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Cubs acquire RHP Jesse Chavez from Texas

The Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers for Minor League left-handed pitcher Tyler Thomas on Thursday.

Chavez, 34, is 3-1 with three holds, one save and a 3.51 ERA (22 ER/56.1 IP) in 30 relief appearances with Texas this season. He has walked only 12 while striking out 50 in 56.1 innings, an average of only 1.9 walks per nine innings. He has pitched more than an inning in 18 of his 30 appearances this year, including 2.0 or more innings in exactly half of his outings. Chavez is 2-1 with one save and a 2.35 ERA (10 ER/38.1 IP) in his last 21 appearances starting May 4.

The Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Texas Rangers for Minor League left-handed pitcher Tyler Thomas on Thursday.

Chavez, 34, is 3-1 with three holds, one save and a 3.51 ERA (22 ER/56.1 IP) in 30 relief appearances with Texas this season. He has walked only 12 while striking out 50 in 56.1 innings, an average of only 1.9 walks per nine innings. He has pitched more than an inning in 18 of his 30 appearances this year, including 2.0 or more innings in exactly half of his outings. Chavez is 2-1 with one save and a 2.35 ERA (10 ER/38.1 IP) in his last 21 appearances starting May 4.

The righthander has spent all or part of 11 seasons in the majors with seven different clubs, going 36-52 with three saves and a 4.61 ERA (409 ER/799.0 IP) in 383 appearances, including 70 starts, with Pittsburgh (2008-09), Atlanta (2010), Kansas City (2010-11), Toronto (2012, 2016), Oakland (2012-15), the Dodgers (2016), the Angels (2017) and the Rangers (2018).

Chavez has pitched exclusively in relief this year after making 21 starts (out of 38 total appearances) with the Angels last year. He pitched solely in relief for the Blue Jays and Dodgers in 2016, combining to make 62 outings.

Thomas, 22, was selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2017 Draft out of Fresno State. He has gone 3-5 with one save and a 2.88 ERA (24 ER/75.0 IP) in 15 appearances, all but one as a starter, this year for Single-A South Bend.

Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

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Cubs announce roster moves for July 19

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to July 18) with right biceps inflammation. Right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass has been activated off of the 10-day disabled list.

Additionally, right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. (paternity list) and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. (family medical emergency leave list) have returned to the active roster, while infielder David Bote and left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher James Norwood, who had been optioned to Iowa, has been recalled to take Morrow's spot on the 25-man roster.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to July 18) with right biceps inflammation. Right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass has been activated off of the 10-day disabled list.

Additionally, right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. (paternity list) and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. (family medical emergency leave list) have returned to the active roster, while infielder David Bote and left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher James Norwood, who had been optioned to Iowa, has been recalled to take Morrow's spot on the 25-man roster.

Almora, Bass, Edwards and Norwood will all be available for the Cubs tonight as they begin their five-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Bass, 30, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 8 (retroactive to July 5) due to illness. He made one rehab appearance as part of his return, tossing a scoreless inning for Iowa on Tuesday in Memphis. Bass has no record and a 0.63 ERA (1 ER/14.1 IP) in 14 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Almora, 26, is batting .319 (88-for-276) with a career-high 19 doubles, four homers and 28 RBI in 86 games with the Cubs this season. He missed last Sunday while on the family medical emergency leave list.

Edwards, 26, is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA (9 ER/28.0 IP) in 29 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. He missed last Saturday and Sunday while on the paternity list.

Norwood, 24, is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA (1 ER/2.2 IP) in three relief outings with the Cubs this year, his first stint on a big league roster. He has combined to go 1-2 with a 2.13 ERA (9 ER/38.0 IP) in 29 relief appearances in the minors between Iowa and Double-A Tennessee.

Morrow, 33, has no record, 22 saves and a 1.47 ERA (5 ER/30.2 IP) in 35 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the 10-day disabled list in 2018, as he missed time last month due to lower back tightness.

Bote, 25, has batted .310 (13-for-42) with three doubles, one homer and nine RBI in 20 games with the Cubs this season. In 55 games with Iowa, Bote has hit .263 (56-for-213) with nine doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 38 RBI.

Zastryzny, 26, is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA (3 ER/5.2 IP) in six relief outings with the Cubs this year. He has gone 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA (15 ER/37.0 IP) in 20 relief appearances with Iowa.

