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MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
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Cubs' Kyle Hendricks shuts down Cardinals again

June 25, 2022, 3:16 AM

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Kyle Hendricks continued his domination of the St. Louis Cardinals by throwing 7 1/3 shutout innings to lead the visiting Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 victory Friday.

Hendricks (3-6) entered the game with a 12-3 record with 2.82 ERA in 24 career outings against the Cardinals. This time he held them to five hits and a walk as the Cubs won for just the fourth time since June 4.

Reliever Chris Martin got Hendricks out of an eighth inning jam by stranding two runners in scoring position. David Robertson closed out the ninth inning to earn his ninth save.

Nico Hoerner hit a two-run homer to produce all the offense the Cubs needed.

Losing pitcher Andre Pallante (2-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings as the Cardinals lost for the sixth time in their last nine games.

The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Hoerner followed Patrick Wisdom's single with his two-run homer.

Chicago threatened again in the third inning when Christopher Morel hit a one-out single and Willson Contreras walked. But Ian Happ grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Hoerner and Yan Gomes hit one-out singles in the fourth inning, then Pallante dodged trouble by retiring David Bote and Jason Heyward on fly balls.

The Cubs expanded their lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning. Morel walked with one out, Contreras hit a single and Happ lined an RBI double.

Wisdom grounded into a fielder's choice, with shortstop Tommy Edman catching Contreras trying to score. After Hoerner walked to load the bases, Yan Gomes hit an inning-ending grounder.

The Cardinals got the potential tying run to the plate in the eighth inning. Dylan Carlson hit a leadoff single and moved to third on Harrison Bader's double.

Hendricks struck out pinch-hitter Lars Nootbaar, then Martin came on in relief and retired Edman on a comeback grounder and Nolan Gorman on a lineout.

--Field Level Media

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Cubs turn to Kyle Hendricks to get on track vs. Cardinals

June 24, 2022, 12:08 PM

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History will favor Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks when he faces the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Hendricks is 12-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 24 career starts against the Cardinals. He has walked just 25 batters in 153 1/3 innings against them.

But current events favor the Cardinals, because the rebuilding Cubs have lost 14 of their last 17 games coming into their three-game road series at Busch Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have won 10 of their last 13 games at home and they are coming off a four-game road split at Milwaukee, which kept them tied with the Brewers atop the National League Central.

"Overall we competed well," manager Oliver Marmol said after the Cardinals fell to the Brewers 6-4 Thursday. "Offense did a nice job."

Hendricks (2-6, 5.43 ERA) will be looking to snap a six-game winless streak. His last victory came on May 9.

"I know he wants to be as consistent as he possibly can and puts in the work, for sure," Cubs manager David Ross said. "Right now just repeating that outing to outing is just, been a little bit of a struggle."

In his last start, Hendricks allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk in just 4 1/3 innings in a 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

"A lot of the replays looked like stuff in the middle of the zone," Ross said. "(Pitches were) just leaking back. Trying to go in, pulling it middle. Trying to go in, pulling it middle."

Hendricks, who missed time with shoulder soreness earlier this season, will be making his first start against the Cardinals in 2022. He will need to pay particular attention to Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado in the middle of their order.

Goldschmidt is 13-for-41 with nine doubles in his career against Hendricks, and Arenado is 10-for-36 with three homers.

After posting a 1.288 on-base plus slugging percentage in May, Goldschmidt has produced a 1.047 OPS thus far in June. Arenado is batting .305 this month with five doubles, five homers and 16 RBIs.

The Cardinals will counter Hendricks with rookie Andre Pallante (2-2, 1.69). He faced the Cubs on June 4 and allowed one run on four hits and four walks in four innings.

Since moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation, Pallante has gone 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts. He worked 5 2/3 innings in his last start while allowing two runs on four hits and a walk in a 6-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

"I felt really good and (had) some of the best stuff I had since I've been a Cardinal," Pallante said. "I felt like I had command of all three of my pitches, mixing some good sinkers in situations I needed to. I felt really good, it's just a shame I let a couple of bad pitches let a couple of runs score."

