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  • Adrian Sampson Removed From Wednesday's Start

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Adrian Sampson (groin) was removed from Wednesday's start against the Cincinnati Reds due to right groin tightness. He exited with the trainers in the third inning as a precaution. Sampson allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out three across 2 2/3 innings before leaving. The 30-year-old finished the 2022 campaign with a 4-5 record, a 3.10 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and a 70:26 K: BB across 101 2/3 innings in 2022. Sampson is expected to be available for Spring Training in 2023.

    Oct 5 · Source via Cubs Adrian Sampson
  • Willson Contreras Not Starting For Cubs

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras isn't starting on Wednesday as the Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds and right-hander Graham Ashcraft. Contreras is batting .234 with a .349 on-base percentage, 22 home runs and four stolen bases in 487 plate appearances for the Cubs this year. Instead, it'll be P.J. Higgins hitting seventh and starting behind the plate. Higgins is batting .227 with a .303 on-base percentage and six home runs in 224 plate appearances this season. The 29-year-old could be worth a look as a streaming option for fantasy managers in deeper leagues where on-base percentage is part of the scoring.

    Oct 5 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Ian Happ Collects Two Hits Friday

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ reached base three times in Friday's 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, singling twice and walking once while crossing home plate two times. The 28-year-old's having his best full season at the big league level, slashing .272/.342/.444 with 17 HRs, 71 RBI, 72 runs, and nine steals over 153 games. Happ's batting average has been a significant improvement from the .226 mark a season ago, and fantasy managers should be happy with his all-around production, even if he doesn't hit the 20-homer threshold.

    Oct 1 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Cubs Outright Michael Hermosillo

    Cubs outfielder Michael Hermosillo has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, Mark Gonzales relays. Chicago had designated him for assignment earlier in the week. It’s been a tough season for Hermosillo, who re-signed with the Cubs on a major league deal this past offseason. After breaking camp with the big league team, Hermosillo suffered…

    Sep 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Michael Hermosillo
  • Willson Contreras Not Starting Friday

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Cincinnati Reds. Contreras appears to just be getting a normal day of rest to start the weekend series against Cincinnati. The 30-year-old All-Star backstop has played in just three games in September due to injury and has gone 2-for-12 with a double, and four strikeouts. Overall, he's slashing .243/.346/.464 with an .810 OPS, 21 homers, 54 RBI, 63 runs scored and four stolen bases in 407 at-bats. Yan Gomes is behind the dish and is hitting seventh on Friday against Reds right-hander Graham Ashcraft. Gomes won't be a very attractive low-cost DFS option. He's gone 2-for-22 (.091) with no homers, two RBI and seven strikeouts in his last six games.

    Sep 30 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Drew Smyly To Start Saturday

    Chicago Cubs left-hander Drew Smyly (shoulder) will make the start on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds. Smyly has been unavailable for a few weeks due to left shoulder fatigue, but he'll return to make one last start in 2022 against the Reds. The 33-year-old southpaw has been solid for the Cubbies this year in his 21 starts, going 7-8 with a 3.48 ERA (4.31 FIP), a 1.19 WHIP, 89 strikeouts and 26 walks in 103 1/3 innings pitched. He'll have a nice matchup against Cincinnati, too, but he'll still be a pretty risky fantasy streamer for those chasing a title in his first major-league start in several weeks. Tread carefully.

    Sep 30 · Source via Cubs Drew Smyly
  • Seiya Suzuki Still Out Wednesday

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki remains out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Suzuki returned from the restricted list on Tuesday but hasn't played since. The 28-year-old Japanese outfielder has held his own in his first big-league season in the States, slashing .263/.336/.433 with 13 home runs, 45 RBI, 48 runs scored and nine stolen bases in his 372 at-bats. With Suzuki on the bench again Wednesday, Patrick Wisdom is starting in right field and is hitting sixth against Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. Wisdom is hitting just over the Mendoza Line in his 446 at-bats for the Cubs in 2022, but he also has 25 home runs and 65 RBI, making him a boom/bust DFS option.