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Cubs to host Cardinals and D-backs July 19-26

CHICAGO - Following the 2018 All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for the final homestand of July. The team will host a nine-game homestand featuring visits from division rival St. Louis Cardinals July 19-22, which includes the April 16 makeup game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks July 23-26.

On Friday, July 20, fans can catch the country's top high school baseball players as they gather at Wrigley Field for the 2018 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The game features intense competition, instruction and national exposure for participating players. For a limited time only, fans can secure complimentary tickets to this exciting event by simply visiting the Cubs Store at Gallagher Way. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/uagame.

CHICAGO - Following the 2018 All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for the final homestand of July. The team will host a nine-game homestand featuring visits from division rival St. Louis Cardinals July 19-22, which includes the April 16 makeup game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks July 23-26.

On Friday, July 20, fans can catch the country's top high school baseball players as they gather at Wrigley Field for the 2018 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, at 7:30 p.m. CDT. The game features intense competition, instruction and national exposure for participating players. For a limited time only, fans can secure complimentary tickets to this exciting event by simply visiting the Cubs Store at Gallagher Way. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/uagame.

 

Also happening postgame Friday, July 20, Cubs All-Star pitcher Jon Lester and his wife Farrah will host the Third Annual NVRQT Goes Country fundraiser at Joe's Bar on Weed Street from 6-10 p.m. CDT. The event is open to adults age 21 and older. The night will feature a barbecue buffet dinner, cocktails and a premium silent and live auction. Guests can play festival games with Cubs players and enjoy live entertainment from national country recording artists. Proceeds from the evening's event will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), a nonprofit dedicated to research, education and lifesaving advancement for children with cancer. Limited tickets are still available. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/nvrqt.

 

Highlights of the homestand follow.

 

Food and Beverage Offerings:

 

The Chicago Cubs and hospitality partner Levy continue their crowd-pleasing Chef Series presented by Maker's Mark for a second year with an expanded lineup of local celebrity chefs. Fans can expect a dynamic menu of offerings inspired by the chefs' signature items and their take on ballpark favorites.

 

This homestand, Rick Bayless, 2017 James Beard Outstanding Restaurant recipient and lauded TV host, will feature flavors inspired by Cruz Blanca July 19-26 at the Sheffield Corner near the Wintrust Right Field Gate.

 

The following menu items will be served during his rotation at Wrigley Field:

  • Hatch green chile chicken tacos on artisan corn tortillas with grilled Gunthorp chicken, creamy Hatch green chile sauce, red chile and cotija cheese
  • Carnitas tacos on artisan corn tortillas with crispy garlic pork shoulder, habanero-avocado salsa and pickled onions
  • Toto elotes with just-made chips topped with roasted corn, lime "crema," red chile and cotija cheese
  • Frontera guacamole with Alejandrina avocados, tomatillos, serrano chiles, cilantro, onions and just-made chips

 

Hot Doug's continues its rotating selections on Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Rick Wrona, a smoked Hungarian sausage with smoked paprika mustard and smoked gouda; the Carlos Marmol, a baked ham sausage with sweet and spicy mustard and pineapple salsa; and the Gene Clines, a spicy Vienna Beef Polish sausage with sweet and spicy mustard, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese.

 

Cubs Charities and Community Events:

 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon will once again support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his "Respect Community" charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization's T-shirt during his postgame press conference. Joe Maddon's "Respect Community" shirt Friday, July 20, is Jon Lester's NVRQT (short for "never quit"), which raises money for pediatric cancer research.

 

The Cubs leadership team and front office associates, including Executive Vice President and General Manager Jed Hoyer, will host a signing ceremony for the incoming 2018 Cubs Scholars class and celebrate the college selections of the 2017 graduate class, Monday, July 23, at 7:30 a.m. in the American Airlines Conference Center located at 1101 W. Waveland Avenue. The 2018 Cubs Scholars class includes five high school seniors selected based on Cubs Scholars criteria. The students will collectively receive $100,000 in scholarships and take part in the Cubs College Prep program where they will be paired with a Cubs associate who serves as a mentor as they prepare for college. In addition to Cubs College Prep, Cubs Charities will sponsor each of the five Cubs Scholars in a five-year college preparation and persistence program offered by Chicago Scholars, an established mentoring program serving inner-city students.

