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  1. Cubs place Darwin Barney on DL with deep cut on knee

    Apr 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

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    Darwin Barney was already ruled out for Opening Day after needing five stitches to close a deep cut on his left knee and now the Cubs have placed him on the disabled list. Barney sliced his knee open while chasing down a foul ball Saturday and the light-hitting Gold Glove winner will be out of…

  2. Darwin Barney out for opener because of gashed knee

    Mar 31, 2013, 9:31 AM EST

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    As first reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney has been ruled out for the first game of the regular season — Monday vs. the Pirates — due to a deep cut on his left knee that required five stitches. Barney suffered the gash Saturday during an exhibition game…

  3. The Steak is Served. Was it worth it?

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:31 PM EST

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    Back in January, Scott Boras said this to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick regarding his then un-signed free agent clients, Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse: “People call me all the time and say, ‘Man, your players aren’t signed yet. Well, it doesn’t really matter what time dinner is when you’re the steak.” Now steak is served, and…

  4. Scott Baker diagnosed with right elbow strain, expected to miss first half of 2013 season

    Mar 24, 2013, 5:30 PM EST

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    Scott Baker‘s ongoing recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery just got more complicated. According to beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Baker was diagnosed Sunday by Cubs doctors with a muscle strain in his right elbow — the same elbow that was surgically-repaired last April. Baker entered spring training hoping to crack the Cubs’ Opening…

  5. 2013 Preview: San Diego Padres

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Bud Black

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The San Diego Padres. The Big Question: Can the Padres build on their strong second half from last year? While…

  6. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL Central

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:50 AM EST

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    Kay Adams and I take a quick tour of the NL Central and ask whether Aroldis Chapman can handle the rotation, whether the Cardinals can compensate for their losses, whether the Pirates can finally break .500, whether the Brewers are going to bounce back and whether the Cubs are gonna finally unload Alfonso Soriano. Who…

  7. 2013 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:37 PM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is Theo Epstein pushing the Cubs any closer to contention? He most definitely is,…

  8. Ian Stewart to begin season on DL with quadriceps injury

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    Ian Stewart

    Ian Stewart has been out since mid-February with a quadriceps injury and now the Cubs third baseman has been ruled out for Opening Day. This offseason the Cubs non-tendered the arbitration eligible Stewart and then re-signed him to a one-year, $2 million deal. Similar to what the Tigers did with Brennan Boesch last week, they…

  9. Scott Baker shut down with elbow inflammation

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

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    Scott Baker was sent for an MRI exam after experiencing elbow soreness during his ugly spring training debut yesterday and now the Cubs have shut his comeback from Tommy John surgery down. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs are “suspending Baker’s throwing program” and he’s scheduled to be examined further by the team…

  10. Scott Baker sent for precautionary MRI on right elbow

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

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    The Cubs have been aiming for right-hander Scott Baker to join their rotation at some point in April, but after a bumpy Cactus League debut yesterday, he’s now being sent for an MRI on his surgically-repaired right elbow. Baker, who is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up three hits —…

  11. Cubs made offer “well above” five years, $30 million to Jeff Samardzija

    Mar 16, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

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    The Cubs and Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija are still far apart on a deal that would cover his remaining two years of arbitration, reports Jon Heyman. The club offered him a contract “well above” Rangers lefty Derek Holland‘s five-year, $30 million deal signed on March 20 last year. Cubs president Theo Epstein isn’t worried,…

  12. Wrigley Field renovations? Cubs economics? Don’t worry: Rick Reilly’s got this

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:32 PM EST

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    Wrigley Field renovation news. Per the Chicago Tribune, people who live near Wrigley Field want the city and the Rickettseseses to slow down on renovation plans. The Ricketteseses, meanwhile, say stuff has to get moving now or else they will not be able to plan to turn dirt come October as planned. And the rooftop…

  13. Matt Garza not expected to rejoin Cubs rotation until May

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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    Matt Garza has recovered enough from his lat injury to resume throwing, but he’s not expected to rejoin the Cubs’ rotation until May. Garza described his progress to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com as “small steps” and said he’s generally “felt all right” the day after throwing. Garza indicated that he’s aiming for a mid-April return,…