The Cubs adjusted their bullpen ahead of this series, putting Daniel Norris on their 15-day injured list with a left index finger strain and promoting Adrian Sampson from Triple-A Iowa.

--Field Level Media

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Report: Cubs RHP Ethan Roberts needs Tommy John surgery

June 23, 2022, 3:52 PM

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Cubs right-hander Ethan Roberts will require season-ending Tommy John surgery after sustaining a right elbow injury during his rehabilitation appearance Sunday at Triple-A Iowa, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Roberts previously was placed on the 60-day injured list. He last pitched for the Cubs on April 29.

The 24-year-old Roberts exited after facing just one hitter at Iowa.

Roberts owns an 0-1 record with an 8.22 ERA in nine relief appearances this season.

--Field Level Media

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Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt (back) pulled from lineup

June 22, 2022, 1:05 AM

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St. Louis Cardinals star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was a late scratch prior to Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to lower-back stiffness.

Goldschmidt was initially switched from first base to designated hitter before being pulled from the lineup. Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said the move was precautionary.

Goldschmidt told reporters he would be available to pinch-hit Tuesday night if needed.

"It comes up sometimes, and I think I missed a game with it last year, and hopefully it'll be good to go (Wednesday)," Goldschmidt said.

Earlier in the day, Goldschmidt was named National League Player of the Week after batting .467 (14-for-30) with four homers, three doubles and 11 RBIs in seven games.

Also, Goldschmidt is leading NL first basemen in All-Star voting after tabulations released Tuesday. He has 930,441 votes, well ahead of second-place Pete Alonso (602,321) of the New York Mets.

Goldschmidt, a six-time All-Star, leads the NL with a .339 batting average. He also has 16 home runs and 58 RBIs in 66 games.

--Field Level Media

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Cubs outright LHP Sean Newcomb to Triple-A Iowa

June 21, 2022, 6:31 PM

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The Chicago Cubs assigned left-hander Sean Newcomb outright to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday after he cleared waivers following the club's move last week to designate him for assignment.

Newcomb has 48 hours to accept the assignment or become a free agent, although he would part with his current $900,000 salary for 2022 if he leaves the organization.

Newcomb, 29, had a 16.62 ERA in four outings with the Cubs, his first season in Chicago after he was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on April 21 for right-hander Jesse Chavez. He also had three outings with the Braves (7.20 ERA) before the trade.

In parts of six major league seasons, almost all of it with the Braves, Newcomb is 24-23 with a 4.39 ERA over 148 outings (57 starts).

--Field Level Media

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Pirates acquire LHP Eric Stout from Cubs for cash

June 21, 2022, 4:36 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired left-hander Eric Stout from the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations on Tuesday.

The Pirates optioned the 29-year-old reliever to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Stout allowed two runs on three hits in 3 2/3 innings in two relief appearances this season for the Cubs.

He previously pitched for the Kansas City Royals in 2018 and posted a 23.14 ERA in three games (2 1/3 innings).

Stout's career numbers in the minors include a 23-18 record with a 4.39 ERA and 17 saves in 202 games (19 starts) since 2014.

--Field Level Media

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Cubs place INF Frank Schwindel (back) on 10-day IL

June 19, 2022, 8:32 PM

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The Chicago Cubs placed infielder Frank Schwindel on the 10-day injured list Saturday due to a low back strain.

The Cubs recalled infielder Alfonso Rivas from Triple-A Iowa ahead of Saturday afternoon's home game against the Atlanta Braves.

Schwindel, 29, was forced to leave Friday's 1-0 win against Atlanta in the second inning with back tightness after running out a ground ball.

He is batting .237 with eight homers and 33 RBIs through 62 games this season.

Rivas, 25, has played in 38 games with the Cubs this season and is hitting .194 with two homers and 13 RBIS.