 

On Tuesday, July 24, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward will welcome youth from Future Ties to Wrigley Field for an evening of baseball and fun. Earlier this year, the Heyward Family Fund provided a $100,000 donation to support Future Ties, a nonprofit that provides after-school academic support, mentorship, life skills and summer programing to young adults in Chicago's Woodlawn community.

 

Homestand Details July 19-July 26:

    

Thursday, July 19, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 6:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Manchester City Football Club legend Paul Dickov
  • Broadcast: ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, July 20, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Bottle Opener Sunglasses presented by Budweiser, up to the first 5,000 early arriving Budweiser Bleacher adults age 21 and older
  • First pitch: MasterChef Junior season six winner and Chicago native Beni Cwiakala
  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Country music star Canaan Smith
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: 2018 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory
  • Postgame: Jon Lester's NVRQT Goes Country fundraiser at Joe's Bar on Weed Street

Saturday, July 21, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:05 p.m. (April 16 makeup game)

  • Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, July 21, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 6:15 p.m.

  • First pitch: Purdue University head football coach Jeff Brohm
  • Broadcast: FOX, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, July 22, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • 7th inning stretch: Actress Elisabeth Moss
  • Promotion: Cubs Pillowcase presented by Mastercard, up to the first 5,000 early arriving children 13 and younger
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, TBS, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 children 13 and younger

 

Monday, July 23, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:05 p.m.

  • National anthem: Cast members from the musical Heartbreak Hotel
  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Actor and Chicago native Nick Offerman
  • Promotion: Javier Báez Bobblehead presented by Garrett Popcorn Shops, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 24, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Former Chicago Blackhawks player and TV analyst Eddie Olczyk
  • Promotion: 1979-81 Cubs Replica Away Jersey presented by Benjamin Moore, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans
  • Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 25, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs outfielder and TV analyst David DeJesus
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Thursday, July 26, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: Actresses from the Netflix show "Orange Is The New Black" Taylor Schilling, Dascha Polanco and Kate Mulgrew
  • 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs TV broadcaster and current Diamondbacks TV broadcaster Bob Brenly
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com
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Cubs place OF Albert Almora Jr. on family medical emergency list

The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Albert Almora Jr. on the Family Medical Emergency List on Sunday and recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A Iowa.

Bote will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they conclude their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Albert Almora Jr. on the Family Medical Emergency List on Sunday and recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A Iowa.

Bote will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they conclude their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The 25-year-old Bote returns to the majors for his fourth stint this season. He has batted .300 (12-for-40) with two doubles, one homer and nine RBI in 19 games with the Cubs, clubbing his first major league homer on July 4 vs. Detroit. In 55 games with Iowa, Bote has hit .263 (56-for-213) with nine doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 38 RBI.

Bote was originally selected by the Cubs in the 18th round of the 2012 Draft. He enjoyed a breakout season last year with Double-A Tennessee, batting .272 (128-for-470) with 30 doubles, three triples, 14 homers and 59 RBI in 127 games while turning in a .792 OPS to earn mid- and post-season Southern League All-Star honors. Bote continued his strong 2017 by hitting .333 (23-for-69) with four homers, 14 RBI and a .931 OPS in 19 games in the Arizona Fall League to earn All-Star honors.

Almora, 26, is batting .319 (88-for-276) with a career-high 19 doubles, four homers and 28 RBI in 86 games with the Cubs this season. He enters Sunday ranked third in the National League in batting average.

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Cubs place RHP Carl Edwards Jr. on paternity list, recall LHP Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A

SAN DIEGO - The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. on the paternity list and recalled left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa.

Zastryzny will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

SAN DIEGO - The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. on the paternity list and recalled left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa.

Zastryzny will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The 26-year-old Zastryzny joins the Cubs for the third time this year, going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA (1 ER/5.1 IP) in five relief outings during the first two stints. Zastryzny also spent time on the major league disabled list from June 24-July 5 due to a left lat strain. With Iowa this year, he has gone 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA (15 ER/37.0 IP) in 20 relief appearances.