  14. Puerto Rico rallies in eighth to eliminate Italy from WBC

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:55 PM EST

    Puerto Rico's Giancarlo Alvarado pitches against Italy in the 1st inning of a 2013 World Baseball Classic game at Marlins Stadium in Miami

    Puerto Rico scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to beat Italy 4-3 and keep its World Baseball Classic hopes alive on Wednesday night. Italy was eliminated after losing its second straight game. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo put Italy on the board in the fifth, delivering a bases-loaded double that plated three…

  15. Starlin Castro rejoins Cubs lineup after hamstring injury

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

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    Out since February 27 with a hamstring injury, shortstop Starlin Castro is back in the Cubs’ lineup today. Castro ended up missing two weeks, including about 10 days after an MRI exam showed what the Cubs called “minor” hamstring inflammation. Castro has been very durable since being called up as a 20-year-old in May of…

  16. 2013 Preview: Washington Nationals

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:44 AM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up first: the Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Washington Nationals the best team in baseball? It’s probably easier to make…

  17. 2013 is crucial for Josh Johnson

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:56 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson works from the mound against the Atlanta Braves during the inning of their MLB Spring training baseball game in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

    The Blue Jays, in trading for R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson, have narrowed their focus specifically on the 2013 season. With a roster that already includes two 40-homer threats in Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, the Jays will be a force to be reckoned with the AL East. Johnson, while he…

  18. Report: The Cubs have told Carlos Marmol’s agent to “expect” a trade

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

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    There was a report earlier this week that the Cubs were looking to trade Carlos Marmol before the end of spring training. While that was quickly shot down, it appears that the erratic reliever could be on the move at some point in the future. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, top team…

  19. Italy rallies in ninth, defeats Mexico 6-5

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:59 PM EST

    Drew Butera

    Thanks to some shoddy outfield defense from Edgar Gonzalez, Italy pulled off a shocker Thursday, defeating Mexico 6-5 to start Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez, normally an infielder, misplayed two balls in left in the top of the ninth, opening the door for Italy’s two-run inning against Sergio Romo. Anthony Rizzo…

  20. Not so fast on those “Carlos Marmol is going to be traded soon” reports

    Mar 6, 2013, 9:08 AM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Yesterday  Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reported that the Cubs “will most likely” trade closer Carlos Marmol before Opening Day. Au contraire says Gordon Wittenmyer: Nothing to reports of trade interest for Marmol, esp. w/ Detroit. Cubs don’t expect to move him till after season starts. Prob at deadline. — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) March 6, 2013 So how…

  21. Anthony Rizzo: “our goal is San Francisco”

    Mar 5, 2013, 6:03 PM EST

    Anthony Rizzo

    The Team Italy-Athletics game just ended. The A’s won 4-3, with the final out coming when an Italian player was gunned down at the plate. Not too bad for a split squad major league team playing a WBC underdog. I spoke with Anthony Rizzo on the field after the game. Rizzo hit a long homer…

  22. Cubs likely to trade Carlos Marmol before Opening Day

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:27 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Carlos Marmol was nearly traded to the Angels in November before Dan Haren‘s health squashed the deal, but Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs “will most likely” find another trade to move the closer before Opening Day. According to Levine “several teams, including the Detroit Tigers, are taking a hard look at”…

  23. Italy invades Phoenix, Mike Piazza handicaps the papal election

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:53 PM EST

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    Today’s matchup pits Team Italy against the A’s. The Italian team got here about an hour or so ago and is working out and taking BP now. They look like every other baseball team you’ll see. Except on this one, Nick Punto is probably the second best player. That doesn’t happen very often. Oh, and…

  24. Off to see the A’s vs. Italy

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:05 AM EST

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    I’m going to Phoenix Municipal Stadium today to see the Oakland A’s play a game against team Italy from the WBC. It’s a warmup game for everyone, obviously. I just don’t know for which team it is a greater formality. The big names on team Italy: Anthony Rizzo. Chris Denorfia. Nick Punto, who I’ve already…

  25. With scouts watching, Rick Porcello turns in gem

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:24 PM EST

    Rick Porcello

    At least according to the numbers, Rick Porcello turned in one of the best outings of the spring so far Monday, striking out six in four scoreless innings against the Astros. The watchers were likely pretty impressed, too. With Porcello rumored to be available in trade talks, today’s performance came in front of a “ton”…

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