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Cubs' Trevor Williams: Takes no-decision Saturday
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.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Craig Kimbrel: Notches sixth save
Kimbrel allowed one walk with zero strikeouts during a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Saturday versus Pittsburgh.
The 32-year-old delivered a two-out walk to Phillip Evans but otherwise had no issues setting down the Pirates. Kimbrel is 6-for-7 in save chances with a 0.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 21:7 K:BB through 14 innings to begin the 2021 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Javier Baez: Battling back tightness
Baez left Saturday's game against the Pirates with back tightness, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Baez went 1-for-3 at the plate prior to exiting with the injury. It doesn't sound like a particularly serious one, but the shortstop could still find himself on the bench for at least one game. The Cubs have an off day Monday, so he'll wind up with two consecutive days of rest if he sits out Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Dan Winkler: Plays catch
Winkler (triceps) played catch Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Winkler has been out since Tuesday with right triceps tendinitis. Whether or not he's in contention to return from the injured list when first eligible is uncertain, but the fact that he's able to throw in some capacity is good news.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Scheduled to throw bullpen
Arrieta (thumb) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Arrieta was playing catch prior to Saturday's game against the Pirates, and the right-hander is slated throw his second bullpen session in the last three days. Arrieta was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb abrasion Tuesday, but he could return as early as next weekend at Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Andrew Chafin: Records sixth hold
Chafin allowed a run on a hit and a walk across an inning of work but was able to record a hold in Friday's win over the Pirates.
It was the first time Chafin allowed a run in an appearance since April 24, and his ERA still sits at a solid 3.60. He now leads the Cubs with six holds and should continue to work as the team's top left-handed reliever.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Eric Sogard: Starting Saturday
Sogard is starting at second base and batting eighth in Saturday's game against the Pirates.
David Bote is sliding over from second to third, which opens up the keystone for Sogard. With Ian Happ (ribs) and Nico Hoerner (forearm) currently on the injured list, the Cubs have been using Kris Bryant more frequently in the outfield, with Bote, Sogard and Matt Duffy filling in at second and third. That trio will see its playing time diminish when Happ and Hoerner are able to rejoin the team.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' David Bote: Collects two hits, run in win
Bote went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Friday's win over the Pirates.
Bote scored the second of three Chicago runs in the one-run victory. The 28-year-old is still batting just .193 this season, but he should continue to see regular playing time at second base while Nico Hoerner (forearm) is on the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Joc Pederson: Tallies three hits Friday
Pederson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run in Friday's 3-2 win over the Pirates.
Pederson scored the Cubs' first run of the game on a fielding error in the bottom of the first inning, and he drove in a run with a single to right field in the second. Pederson has now appeared in three games since he returned from the 10-day injured list, and he's gone 4-for-9 with two RBI, two runs and two walks during that time.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Rex Brothers: Earns first save
Brothers allowed one hit and no walks in a scoreless third of an inning to earn the save against the Pirates on Friday.
Ryan Tepera recorded the first two outs of the ninth inning, but Brothers was brought in to record the final out and preserve the one-run lead. Brothers gave up a single and hit Adam Frazier to load the bases, but he forced a flyout to end the game. As a result, he picked up his first save since 2013. Although Brothers' save was encouraging, Craig Kimbrel has a secure grasp on the closing duties and was simply unavailable Friday.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Zach Davies: Sharp against Pirates
Davies (2-2) allowed five hits and one walk while striking out one in seven scoreless innings to earn the win against the Pirates on Friday.
Davies put together his first scoreless outing as a Cub on Friday, and he picked up his first win since his season debut April 4. Even though the right-hander only struck out one batter against the Pirates, he's now allowed just two runs (one earned) in 11 innings across his last two starts. Davies tentatively lines up to make his next start on the road Wednesday against Cleveland.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Nick Martini: Contract selected by Cubs
Martini's contract was selected by the Cubs on Friday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.
The 30-year-old has played 87 games at the highest level and owns a respectable .269/.378/.380 slash line. He was part of the Phillies' player pool last season but never made the active roster. He'll likely serve in a bench role during his time with the team. Ian Happ (ribs) landed on the injured list in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Jason Adam: Joins big-league club
Adam was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The 30-year-old was optioned to the alternate site last week but will rejoin the Cubs ahead of Friday's series opener versus the Pirates. Adam has surrendered seven runs on seven hits with a 10:6 K:BB across 6.2 innings out of the bullpen this season.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Kyle Ryan: DFA'd by Cubs
Ryan was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Friday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The 29-year-old was promoted Tuesday after a brief stint in the minors, and he lost his spot on the 40-man roster after giving up one run on two hits and a walk while not recording an out Wednesday. Ryan could remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed on waivers.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Ian Happ: Lands on injured list
Happ was placed on the injured list with a left rib contusion Friday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.
The move comes as no surprise, as Happ hasn't taken the field since colliding with teammate Nico Hoerner (forearm) on Tuesday. Hoerner has also been placed on the injured list. Happ's transaction was backdated by three days, so he'll be eligible to return next Friday, though it remains to be seen whether or not the Cubs expect him to do so. Nick Martini was recalled in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Cubs' Ian Happ: Still out Friday
Happ (ribs) is out of the lineup Friday against the Pirates.
It's the third straight absence for the 26-year-old after suffering a rib injury on a collision with teammate Nico Hoerner (forearm) during the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers. Happ was reportedly available off the bench Wednesday and figures to be available again Friday. Kris Bryant will shift to center field while Matt Duffy starts at third base.... See More ... See Less
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