Zastryzny has now spent parts of the three seasons (2016-18) in the big leagues with the Cubs, combining to go 2-0 with a 3.93 ERA (15 ER/34.1 IP) in 17 major league appearances, all but one in relief. The southpaw was originally selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2013 Draft out of the University of Missouri. He is 21-21 with one save and a 4.59 ERA (218 ER/427.0 IP) in 110 minor league appearances, including 78 starts, in six minor league campaigns.

Edwards, 26, is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA (9 ER/28.0 IP) in 29 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

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Cubs activate lefthander Brian Duensing

The Chicago Cubs activated left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing off of the 10-day disabled list Friday. Right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell has been optioned to Triple-A.

Duensing will be available for the Cubs on Friday when they begin their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The Chicago Cubs activated left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing off of the 10-day disabled list Friday. Right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell has been optioned to Triple-A.

Duensing will be available for the Cubs on Friday when they begin their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Duensing, 35, was placed on the disabled list on July 1 with left shoulder fatigue. He made one rehab appearance with Double-A Tennessee as part of his return, retiring all three batters faced on 11 pitches on Tuesday vs. Montgomery. With the Cubs this year, Duensing is 2-0 with one save and a 6.92 ERA (20 ER/26.0 IP) in 35 relief appearances. He owned a 0.54 ERA (1 ER/16.2 IP) in his first 23 outings through May 27 before allowing 19 earned runs in his next 9.1 innings covering 12 relief outings and being placed on the disabled list.

Farrell, 27, is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA (12 ER/28.0 IP) in 19 appearances (one start) with the Cubs this season. He is 0-2 with a 4.94 ERA (13 ER/23.2 IP) in five starts with Iowa this year.

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Cubs activate third baseman Kris Bryant

The Chicago Cubs today activated third baseman Kris Bryant off of the 10-day disabled list. Infielder David Bote has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Bryant will make the start at third base today as the Cubs conclude their three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

The Chicago Cubs today activated third baseman Kris Bryant off of the 10-day disabled list. Infielder David Bote has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Bryant will make the start at third base today as the Cubs conclude their three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Bryant was placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 26 (retroactive to June 23) with left shoulder inflammation, his first-career stint on the disabled list. He played in two rehab games with Double-A Tennessee the last two days as part of his return, going 2-for-6 (.333) with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. With the Cubs this season, Bryant is batting .280 (74-for-264) with 20 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 36 RBI in 66 games. He has a .383 on-base percentage and a .481 slugging percentage, good for an .864 OPS. 

Bote, 25, has batted .300 (12-for-40) with one homer and nine RBI in 19 games with the Cubs this season. With Iowa, he is batting .268 (56-for-209) with 12 homers and 38 RBI in 54 games.

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Cubs mourn the passing of renowned sports psychologist Dr. Ken Ravizza

The Chicago Cubs mourn the loss of renowned sports psychologist Dr. Ken Ravizza, who passed away Sunday night at the age of 70.

Ravizza was widely considered as a leader, innovator and pioneer of sports psychology and mental skills programs that the athletics world knows today, impacting countless athletes and coaches from the professional ranks, college ranks, amateur ranks, Olympics and more. Ravizza's relationship with Cal-State Fullerton, where he taught courses across the mental skills spectrum, spanned nearly 40 years in addition to his work with scores of athletes - not to mention the reported impact he had on heart surgeons, musicians, military cadets and beyond.

The Chicago Cubs mourn the loss of renowned sports psychologist Dr. Ken Ravizza, who passed away Sunday night at the age of 70.

Ravizza was widely considered as a leader, innovator and pioneer of sports psychology and mental skills programs that the athletics world knows today, impacting countless athletes and coaches from the professional ranks, college ranks, amateur ranks, Olympics and more. Ravizza's relationship with Cal-State Fullerton, where he taught courses across the mental skills spectrum, spanned nearly 40 years in addition to his work with scores of athletes - not to mention the reported impact he had on heart surgeons, musicians, military cadets and beyond.

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon first met Ravizza in the mid-1980s while working in the California Angels minor league system. Their relationship spanned more than 35 years and three major league organizations, as Ravizza followed Maddon to the Tampa Bay Rays as a mental skills consultant and became a cherished member of the Cubs organization in a similar role when Maddon was named manager here starting with the 2015 season.

Ravizza's work with the Cubs was felt across all levels of the organization and his tenure was punctuated by the club's 2016 World Series Championship. Ravizza was a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance's Advisory Board and the author several books that define the way sports psychology and mental skills are taught and practiced today.

