Faced with too many infielders, the Cubs release Simmons

Faced with a crowded roster of infielders, the Cubs designated shortstop Andrelton Simmons for assignment before Saturday’s game. Simmons had been on a rehab assignment with Iowa after recovering from a right shoulder strain. He last played in a major league game on July 10 in Los Angeles. “There’s no room for him, to be … Read more

Ross stays open to Hendricks, Heyward returns this season

With nothing at stake for the Cubs the rest of the way, there doesn’t appear to be much need for pitcher Kyle Hendricks or outfielder Jason Heyward to return from injuries. But manager David Ross didn’t want to rule it out. “I hope (they’re not done for the season), to be honest with you,” Ross … Read more

Cubs finish draft with pitchers of all backgrounds

The Cubs’ heavy emphasis on pitching continued through the third and final day of the MLB Draft. The final position count was 16 pitchers (14 right-handers and two lefties), two outfield, one shortstop and one catcher. Scouting director Dan Kantrovitz projected the team will be able to sign around 18 or 19 of the players … Read more

Cubs storm back for hard-fought 6-5 win over Red Sox

Four-and five-run deficits are awfully tough to come back from in the major leagues. Sure, the Dodgers, Mets, Yankees and Astros will pull them off now and again. But bottom-tier teams are normally dead and buried when facing such a hole. That hasn’t been the case with the Cubs, however, as manager David Ross’ squad … Read more

White Sox edge Cubs, but lose Anderson to injury

Even with all the bad news the White Sox have endured this season, things got worse Sunday. Shortstop Tim Anderson had to be helped off the field in the fifth inning after suffering a right groin strain. Manager Tony La Russa said Anderson is headed to the injured list “for sure.” “It was devastating,” third … Read more

Cubs teammates accomplish rare feat to snap losing streak

Patrick Wisdom held up reporters gathering around his locker so he could change out of his jersey and into a “Schwisdom” T-shirt. The two Cubs long-haul major leaguers accomplished a rare feat, hitting back-to-back home runs on consecutive days. Frank Schwindel followed Wisdom in Sunday’s eighth inning to give the Cubs a much-needed 5-4 victory … Read more

Stroman struggles in Cubs’ rain-shortened loss to Tampa Bay

Marcus Stroman was the picture of consistency last season for the New York Mets, allowing 4 or more earned runs just four times in 33 starts. So far in Chicago, that picture looks a lot fuzzier. After yielding 5 earned runs in Colorado last Friday, Stroman struggled mightily in the Cubs’ 8-2 loss to Tampa … Read more