to avoid a trip to the injured list with Opening Day less than two weeks away. Assuming his effectiveness returns along with his health, he should be one of the top setup men in the Cubs' bullpen, as he owns a 2.66 ERA in 50.2 innings over the last two years. That's a role that could have some fantasy value this season, as Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel hasn't been anything close to reliable in recent seasons.
Cubs manager David Ross said Sunday that Wick (rib) has increased his throwing distance off flat ground to 105 feet, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
While Ross noted that Wick is making good progress over the past two weeks, the skipper was unwilling to speculate on when the right-hander might be ready to pitch in spring games, according to Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago. Given that Wick will still need to complete multiple bullpen sessions and live batting practice sessions before being cleared for his Cactus League debut, he looks unlikely to be ready to go for Opening Day.
Manager David Ross said Thursday that Wick (ribs) played catch within the past few days and felt good afterward, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wick has been dealing with an intercostal injury to begin spring training, and the Cubs have been bringing him along slowly as a result. Ross said that he got a lot of "positive feedback" from Wick after he played catch, but he still didn't have a timetable for his return. The right-hander is still a long shot to be ready for Opening Day, but he appears to be progressing well in his recovery. He's expected to serve as a top setup man for Chicago once he's healthy.
Wick believes it's unlikely that he'll start the season on time given how the Cubs have cautiously managed his intercostal injury, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Wick was lined up to be one of the top deputies to Craig Kimbrel at the back of the Cubs' bullpen this season, a role which could lead to saves given Kimbrel's shakiness in recent years. He now isn't expected to fill that role at the beginning of the campaign. The issue reportedly is still lingering from last season, which could be cause for concern.
Wick will be delayed to start camp due to an intercostal injury, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The exact nature and severity of the issue are not yet clear, but it's certainly not a positive sign to see a pitcher enter the year already battling injury problems. It's perhaps doubly discouraging in Wick's case, as he also had his 2020 campaign end prematurely due to a mid-September oblique strain. If healthy, he could potentially pick up some saves this season after saving four games while recording a 3.12 ERA last year, but a trip to the injured list can't be ruled out.
Wick was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left oblique strain and could be done for the season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The absence of Wick, who has a 3.12 ERA and four saves this season, is a significant one for a Chicago bullpen lacking in reliable arms. The Cubs activated Andrew Chafin (finger) from the 10-day IL in a corresponding move to fill Wick's roster spot. With Wick sidelined, Jeremy Jeffress should have a sturdier grip on the closer's role, and Craig Kimbrel will likely be in the mix for more saves as well.
Wick (0-1) allowed one run while giving up a hit and a walk over one inning in a 1-0 loss to the Brewers on Friday. He struck out one.
A Ryan Braun sacrifice fly made the difference in Friday's low-scoring affair. It was the first run Wick has allowed in his last seven appearances. Despite not recording a save since mid-August, Wick remains a high-leverage option out of the Cubs bullpen.
Wick (0-1) allowed a run on one hit and a walk to take the loss Friday against the Brewers.
Wick got the eighth inning in a 0-0 game and set the side down in order. However, he ran into trouble when he came back out for the ninth, allowing the first two batters to reach. That got Jeremy Jeffress into the game, and he allowed the lead runner to score on a sacrifice fly. Despite the loss, Wick has been pretty solid for the Cubs, as the righty owns a 3.52 ERA and 18:5 K:BB across 15.1 innings this season. He and Jeffress should continue to share the closer role.
Wick pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Monday, wrapping up a 5-1 win over the Cardinals.
The Cubs had dropped three straight games to St. Louis coming into Monday, so while Wick didn't pitch in a save situation, it was an important outing nonetheless. The 27-year-old reliever has been effective with a 3.38 ERA so far this season, though he seems to have taken a seat behind Jeremy Jeffress for 1A closing duties.
Wick pitched a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts to record a hold in Friday's 4-1 win over the Cardinals.
After Yu Darvish cruised through seven innings, Wick worked the eighth to earn his fourth hold of the season, and Jeremy Jeffress closed things out in the ninth. Jeffress now has five saves to lead the club, but Wick is right behind him with four saves of his own. The pair should continue to share the closer role to some degree, which caps their respective fantasy values, though both pitchers have performed well so far.
Wick earned the save against St. Louis on Tuesday, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings and allowing one walk while striking out three.
Wick was called upon with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning with Chicago staked to a three-run lead. He struck out Andrew Knizner to close out the frame, then worked around a one-out walk in the ninth inning to notch the save. Wick has allowed only one run over eight frames this season while notching an 8:1 K:BB. He appears to be locked in to the closer role for the Cubs.
Wick allowed a run on two hits but was able to record the save in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.
Wick started the ninth inning by recording the first two outs in order, but he allowed Avisail Garcia to reach on a single. Garcia then advanced twice on defensive indifference and came home on a double by Justin Smoak. Wick was able to batten down from there and retire Omar Narvaez to end the game. The run was the first allowed this season by Wick, who has a 1.50 ERA and is 3-for-3 in save opportunities.
Wick pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the save in Monday's 2-0 win over the Royals.
This is the second save for Wick in the last three days, and while the team hasn't formally announced a change at closer, it appears manager David Ross is willing to try some alternatives to Craig Kimbrel, who has a 27.00 ERA through two appearances in 2020 and struggled most of last season. Both Wick and Jeremy Jeffress have picked up saves in the early going, and the duo figures to stay active late in games for the Cubs.
Wick earned a two-out save in Saturday's win over the Pirates.
Wick entered the game in the ninth inning after Kyle Ryan allowed three runs on three hits in one-third of an inning, and he got the job done despite issuing a walk. This was Wick's first save of the season and, while Craig Kimbrel is expected to remain the closer for the time being, Wick should continue to hold a steady role in the bullpen for the foreseeable future.
Wick is a virtual lock to be a part of the Cubs' bullpen whenever the 2020 season is able to begin, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wick started the 2019 season in the minors and spent about half of the year there, but he was great when he got a chance in the majors, posting a 2.43 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 35 strikeouts across 33.1 innings. That performance solidified the 27-year-old's role heading into 2020, and he should operate as a high-leverage option who could displace Craig Kimbrel as the team's closer if the latter's struggles continue this season.
Wick pitched the ninth inning in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Padres, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out three.
Wick came on in a non-save situation, though it is telling that the Cubs turned to the righty to close out a fairly close game as they battle for a playoff spot. While the 26-year-old allowed a run in this one, he still owns a strong 2.79 ERA for the season, and he could get save opportunities with Craig Kimbrel (elbow) on the injured list.
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