Maddon today offered the following remembrance on behalf of the Cubs organization in honor of his dear friend:    

"Ken was a pioneer in his field, and yet he was an even greater human being. He had this calm, patient approach to his craft yet his message was always loud and clear. His words were impactful, made you think and were accompanied by passion and understanding. Ken's message resonated with a lot of different folks … whether you were a professional athlete who had reached the mountaintop, a first-year coach or somewhere in between, Ken was there to lend his voice and help others achieve their dreams.   

"He really was the best in the business. Ken had the ability to remain contemporary, and his message never got old. In the early days we really had to push for his acceptance, and we had to organize his own meetings. Today it seems like nearly every organization has a mental skills presence, and a large part of that is due to the work Ken did to make his field more mainstream.

"He would always say 'attitude is a decision', that it's your choice to approach your day with a positive vibe or a negative vibe … that was something he related when we first met nearly 40 years ago and it still applies today. His voice and thoughts shall remain in my mind forever. He was a wonderful man and a great friend who made a major impact on my life and my coaching ability. On behalf of the Cubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Ken's wife, Claire, and their two daughters, Nina and Monica."

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Three Chicago Cubs Named to N.L. All-Star Team

Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Báez, catcher Willson Contreras and left-handed pitcher Jon Lester today were named to the National League All-Star team.

 

Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Báez, catcher Willson Contreras and left-handed pitcher Jon Lester today were named to the National League All-Star team.

 

Both Báez and Contreras were voted by fans to start the 89th Major League All-Star Game Tuesday, July 17 at Washington D.C.'s Nationals Park, while Lester was named to the All-Star team through the player vote.

 

The Cubs will have at least two players start the All-Star Game for the second time in the last three seasons, as the club had four players start the game in 2016 in first baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Ben Zobrist, shortstop Addison Russell and third baseman Kris Bryant. That year the Cubs had five total players voted to start, though outfielder Dexter Fowler was unavailable due to injury.

 

Overall, the Cubs have now had 10 different players make the All-Star team within the last three seasons: pitcher Jake Arrieta, Báez, Bryant, Contreras, pitcher Wade Davis, Fowler, Lester, Rizzo, Russell and Zobrist. Additionally, the current club now features 22 combined All-Star appearances among 10 different players (active roster plus disabled list).

 

Contreras has been named to his first All-Star team and is the first Cubs catcher to make the club since Geovany Soto started the game in 2008. Contreras is only the fourth Cubs catcher to make the squad in the last 40 years, joining Soto, Joe Girardi (2000) and Jody Davis (1984, 1986).

 

Báez has been named to his first-career All-Star team and is the first Cubs second baseman to make the club since Zobrist started the game in 2016. Prior to Zobrist, the previous Cubs second baseman to be named to the squad had been Ryne Sandberg, who started the game in 1993. Overall, Baez is the fifth Cubs second baseman to be named to the club in the last 50 years, joining Zobrist, Sandberg, Manny Trillo and Glenn Beckert.

 

Lester has been named an All-Star for the fifth time in his career, his second time as a Cub, as he previously earned American League honors in 2010, 2011 and 2014 and with the Cubs in 2016. He is the first Cubs left-handed starter to make the club at least two times since Johnny Schmitz in 1946 and 1948. In 2016, Lester became the first Cubs lefty to pitch in the game since Randy Myers in 1995, who was also the last Cubs southpaw to earn two All-Star nods (also 1994).

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Cubs place righthander Anthony Bass on 10-day DL, select righthander James Norwood from Triple-A

The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list (illness, retroactive to July 5) and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher James Norwood from Triple-A Iowa. 

Norwood, who joins the first major league roster of his career, will wear uniform number 57 and be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they conclude their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list (illness, retroactive to July 5) and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher James Norwood from Triple-A Iowa. 

Norwood, who joins the first major league roster of his career, will wear uniform number 57 and be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they conclude their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

The 24-year-old Norwood joins the Cubs after going 1-2 with two saves and a 2.13 ERA (9 ER/38.0 IP) in 29 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this season. He has struck out 44 batters and walked only 12 in 38.0 innings, contributing to a 1.05 WHIP. Norwood has limited foes to a .206 batting average and allowed only two home runs.