--Field Level Media

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Cardinals place C Yadier Molina (knee) on 10-day IL

June 17, 2022, 5:42 PM

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday due to right knee inflammation.

The transaction is retroactive to Thursday.

In a corresponding move, the Cardinals recalled rookie catcher Ivan Herrera from Triple-A Memphis.

Molina, 39, previously announced that this would be his last season. He is hitting .213 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 38 games this season. A 10-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner, Molina is a career .278 hitter with 173 homers and 1,008 RBIs in 2,185 games with the Cardinals.

Herrera, 22, is batting .291 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 30 games this season with Memphis. He will be making his major league debut.

--Field Level Media

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Cardinals activate RHP Jack Flaherty off IL to start vs. Pirates

June 15, 2022, 9:36 PM

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The St. Louis Cardinals activated ace Jack Flaherty from the 60-day injured list and he will make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night.

Flaherty has been sidelined with right shoulder soreness. He will throw approximately 60 pitches before exiting.

The 26-year-old Flaherty received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in the shoulder in March to deal with the inflammation.

Flaherty was slated to make a rehab start at Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday but the Cardinals reversed course on Tuesday after the right-hander insisted he would get more out of a major league start than a third minor league rehab appearance.

Flaherty is 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA in 11 career starts against the Pirates.

Flaherty is 32-24 with a 3.34 ERA in 93 appearances (90 starts) over his first five seasons. He finished fourth in National League Cy Young balloting in 2019 when he went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 33 starts.

Last season, Flaherty was 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 17 appearances (15 starts) while missing time with oblique and shoulder injuries.

St. Louis also optioned left-hander Packy Naughton to Triple-A Memphis and designated catcher Ali Sanchez for assignment.

Naughton is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in nine appearances (three starts) with the Cardinals this season. Sanchez was batting .255 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 30 games for Memphis.

--Field Level Media

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Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) to make season debut

June 14, 2022, 7:14 PM

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St. Louis Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty will make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday due to the progress he's making from right shoulder soreness.

Flaherty was slated to make a rehab start at Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday but the Cardinals reversed course after the right-hander insisted he would get more out of a major league start than a third minor league rehab appearance.

"Rehab is a hard thing, and trying to match how you are feeling versus workload, buildup and pitch count and the mental work that goes into it, for me (pitching against the Pirates) was the better option," Flaherty said before Tuesday's doubleheader against Pittsburgh.

Flaherty will throw approximately 60 pitches before exiting.

The 26-year-old Flaherty received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in the shoulder in March to deal with the inflammation.

Recovery was initially slow but has picked up recently. Flaherty pitched seven total innings over his two rehab stints and struck out nine while allowing one run and one hit (a homer). Flaherty threw 59 pitches in Friday's outing.

"He was very adamant about a couple of things: Mainly physically and mentally, he wanted to increase not just the workload, but also the intensity of everything he's doing," Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. "Physically, he feels better than he's ever felt, so he would rather increase the intensity. So, we'll keep him at what he did last time, but at a higher intensity."

Right-hander Andre Pallante, who was slated to start against Pittsburgh, will now likely replace Flaherty once he reaches the pitch limit.

Flaherty is 32-24 with a 3.34 ERA in 93 appearances (90 starts) over the previous five seasons. He finished fourth in National League Cy Young balloting in 2019 when he went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 33 starts.

Last season, Flaherty was 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 17 appearances (15 starts) while missing time with oblique and shoulder injuries.

--Field Level Media

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Cubs activate LHP Sean Newcomb from 15-day IL

June 12, 2022, 6:20 PM

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The Chicago Cubs activated left-hander Sean Newcomb from the 15-day injured list and optioned right-hander Michael Rucker to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.

Newcomb, who turned 29 on Sunday, has not pitched for the Cubs since May 7 due to a sprained left ankle. He was acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves on April 21.

He has a 7.56 ERA and no decisions in six relief appearances this season between Atlanta and Chicago. For his career, Newcomb is 24-23 with a 4.28 ERA in 147 games (57 starts) since debuting in 2017.

