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  • Cubs' Hayden Wesneski: Takes loss Friday

    Wesneski (2-4) allowed a solo home run in an inning of relief work to take the loss Friday against the Cardinals.

    Wesneski allowed the first run of the game in the eighth inning, a solo shot by Pedro Pages, then got saddled with the loss as the Cubs got blanked 3-0. Despite the hiccup, the 26-year-old has been solid this season as he's settled into a relief role for Chicago, posting a 2.84 ERA and 34 strikeouts across 38 innings.

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  • Cubs' Kyle Hendricks: Looks sharp Friday

    Hendricks tossed 4.1 scoreless innings of relief in Friday's 3-0 loss to the Cardinals. He allowed two hits and struck out one.

    Chicago starter Jordan Hicks departed after just 1.2 innings due to an oblique injury, which pushed Hendricks into action. The veteran responded well and had perhaps his best outing of the season, giving the Cubs some much-needed length out of the bullpen. While Hendricks still has an ugly 8.20 ERA overall, he's been better lately with 8.2 scoreless innings over his last three appearances. However, Hendricks still has limited fantasy appeal in his current long-relief role.

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  • Cubs' Jordan Wicks: IL stint likely

    Cubs manager Craig Counsell said after Friday's 3-0 loss to the Cardinals that Wicks will get an MRI for his right oblique and that a stint on the injured list is "likely," Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Wicks was lifted from Friday's game after just 1.2 innings due to right oblique discomfort. He was previously on the injured list due to a left forearm strain that kept him out of action for nearly six weeks. Wicks made two appearances since being activated off the IL on June 7, including Friday's start. Kyle Hendricks came in to replace Wicks on Friday, and the former figures to enter the Cubs' rotation due to the latter's injury.

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  • Cubs' Jordan Wicks: Dealing with oblique injury

    Wicks had to be lifted from Friday's start versus the Cardinals because of a right oblique discomfort, Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Wicks recorded just five outs before having to be removed. Cubs manager Craig Counsell said during an in-game interview of Wicks' oblique injury that the pitcher "felt it pretty good," but the team won't know more until after he's examined following the game. Kyle Hendricks replaced Wicks on Friday and makes for an obvious candidate to take his rotation spot if Wicks needs to miss time, which seems likely.

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  • Cubs' Jordan Wicks: Exits outing with injury

    Wicks was removed from Friday's start against the Cardinals in the second inning with an injury, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Wicks evidently tweaked something while surrendering a Dylan Carlson single with two outs in the second frame. The left-hander recently returned from a flexor strain, although it's not clear at this point whether that's what he might be dealing with again.

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  • Cubs' Ben Brown: Stress reaction in neck

    Brown has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his neck, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Brown was placed on the 15-day injured list earlier this week with what was referred to as a neck strain at the time. With this more serious diagnosis, he is likely to be sidelined longer than the minimum 15 days, although a clearer timeline isn't yet available. Jordan Wicks has re-entered the Cubs' rotation in Brown's place.

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  • Cubs' Pete Crow-Armstrong: Not in Friday's lineup

    Crow-Armstrong is out of the lineup for Friday's game versus the Cardinals.

    Crow-Armstrong will sit Friday after a run of four straight starts, during which he went 3-for-15 with five strikeouts and two stolen bases. Mike Tauchman will man center field while Cody Bellinger receives a turn as Chicago's designated hitter.

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  • Cubs' Yency Almonte: Throwing live batting practice

    Almonte (shoulder) will throw a live batting practice session Friday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    It appears to be the first time he's faced hitters since going down with a right shoulder strain in early May. Almonte should be ready for a rehab assignment before long and is tracking toward a return before the end of the month.

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  • Cubs' Jordan Wicks: Drawing start Friday

    Wicks is slated to start Friday's game against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

    Wicks worked out of the bullpen in last Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Reds following his return from the 15-day injured list, but he'll slot back into the rotation for Friday's series opener after Ben Brown (neck) landed on the IL. Given that he covered 3.1 innings and 52 pitches in his relief outing last weekend, Wicks should be fairly stretched out. Over his five starts prior to landing on the IL in late April, Wicks went 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 28:9 K:BB across 23 innings.

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  • Cubs' Mark Leiter: Struggles in loss

    Leiter (2-4) allowed three runs on three hits and a walk while retiring just two batters to take the loss Thursday against the Rays. He struck out one.

    Chicago starter Justin Steele tossed six scoreless innings, but his effort was quickly wasted by Leiter, who couldn't get out of the seventh. The righty reliever has allowed runs in each of his last two appearances, which has pushed his ERA up from 3.20 to 4.44. Leiter had a sub-4.00 ERA each of the last two seasons for the Cubs, so while he's struggled some lately, his track record suggests that better days will be ahead.

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  • Cubs' Justin Steele: Throws six scoreless in no-decision

    Steele did not factor into the decision in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out five over six scoreless innings.

    Steele cruised through five innings then ran into some trouble in the sixth, but he escaped a bases-loaded jam and departed with a 2-0 lead at 93 total pitches. Steele earned his third quality start in his past four outings, but he is still winless on the season after the bullpen allowed three runs. Despite the tough luck, Steele's 3.22 ERA and 1.09 WHIP through nine starts are actually lower than his ratios last season, when he finished fifth in NL Cy Young voting. He will try to earn his first win against the Giants next Tuesday.

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  • Cubs' Ian Happ: Day off Thursday

    Happ is not in the lineup for Thursday's game in Tampa Bay.

    Happ has had a rough road trip, collecting just one hit in 21 at-bats. He'll rest for the final game of the trip as Mike Tauchman draws the start in left field for the Cubs.

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  • Cubs' Dansby Swanson: Absent from lineup

    Swanson is not in the lineup for Thursday's game in Tampa Bay.

    It looks to be a simple day of rest for Swanson, who had started each of the previous 20 contests. Nico Hoerner will shift over to shortstop and Michael Busch will handle second base for the Cubs.

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  • Cubs' Owen Caissie: Power, Ks at Triple-A

    Caissie has four home runs, 14 strikeouts and five walks in 34 at-bats this month for Triple-A Iowa.

    The 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .278/.403/.454 with seven home runs, five steals and a 29 percent strikeout rate in 57 games at Triple-A. Caissie's power and strikeouts have both spiked over the past couple weeks. He hits the ball hard (30.3 percent hard-hit rate), especially for his age, but Caissie's .397 BABIP this year at Triple-A and .407 BABIP last year at Double-A are inflated marks that have propped up his batting averages.

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  • Cubs' Tyson Miller: Earns first win

    Miller (1-0) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts to earn the win in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Rays.

    Miller came over to Chicago via a trade from Seattle on May 13, and while he's been effective across nine appearances with the Cubs, this was his first win with his new team. The righty now has a 2.01 ERA for the season, which includes a stellar 0.84 ERA over 10.2 innings with Chicago. Miller has limited fantasy upside as a middle reliever, though he's been excellent in his role.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .228
(25th)
292
(17th)
67
(18th)
3.92
(15th)

Injuries

Player Injury
B. Brown RP Ben Brown RP Neck
J. Wicks SP Jordan Wicks SP Oblique
A. Alzolay RP Adbert Alzolay RP Forearm
J. Merryweather RP Julian Merryweather RP Ribs
Y. Almonte RP Yency Almonte RP Shoulder

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