Norwood began the 2018 campaign with Tennessee and went 1-2 with a 2.48 ERA (9 ER/32.2 IP) in 25 relief outings to earn his first-career promotion to Triple-A on June 25, where he has tossed 5.1 scoreless frames covering four relief outings leading to today's big league call-up. With Iowa, Norwood has posted a 0.56 WHIP and held opponents to a .158 batting average against.

A native of New York, NY, Norwood was originally selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft out of St. Louis University. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder pitched as both a starter and reliever during his first two years of pro ball before pitching exclusively in relief starting in 2016. Overall, Norwood is 11-14 with 17 saves and a 3.84 ERA (86 ER/201.2 IP) in 127 minor league appearances, all but 15 in relief, covering five seasons in the Cubs minor league system. He is a graduate of All Hallows High School in Bronx, NY.

Bass, 30, has no record and a 0.63 ERA (1 ER/14.1 IP) in 14 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

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Cubs sign 32 selections from 2018 MLB Draft

The Chicago Cubs announced they have signed 32 selections from the 2018 First-Year Player Draft ahead of Friday's deadline, including each of their first 20 picks. 

Overall, the Cubs have signed the following five new selections from the 2018 Draft since the club's last announcement, bringing the final total to 32 signed players: infielder Andy Weber (fifth round), lefthander Josh Sawyer (16th round), righthander Jake Reindl (17th round), righthander Niels Stone (27th round) and outfielder Edmond Americaan (35th round).

The Chicago Cubs announced they have signed 32 selections from the 2018 First-Year Player Draft ahead of Friday's deadline, including each of their first 20 picks. 

Overall, the Cubs have signed the following five new selections from the 2018 Draft since the club's last announcement, bringing the final total to 32 signed players: infielder Andy Weber (fifth round), lefthander Josh Sawyer (16th round), righthander Jake Reindl (17th round), righthander Niels Stone (27th round) and outfielder Edmond Americaan (35th round).

Here is a look at Chicago's selections from the 2018 Draft, with the signed players in bold:

 

Rd. (Pick)    Player                              Pos.        School                                                                        Birthday            B         T          Ht.    Wt.

1 (24)           Nico Hoerner                 SS           Stanford University                                                5/13/97            R         R         6-1   200

2 (62)           Brennen Davis               OF           Basha High School (Ariz.)                                     11/2/99            R         R         6-4   175

2C (77)        Cole Roederer               OF           Hart High School (Calif.)                                        9/24/99            L          L          6-0   175

2C (78)        Paul Richan                    RHP        University of San Diego                                         3/26/97            R         R         6-2   200

3 (98)           Jimmy Herron                CF            Duke University (N.C.)                                           7/27/96            R         L          6-1   195

4 (128)        Ethan Roberts               RHP        Tennessee Tech University                                  7/4/97               R         R         5-11 170

5 (158)        Andy Weber                   2B           University of Virginia                                              7/24/97            L          R         6-1   190

6 (188)        Kohl Franklin                  RHP        Broken Arrow Senior High School (Okla.)        9/9/99               R         R         6-4   190

7 (218)        D.J. Artis                         CF            Liberty University (Va.)                                         3/20/97            L          L          5-9   165

8 (248)        Zach Mort                       RHP        George Mason University (Va.)                           5/22/97            R         R         6-1   205

9 (278)        Derek Casey                   RHP        University of Virginia                                              2/15/96            R         R         6-2   190

10 (308)      Luke Reynolds               3B           University of Southern Mississippi                     3/20/95            L          R         6-1   215

11 (338)      Riley Thompson            RHP        University of Louisville (Ky.)                                 7/9/96               L          R         6-3   205

12 (368)      Cameron Sanders         RHP        Louisiana State University                                   12/9/96            R         R         6-2   175

13 (398)      Ezequiel Pagan              CF            Pro Baseball High School & Academy (P.R.)    7/8/00               L          R         6-1   163

14 (428)      Riley McCauley              RHP        Michigan State University                                    12/5/96            R         R         6-1   205

15 (458)      Tyler Durna                    1B           UC San Diego                                                           11/13/96          L          L          6-0   205

16 (488)      Josh Sawyer                  LHP         University of Texas - Austin                                10/24/94          R         L          6-3   180