Rucker, 28, is 0-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 12 relief outings this season. He has struck out 21 batters in 19 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

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Cubs LHP Wade Miley (shoulder) back on IL

June 12, 2022, 12:35 AM

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Chicago Cubs left-hander Wade Miley went right back on the 15-day injured list with a strained pitching shoulder on Saturday, one day after coming off the list with the same ailment to start against the New York Yankees.

Miley tossed three scoreless innings on Friday but had to exit after pain intensified while tossing his warm-up pitches prior to the fourth inning. Miley said he injured the shoulder while pitching to Josh Donaldson in the third inning.

"One pitch to Donaldson, I felt a little something back there," Miley said after Friday's game. "I tried to stay consistent in those remaining four or five pitches. In between innings, (the shoulder) calmed down a little bit. I tried to go back out.

"The first pitch I threw, (the pain) was there again. Rather than try to push it, I tried to do the smart thing, get it checked out and try to figure out what's going on."

Miley had last pitched on May 22 before Friday's game.

Miley 35, missed the start of the season due to left elbow inflammation. He made his season debut on May 10.

Miley is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts this season. The 12-year veteran is 98-92 with a 4.13 ERA in 287 appearances (281 starts) with eight teams.

Right-hander Michael Rucker was recalled from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rucker was optioned to Iowa on Friday when Miley was activated.

Rucker, 28, is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 11 appearances with the Cubs this season.

--Field Level Media

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Cubs P Wade Miley exits game with sore shoulder

June 11, 2022, 12:58 AM

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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Wade Miley exited Friday's game against the host New York Yankees due to left shoulder soreness.

Miley came out for the fourth and threw a few warmup pitches. After catcher Willson Contreras came to check on the left-hander, manager David Ross and trainer PJ Mainville also checked on him and lifted him from the game.

Miley was activated off the injured list before Friday's game after missing nearly three weeks with left shoulder soreness.

On Friday, he allowed three hits in three scoreless innings and threw 42 pitches.

Miley is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts this season. He also missed the first month of the season due to left elbow inflammation before making his season debut May 10.

--Field Level Media

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Report: Cubs reach deal with C Willson Contreras

June 9, 2022, 4:01 PM

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The Chicago Cubs struck a late-night deal with catcher Willson Contreras to avoid Thursday's scheduled arbitration hearing, multiple outlets reported.

The one-year contract is for $9.625 million, midway between the amounts submitted by the team ($9 million) and the two-time All-Star ($10.25 million). The contract covers the 2022 season.

Contreras, 30, entered Thursday batting .277 with 10 homers and 23 RBIs through 47 games.

He is a career .260 hitter with 105 home runs and 333 RBIs in 668 games since his Cubs debut in 2016. He made the National League All-Star teams in 2018 and 2019.

Chicago insiders expect that Contreras, who is eligible for free agency after this season, will be traded before the Aug. 2 deadline.

--Field Level Media

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Cubs remove RHP Alec Mills from 60-day IL

June 7, 2022, 10:39 PM

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The Chicago Cubs activated right-hander Alec Mills off the 60-day injured list prior to Tuesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Mills hasn't pitched this season due to back and quadriceps injuries. He will be used in a multi-inning relief role, according to Cubs manager David Ross.

Mills initially was sidelined with the back injury and later injured the quadriceps after beginning a rehab stint.

Mills threw a no-hitter for the Cubs in September of 2020 and is 12-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 62 appearances (37 starts) for the franchise since 2018. The 30-year-old went 6-7 with a 5.07 ERA last season in 32 appearances (20 starts) and pitched a career-high 119 innings.

Chicago optioned right-hander Anderson Espinoza to Double-A Tennessee in a corresponding move.

Anderson, 24, made one appearance for the Cubs and gave up two runs in four innings against the Milwaukee Brewers in his major league debut on May 30. He was 0-4 with a 7.31 ERA in eight Double-A starts earlier this season.

--Field Level Media