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  • Cubs' Justin Steele: Stumbles vs. Arizona

    Steele (2-4) took the loss Friday against the Diamondbacks, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out six.

    It was a tough start to the second half for Steele, who allowed a season-high nine hits en route to his first loss since June 7. The left-hander delivered seven straight quality starts prior to the All-Star break, posting a stellar 1.65 ERA in that span (49 innings). Steele's ERA now sits at 3.07 with a 1.02 WHIP and 87:20 K:BB across 15 starts (91 innings) this season. He'll look to get back on track in his next outing, currently scheduled for next week at home against Milwaukee.

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  • Cubs' Luke Little: Undergoing MRI on shoulder

    Little will undergo an MRI on his injured left shoulder Friday, Bruce Levine of reports.

    Little landed on the 15-day injured list just before the All-Star break and will now go through imaging to assess the severity of the issue. The left-handed reliever has put up a 3.46 ERA and 28:18 K:BB over 26 innings out of the Cubs' bullpen in 2024.

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  • Cubs' Adbert Alzolay: Cleared to begin rehab assignment

    Alzolay (forearm) will begin a rehab assignment with the Cubs' Arizona Complex League affiliate Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

    Alzolay has been on the shelf since mid-May with a right flexor strain but is ready for game action. The reliever will need many rehab appearances and will eventually move up to a higher affiliate, so he's likely still at least a couple weeks away from a return.

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  • Cubs' Ben Brown: Resuming mound work

    Brown (neck) will throw a bullpen session Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

    Brown had to be shut down again just before the All-Star break due to lingering discomfort in his neck, but he appears to be feeling better. The right-hander hasn't made a game appearance in six weeks, so he's going to need several rehab outings before becoming an option for the Cubs again.

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  • Cubs' Julian Merryweather: Expected back within week

    Cubs manager Craig Counsell said Friday that Merryweather (ribs) is on track to return by next weekend "at the latest," Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

    Merryweather has allowed one run with a 3:0 K:BB over three innings on his rehab assignment and will make a fourth appearance Friday, this one with Triple-A Iowa. He's been out since early April with a rib stress fracture but should quickly rejoin Chicago's high-leverage crew once activated.

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  • Cubs' Jordan Wicks: Shifts to 60-day IL

    Wicks (oblique) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    The left-hander landed on the shelf in mid-June with a Grade 2 right oblique strain, and he hasn't recovered as quickly as the Cubs had hoped. Wicks will be eligible to return in mid-August, but he may need to ramp up his throwing soon in order to have a chance of avoiding a longer absence.

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  • Cubs' Jesus Tinoco: Contract selected

    The Cubs selected Tinoco's contract from Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

    Tinoco was acquired from the Royals in a trade Tuesday and will go straight onto the major-league roster rather than report to Iowa. The 29-year-old reliever holds a career 4.58 ERA and 61:47 K:BB over 57 appearances at the major-league level. He allowed nine runs over 10 innings in a stint with the Rangers earlier this season.

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  • Cubs' Alexander Canario: Returns to Triple-A

    The Cubs optioned Canario to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

    The 24-year-old was called up by the Cubs just ahead of the All-Star break and will now return to Triple-A with Mike Tauchman (groin) being activated from the injured list. Canario has appeared in 15 big-league games this season and has a .280/.357/.440 slash line, but with a 39.3 percent strikeout rate.

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  • Cubs' Mike Tauchman: Returns from injured list

    The Cubs activated Tauchman (groin) from the 10-day injured list Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

    Tauchman missed a month of action with a strained left groin but has been cleared to return to action after playing in a couple rehab games. His playing-time outlook is a bit cloudy with the Cubs electing to deploy Christopher Morel at designated hitter lately, but in the short term with Cody Bellinger (finger) on the shelf, Tauchman should see at least semi-regular starts versus righties. He won't be in the lineup Friday versus right-hander Ryne Nelson and the Diamondbacks, however.

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  • Cubs' Luis Vazquez: Shelved at Triple-A

    Triple-A Iowa placed Vazquez on its 7-day injured list Friday with an unspecified injury.

    Vazquez is on Iowa's IL for the second time in less than a month, though it's unclear if his latest injury is related to the previous one. He got a brief cup of coffee with the Cubs in late May but has otherwise spent the entire 2024 season at Iowa, where he's slashed .255/.347/.389 with five home runs and one stolen base over 244 plate appearances.

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  • Cubs' Matt Mervis: Lands on IL with hand injury

    Triple-A Iowa placed Mervis on its 7-day injured list July 4 with an apparent hand injury, Tommy Birch of The Des Moines Register reports.

    The Triple-A club hasn't provided official word on the nature of Mervis' injury, though Birch notes that the first baseman is suspected to be dealing with a broken hamate bone. Since being optioned to Iowa on May 4 after an abbreviated stint with the Cubs, Mervis was slashing .215/.286/.424 with eight home runs and a 26.7-percent strikeout rate over 37 games.

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  • Cubs' Caleb Kilian: Rehabbing as reliever

    Kilian (shoulder) made the fifth appearance of his rehab assignment Sunday for Triple-A Iowa, retiring the lone batter he faced on six pitches.

    Prior to this season, Kilian had made all but three of his professional appearances as a starter, but the Cubs look to be preparing him for a relief role as he makes his way back from a teres major strain on his right shoulder, which has kept him on the shelf since spring training. He's worked out of the bullpen in all five of his rehab appearances to date, tossing no more than two innings and 32 pitches in any of those outings.

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  • Cubs' Jesus Tinoco: Traded to Cubs

    The Cubs acquired Tinoco from the Royals on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Tinoco has a 4.58 ERA in 57 career MLB games, nine of which came with the Rangers earlier this season before he was pushed off the 40-man roster and elected free agency. The 29-year-old has a 3.81 ERA and 34:10 K:BB in 20 appearances at the Triple-A level this season, and he'll start his tenure with the Cubs organization at Triple-A Iowa.

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  • Cubs' Daniel Palencia: Sent back to Iowa

    The Cubs optioned Palencia to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Palencia was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday for the second game of a doubleheader versus the Cardinals. However, the 24-year-old didn't make an appearance in his brief stint with the big club and will now head back to Triple-A.

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  • Cubs' Mike Tauchman: Cleared for rehab assignment

    Tauchman (groin) began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League on Monday, starting in right field and going 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

    Tauchman is coming up on the one-month mark of his ongoing absence from a left groin strain but has been cleared to play in rehab games. The 33-year-old might not quite be ready to return from the 10-day injured list when the Cubs return to action Friday versus the Diamondbacks, but he shouldn't require too much time to get ramped back up. Once activated, Tauchman should return to seeing regular starts in the outfield or at designated hitter against right-handed pitching.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Team .235


Player Injury
C. Bellinger CF Cody Bellinger CF Finger
B. Brown RP Ben Brown RP Neck
A. Alzolay RP Adbert Alzolay RP Forearm
J. Wicks SP Jordan Wicks SP Oblique
J. Merryweather RP Julian Merryweather RP Ribs

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