17 (518)      Jake Reindl                    RHP        University of Arkansas - Fayetteville                1/15/97            R         R         6-1   190

18 (548)      Jake Slaughter              SS           Louisiana State University                                   10/24/96          R         R         6-3   200

19 (578)        Layne Looney                  RHP         University of Richmond (Va.)                                   7/26/96               R          R          5-10   200

20 (608)      Chris Allen                      LHP         Marin Community College (Calif.)                       6/13/98            L          L          6-4   180

21 (638)      Carlos Vega                    RHP        Southeast Missouri State University                 12/28/95          R         R         6-2   220

22 (668)      Jamie Galazin                CF            St. John's University (N.Y.)                                   5/20/96            R         R         6-4   200

23 (698)        Hunter Taylor                   C              University of South Carolina                                    6/8/96                 R          R          5-11   226

24 (728)      Blake Whitney               RHP        University of South Carolina - Upstate             5/25/96            R         R         6-3   185

25 (758)      Dalton Hurd                    CF            Seattle University (Wash.)                                   12/17/95          R         R         5-9   180

26 (788)        Julian Boyd                      OF           St. John Bosco High School (Calif.)                         9/21/99               L          L          5-10   143

27 (818)      Niels Stone                     RHP        Indian River State College (Fla.)                         2/10/99            L          R         6-1   190

28 (848)        Mitchell Parker                 LHP         Manzano High School (N.M.)                                    9/27/99               L          L          6-3     195

29 (878)      Levi Jordan                     SS           University of Washington                                     9/24/95            R         R         5-8   170

30 (908)      Drew Wharton               OF           Clemson University (S.C.)                                     11/28/95          R         R         6-3   190

31 (938)      Clayton Daniel               2B           Jacksonville State University (Ala.)                   5/10/95            R         R         5-7   170

32 (968)      Jack Patterson              LHP         Bryant University (R.I.)                                         8/3/95               L          L          6-0   210

33 (998)        Tyler Ras                          RHP         Middletown North HS (N.J.)                                      11/9/99               S          R          6-4     200

34 (1028)    Miguel Pabon                 SS           Leadership Christian Academy (Pa.)                 8/30/00            R         R         6-0   165

35 (1058)    Edmond Americaan     OF           Chipola College (Fla.)                                             3/26/97            L          L          6-1   170

36 (1088)      Jacob Campbell               C              Craig High School (Wisc.)                                         5/21/00               R          R          6-0     200

37 (1118)      Henry Vilar                       SS            Westminster Christian School (Fla.)                         4/1/99                 L          R          5-11   170

38 (1148)      Chase Hanson                  OF           Edison High School (Calif.)                                       10/12/99             R          R          6-3     170

39 (1178)      Pierson Gibis                   C              Wauconda High School (Ill.)                                     8/21/99               L          R          6-0     175

40 (1208)      Itamar Steiner                  INF          Niles North High School (Ill.)                                   5/9/00                 L          L          5-10   160

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Statement from the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs today issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by Major League Baseball that pitcher Oscar De La Cruz has been suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. 

"We are disappointed to learn today that Oscar De La Cruz has violated Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The Cubs fully support the Program and its efforts to remove performance enhancing drugs from the game. We also expect Oscar to learn from this experience and will support him on his journey back. Per Program protocol, the Cubs will not comment further on this matter."
 

The Chicago Cubs today issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by Major League Baseball that pitcher Oscar De La Cruz has been suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. 

"We are disappointed to learn today that Oscar De La Cruz has violated Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The Cubs fully support the Program and its efforts to remove performance enhancing drugs from the game. We also expect Oscar to learn from this experience and will support him on his journey back. Per Program protocol, the Cubs will not comment further on this matter."
 

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Cubs pitcher De La Cruz suspended

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that pitcher Oscar De La Cruz of the Chicago Cubs organization has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a Diuretic and Masking Agent, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of De La Cruz, a 40-man roster player who is currently on option to Double-A Tennessee of the Southern League, is effective immediately. 
 

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that pitcher Oscar De La Cruz of the Chicago Cubs organization has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Furosemide, a Diuretic and Masking Agent, in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of De La Cruz, a 40-man roster player who is currently on option to Double-A Tennessee of the Southern League, is effective immediately. 
 

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Cubs activate right-hander Carl Edwards Jr.

