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.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:33:32 -0700
Chicago Cubs OF David DeJesus (shoulder) will miss at least a month after spraining his right shoulder last Friday. 3B Luis Valbuena has done well in the leadoff spot in DeJesus' absence.
Fantasy Tip: Nate Schierholtz has benefitted from DeJesus' injury, and he's 4-for-13 (.308) with a home run, double and two RBIs in four games while hitting third in the lineup. He's on a career-high 10-game hitting streak and should be considered in deep mixed leagues while he's hot.
Tue, 21 May 2013 14:52:36 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said 3B Josh Vitters is still a priority for the team in the future. Vitters is batting .259 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 54 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa this year. Sveum said Vitters "has got power, can hit a fastball… but there's a lot of development left in him." 3B Ian Stewart is playing behind Vitters at Iowa.
Fantasy Tip: Based on that, it doesn't sound like the Cubs are rushing to call up Vitters, especially if Luis Valbuena keeps playing the way he is. It's even worse news for Stewart, who probably won't be with the team past this season. Vitters would be an immediate option for NL-only teams were he to be called up, but there's no telling when that might happen.