Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:03:10 -0800
The Chicago Cubs are expecting to get plenty of production from SP Jake Arrieta and 3B Mike Olt after trading for them last year. Manager Rick Renteria said the initial plan at third base is to have 3Bs Luis Valbuena and Donnie Murphy compete for playing time, but the Cubs are hoping to see Olt bounce back from a rough year with the Texas Rangers in 2013. Arrieta said he benefitted from working with pitching coach Chris Bosio for the final seven weeks of the season. The team didn't notice any vision problems from Olt when he was hitting off a tee during the team's developmental program last week.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:42:12 -0800
The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with 3B Luis Valbuena Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $1.71 million deal.
Tue, 03 Dec 2013 07:17:58 -0800
The Chicago Cubs re-signed INF Donnie Murphy and C George Kottaras to one-year deals. They also tendered contracts to 2B Darwin Barney, SP Jeff Samardzija, SP Travis Wood, RP Pedro Strop, RP James Russell, INF Luis Valbuena and OF Nate Schierholtz.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 13:34:34 -0700
The Chicago Cubs have activated OF Ryan Sweeney (rib) and 3B Luis Valbuena (oblique) from the disabled list and recalled P Alberto Cabrera from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding move, P Eduardo Sanchez was designated for assignment.
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:23:16 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (oblique) was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his first rehab game with the rookie level AZL Cubs. OF Ryan Sweeney (rib) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in his third rehab game with the affiliate.
Fantasy Tip: Valbuena may have to cede ABs to Donnie Murphy when he returns, but he's on the good side of a platoon and figures to stay that way once Murphy cools off, as expected. Sweeney may not have any place to play unless the Cubbies deal Nate Schierholtz via waivers.
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:00:06 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (oblique) started his minor-league rehab assignment with the Cubs' Arizona League team in Mesa Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:21:31 -0700
Chicago Cubs 3B Luis Valbuena (oblique) and OF Ryan Sweeney (rib) will move to Arizona for their rehab this weekend. Sweeney and Valbuena will start playing in the Rookie League Saturday, Aug. 24. SP Scott Baker (elbow) has made two starts for Single-A Daytona and three for Single-A Kane County.
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:12:39 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF Brian Bogusevic (hamstring) is expected to continue his rehab with Triple-A Iowa and be activated from the disabled list soon. He was hitting .286 (6-for-21) and had played center field in four of his six games in the Rookie League in Arizona. 3B Luis Valbuena (oblique) has been swinging a fungo bat but has yet to hit. He's also playing catch from short distances. OF Ryan Sweeney (rib) has been hitting in the cages and is expected to return in September.
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:14:20 -0700
The Chicago Cubs have called up 2B Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa to replace INF Luis Valbuena (oblique) on the 25-man roster.
Sat, 03 Aug 2013 18:30:47 -0700
The Chicago Cubs will place 3B Luis Valbuena (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list because of a right oblique strain.