The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. off of the 10-day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Dillon Maples has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Additionally, left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny has been activated off of the 10-day disabled list and optioned to Iowa.

The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. off of the 10-day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Dillon Maples has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Additionally, left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny has been activated off of the 10-day disabled list and optioned to Iowa.

Edwards will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they begin their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

The 26-year-old Edwards was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 30 with right shoulder inflammation. He made three rehab appearances with Triple-A Iowa as part of his return (0-1, 9.00 ERA), most recently pitching on Wednesday in Nashville and allowing no runs on one hit and a walk with one strikeout in 0.2 innings pitched. With the Cubs this season, Edwards has gone 2-1 with nine holds and a 2.88 ERA (8 ER/25.0 IP) in 25 relief outings. He has struck out 40 batters in 25.0 innings while limiting opponents to a .598 OPS.

Maples, 26, has gone 2-2 with five saves and a 3.20 ERA (9 ER/25.1 IP) in 26 relief outings with Iowa this season. He has no record and a 16.88 ERA (5 ER/2.2 IP) in two big league relief appearances this year.

Zastryzny, 26, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a back strain on June 24. He is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA (1 ER/5.1 IP) in five relief outings with the Cubs this year and 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA (15 ER/35.0 IP) in 18 relief appearances with Iowa, including one Triple-A rehab outing last night in Nashville (1.0 IP, 0 R).

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Cubs name Minor League Player & Pitcher of the Month for June

INF Jared Young, RHP Duncan Robinson earn awards

The Chicago Cubs today named Class A South Bend infielder Jared Young and Double-A Tennessee right-handed pitcher Duncan Robinson the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for June, respectively. 

Young, 22, hit .340 (34-for-100) with four doubles, two triples, five homers, 27 RBIs and a .963 OPS in 27 June games. His 27 RBIs ranked tied for first in the Midwest League while his .963 OPS was eighth. The right-handed hitter recorded an 11-game hitting streak, June 10-23, batting .341 (15-for-44) with five extra-base hits and nine RBIs during the stretch. Young started the month by driving in 14 runs in seven games through June 8.

The Chicago Cubs today named Class A South Bend infielder Jared Young and Double-A Tennessee right-handed pitcher Duncan Robinson the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for June, respectively. 

Young, 22, hit .340 (34-for-100) with four doubles, two triples, five homers, 27 RBIs and a .963 OPS in 27 June games. His 27 RBIs ranked tied for first in the Midwest League while his .963 OPS was eighth. The right-handed hitter recorded an 11-game hitting streak, June 10-23, batting .341 (15-for-44) with five extra-base hits and nine RBIs during the stretch. Young started the month by driving in 14 runs in seven games through June 8.

Young, named a mid-season Midwest League All-Star, is hitting .304 (77-for-253) with 13 doubles, six triples, nine homers and 52 RBIs in 67 games for South Bend this season. He has seen time primarily at first base (49 games), as well as left field (13 games) and second base (two games).

Selected by Chicago in the 15th round of the 2017 Draft out of Old Dominion University, Young owns a .288 career batting average (113-for-393) with 19 doubles, seven triples, 10 homers, 67 RBIs and 31 walks, contributing to a .341 on-base percentage in 106 games.

Robinson, 24, was 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA (4 ER/23.0 IP) in four June starts for Tennessee, walking none and striking out 26 while posting a 0.91 WHIP. He limited batters to a .228 average and a .568 OPS, and struck out a season-high 11 batters in six innings on June 10 vs. Birmingham. He allowed two or fewer runs in each of the four starts, recording three quality starts.

In his first season at the Double-A level, Robinson is 5-1 with a 3.10 ERA (30 ER/87.0 IP) in 16 starts for Tennessee, having walked just 12 while striking out 83, good for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 6.92. In his last eight starts since May 19, he is 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA (11 ER/46.0 IP) with four walks compared to 50 strikeouts and a .262 opponent on-base percentage in that span.

Robinson, selected by the Cubs in the ninth round of the 2016 Draft out of Dartmouth, is 16-11 with a 2.70 ERA (70 ER/233.1 IP) in 49 career Minor League games (36 starts). He has walked 46, struck out 197 and allowed just 13 home runs with a 1.19 WHIP. Robinson was named a 2017 Midwest League All-Star with South Bend.

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