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Cubs roster move: Craig Kimbrel activated from injured list, Duane Underwood Jr. to Iowa

Cubs roster move: Craig Kimbrel activated from injured list, Duane Underwood Jr. to Iowa

Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs have their closer back, and have an added 26th player for tonight’s game. Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel was placed on the injured list 13 days ago (retroactive to August 4) with a minor issue with his right knee. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this could have cost the Cubs two games, the games last week in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh where they entered the ninth inning with leads. Thus this is very good news: Official: Cubs activated closer Craig Kimbrel from the 10-day IL and option RHP Duane Underwood Jr. to Triple-A Iowa. OF Mark Zagunis...
www.thegoodphight.com Aug 13, 2019
We aren’t in Wrigley anymore: Phillies vs. Cubs series preview

We aren’t in Wrigley anymore: Phillies vs. Cubs series preview

Craig Kimbrel after a walk-off loss | Photo by Dylan Buell/ A bad road team going against Charlie Manuel? It doesn’t seem fair After a road trip that could have gone better, the Phillies return home to take on the Cubs. At first glance, the Cubs are a tough opponent, but then you see their road record, and they don’t seem quite as impressive. Chicago Cubs Record: 64-54, First place in National League Central The last time they met The Phillies visited Wrigley Field for a four-game set in May, and split the games. The Phillies would have won the series had a shortage of bullpen arms...
That Balls Outta Here Aug 8, 2019

Phillies were right not to sign reliever Craig Kimbrel

While it was an unpopular decision at the time, the Phillies turned out to be correct by not signing reliever Craig Kimbrel. Once June rolled around, Phillies fans were anxious for the team to improve the pitching staff one way or another. Two seemingly easy fixes were out there just waiting to be signed and […] Phillies were right not to sign reliever Craig Kimbrel - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Aug 8, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Who is the next man up amid the bullpen turmoil?

In a whirlwind of misfortune, the Chicago Cubs bullpen has been bitten by the injury bug. With Craig Kimbrel hitting the injured list, and now Brandon Kintzler? The bullpen is looking for help. The Major League Baseball season is grueling. One hundred sixty-two games covering seven months creates natural and unfortunate wear and tear to […] Chicago Cubs: Who is the next man up amid the bullpen turmoil? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Cubbies Crib Aug 6, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Craig Kimbrel on IL and the fate of the bullpen

With Craig Kimbrel on the IL with knee inflammation, Brandon Kintzler’s evaluation for right pectoral discomfort and Steve Cishek not at his best, where does the fate of the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen lie? The Chicago Cubs placed closer Craig Kimbrel on the Injured List, on Monday with knee inflammation after feeling discomfort after his outing […] Chicago Cubs: Craig Kimbrel on IL and the fate of the bullpen - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 5, 2019
Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics preview, Monday 8/5, 7:05 CT

Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics preview, Monday 8/5, 7:05 CT

Photo by Quinn Harris/ The Cubs open an interleague series against the A’s. Info on Craig Kimbrel to the injured list: Here Notes: HOME SWEET HOME: Cubs pitching has posted a 3.27 ERA (190 earned runs in 523 innings) at Wrigley Field, the second-lowest home ERA in baseball, trailing only the Dodgers (2.67). PITCHING, PITCHING, PITCHING: Cubs starters have not allowed a free pass in six-straight games for the first time since at least 1905. The club had previously done so in five-straight games on three occasions. (H/T: Ed Hartig) Cubs starters have faced 143 batters without issuing...
Cubbies Crib Aug 5, 2019

Chicago Cubs: Is it time to place Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list?

Knowing he’s playing through a knee issue, the Chicago Cubs need to think long-term and give Kris Bryant some time to get back to 100 percent on the IL. After placing both Willson Contreras and Craig Kimbrel on the 10-day injured list Monday, the Chicago Cubs should be taking a long, hard look in the […] Chicago Cubs: Is it time to place Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bleed Cubbie Blue Aug 5, 2019
Cubs roster move update: Craig Kimbrel to injured list, Duane Underwood Jr. recalled

Cubs roster move update: Craig Kimbrel to injured list, Duane Underwood Jr. recalled

Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via This is not good news. Update to this article posted earlier this afternoon: Craig Kimbrel to the IL with a knee issue. Duane Underwood recalled.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) August 5, 2019 Hopefully, this knee issue is nothing serious for Craig Kimbrel and he will be back shortly after the 10 days. In the meantime I would expect Pedro Strop back soon and at that time he'll probably close, or Brandon Kintzler or Steve Cishek will. Here's the rest of the article from earlier: The Cubs have not officially announced this yet, but it appears...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Jul 31, 2019
The Cubs at the trade deadline: Not with a bang, but a whimper

The Cubs at the trade deadline: Not with a bang, but a whimper

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports A closer look at the David Phelps and Tony Kemp trades by the numbers There is a school of thought that the 2019 Cubs should have a sense of urgency. The window is now, the talent is here and at its peak years, they signed the best available closer in Craig Kimbrel to a three-year, $43 million deal. They are half a game back in the standings even as they struggle through injuries. The time is now. I suppose one could make those arguments if they were so inclined. They might also make the following arguments: For all the talk of a sense of urgency this team...
Brew Crew Ball Jul 27, 2019
Walk it off in Milwaukee! Hiura takes Kimbrel deep to end it in 10 innings, 5-3

Walk it off in Milwaukee! Hiura takes Kimbrel deep to end it in 10 innings, 5-3

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Christian Yelich hit the game tying homer to lead off the tenth Tonight, I hope you had the chance to watch this one. The Brewers and Cubs went at it for the second game of three at Miller Park, and this game did not disappoint. Great pitching, clutch hitting, a Cubs bullpen meltdown, and a dramatic end were the hallmarks of this one. At the end of it, Milwaukee was victorious, 5-3. Chicago struck first in the top of the third off Brewers’ starter, Chase Anderson. Anderson hit Wilson Contreras with a pitch to put the first runner on. After an eight pitch...

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