    Sep 28 · Source via Cubs Seiya Suzuki
  • Justin Steele Not Expected To Return This Season

    Chicago Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (back) threw a successful bullpen session on Tuesday and is expected to throw one more high-intensity bullpen, but it sounds as though he will not make it back to make another start for the Cubs in 2022. "It just makes sense to me to just go ahead and send him off on a high note," manager David Ross said about Steele. It doesn't make sense for the Cubs to rush the 27-year-old southpaw back with nothing to play for this year. Steele showed plenty of improvement in his sophomore season in the big leagues, going 4-7 with a 3.18 ERA (3.21 FIP), a 1.35 WHIP, 126 strikeouts and 50 walks in 119 innings pitched over his 24 starts for the Cubbies.

    Sep 28 · Source via Cubs Justin Steele
  • Marcus Stroman Strong In Win

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was strong Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits and a walk in seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies. He earned his fifth win of the season, outdueling Zack Wheeler as the Cubs triumphed 2-1. Stroman struck out six batters. After a difficult April, Stroman has regained his signature steadiness, and he's finishing strong with four starts of at least six innings in his last five trips to the mound. He will have one more chance to improve on his 3.66 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through 132 2/3 innings and 24 starts in 2022.

    Sep 27 · Source via Cubs Marcus Stroman
  • Willson Contreras, Seiya Suzuki Reinstated Tuesday

    The Chicago Cubs reinstated catcher Willson Contreras (ankle) from the injured list on Tuesday and also reinstated outfielder Seiya Suzuki from the paternity list. In corresponding moves, the Cubs optioned Jared Young to the minors and designated outfielder Michael Hermosillo for assignment. Contreras is serving as the designated hitter and is batting third against Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler on Tuesday, while Suzuki isn't in the starting lineup. Contreras might be eased back into his role as the regular catcher, but the 30-year-old should be returned to starting fantasy lineups on Tuesday. He has 21 home runs and 54 RBI on the year in 395 at-bats for the Cubbies. Suzuki should eventually return to an everyday role in the outfield down the stretch.

    Sep 27 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Cubs Designate Michael Hermosillo For Assignment

    The Cubs made a series of roster moves prior to tonight’s game, with reporter Mark Gonzales among those who relayed them on Twitter. The club has reinstated catcher Willson Contreras from the injured list and Seiya Suzuki from the restricted list. Suzuki was previously on the paternity list but traveled to Japan and wasn’t able…

    Sep 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Michael Hermosillo
  • Alexander Canario Rising Through Cubs System

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Alexander Canario went 1-for-4 with a solo home run for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Canario opened the season with High-A South Bend, but spent the bulk of his season for Double-A Tennessee and has spent the last 15 games with Iowa. The 22-year-old was one of the prospects the Cubs received for Kris Bryant during last years trade deadline and he has impressed in his first full year with the Cubs franchise. Never playing above High-A with the Giants organization, Canario has ascended throughout the minor leagues with the Cubs. Between all three stops this season, the outfielder has shown plenty of power with 35 homers to go along with 92 RBI, 22 stolen bases and a .255 batting average. The Cubs have plenty of holes on their roster and Canario could have a true shot at competing for a corner outfield spot entering 2023. With his power display this year and his body continuing to mature, Canario is someone that dynasty managers should consider targeting entering next season.

    Sep 23 · Source via Cubs Alexander Canario prospects
  • Nico Hoerner Still Sidelined

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner (triceps) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It remains to be seen if Hoerner will land on the injured list, which would likely end his 2022 season. The 25-year-old has now missed 10 straight games, so it's entirely possible he won't be able to make it back for the final couple of weeks of the season. Hoerner has been very solid for fantasy managers this year, slashing .291/.338/.421 with nine home runs, 49 RBI, 51 runs scored and 18 stolen bases in his 444 at-bats. Rookie Christopher Morel is at shortstop and is batting ninth on Thursday against Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller. The 23-year-old has plenty of power (14 home runs), but he's hitting ninth and has gone 5-for-36 (.139) with a homer and three RBI in 15 games this month.

    Sep 22 · Source via Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • Seiya Suzuki Not Expected Back This Weekend

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki, who is on the paternity list, isn't expected back for the team's four-game weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates since his wife has not yet delivered their baby. Suzuki initially went on the paternity list last Saturday and was then moved to the restricted list on Thursday. Fantasy managers shouldn't expect to have him available until some point early next week. