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Cubs' Junichi Tazawa: Held back by visa issues
Tazawa's arrival at Cubs' camp has been delayed due to visa issues, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The lost practice time won't help Tazawa make his case for an Opening Day roster spot, but his absence is unlikely to be a long one. He's expected to join the Cubs on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Mike Montgomery: Battling shoulder stiffness
Montgomery is battling left shoulder stiffness and won't throw off a mound for two or three days, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The injury doesn't seem to be particularly concerning, as he's still able to throw long toss and will only be kept off the mound for a few days. It seems likely that he'll have more than enough time to be ready by Opening Day, though the lefty did miss time with shoulder inflammation late last season, so it's at least something to keep an eye on for the Cubs.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Xavier Cedeno: Signs with Cubs
Cedeno signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Wednesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
Cedeno has found a new home in the NL Central after being non-tendered by the Brewers earlier in the offseason. The southpaw is a good bet to break camp with the Cubs in a middle-relief role after posting a combined 2.43 ERA and 9.2 K/9 across 33.1 innings with the Brewers and White Sox last season.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Pedro Strop: Expected to open season as closer
Strop is expected open the season as the Cubs' closer, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
With Brandon Morrow (elbow) slated to miss at least the first month of the season, it sounds like Strop will handle the ninth inning in his absence. This isn't all too surprising, as Strop filled in as the team's closer in 2018 when Morrow was hurt. The right-hander was stellar for the Cubs last season, converting 13 saves while posting a 2.26 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 8.6 K/9 in 59.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Builds up to 90 feet
Morrow (elbow) threw from 90 feet Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Morrow continues to work his way back from arthroscopic elbow surgery he underwent back in November. The right-hander, who is on track to miss at least the first month of the 2019 campaign, is hoping to be cleared for daily catch by next week. While Morrow is on the shelf, Pedro Strop is expected to handle the ninth inning for Chicago.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Daniel Descalso: Will play lots of second base early
Manager Joe Maddon suggested Descalso will be the primary option at second base early in the season, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
With Addison Russell suspended for all of April, Javier Baez will slide over to shortstop, leaving an opening at second base. Maddon said Wednesday, "It's congested. We've got to play through camp and see how it plays out." Descalso looks to be the main beneficiary, but Ben Zobrist should start frequently at second as well when not needed in the outfield.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' David Bote: Opening as backup shortstop
Bote will open the year as the Cubs' backup shortstop behind Javier Baez, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Addison Russell is suspended for the first month of the season, and Bote is the only other player on the Cubs' roster capable of handling shortstop. He only started there once last season at the big-league level but did receive 14 starts at short in Triple-A. He's unlikely to receive many opportunities there after April ends, and may not even remain on the roster once Russell returns, but he'll have an outside shot at securing additional positional eligibility in some formats, which could provide a small boost to his value.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Kendall Graveman: Heads to 60-day injured list
Graveman (elbow) was moved to the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
This is a procedural move, as Graveman is expected to miss most if not all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July of 2018. This move opens up a 40-man roster spot for the Cubs while Graveman rehabs his injury.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Colin Rea: Working with restrictions in camp
Rea (undisclosed) will be on a restricted schedule during spring training, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
It's unclear what is holding Rea back, but the Cubs will play it safe with the right-hander after a lat injury torpedoed his 2018 campaign. Rea's status for Opening Day remains up in the air. He doesn't figure to play a significant role for the Cubs in 2019 even when healthy.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Tony Barnette: Cleared for normal spring
Barnette (shoulder) will have no restrictions during spring training, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Barnette's 2018 campaign was cut short in July due to a shoulder sprain, but he's back to full health heading into spring. Prior to getting hurt, the veteran right-hander compiled a 2.39 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 26:5 K:BB across 26.1 innings for the Rangers. Barnette will likely fill a middle-relief role for his new club.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Adbert Alzolay: Hindered by side injury
Alzolay (side) will be two weeks behind other pitchers during spring training, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Alzolay apparently felt something in his side while throwing last week, and seeing as his 2018 season was cut short due to a lat strain, the Cubs will proceed extra cautiously with the young right-hander. Alzolay figures to open the season back with Triple-A Iowa, where he posted a 4.76 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across eight starts (39.2 innings) before getting hurt last season.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Cristhian Adames: Inks NRI deal with Cubs
Adames signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Adames spent all of 2018 at the Triple-A level in the Marlins organization. He hit .269 and made contact a whopping 85.1 percent of the time with New Orleans, but he displayed little power or speed. There doesn't seem to be a spot on the major-league roster for Adames even with his ability to play each infield position, so he seems destined for another year at Triple-A as an organizational depth piece.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Carlos Ramirez: Invited to Cubs camp
Ramirez signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs that includes an invitation to spring training.
Ramirez has thrown 25 major-league innings over the last two seasons with Toronto and Oakland. The 27-year-old has a strong 2.88 ERA, though his peripherals don't come close to supporting that figure. His FIP sits at 4.88 thanks in large part to a mediocre 19:12 K:BB, and it's taken a .102 BABIP to get him to his low ERA.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Tony Barnette: Signs with Cubs
Barnette (shoulder) signed a one-year deal with the Cubs with a club option for 2020 on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Barnette will make $750,000 plus incentives in 2019 and $3 million the following year if his option is picked up. A shoulder sprain cut the 35-year-old's season short in early July, though he was pitching quite well in the first half of the year, recording a 2.39 ERA in 26.1 innings. He should be a capable middle-relief option in Chicago if he's able to fully bounce back.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Ian Clarkin: Clears waivers
Clarking cleared waivers Friday and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Clarkin should finally be able to settle down on the north side of Chicago after bouncing between the White Sox and Cubs three times already this offseason. Coming off a year in which he posted a 4.98 ERA in 68.2 innings for Double-A Birmingham, it would be surprising to see him make a big-league impact this season.... See More ... See Less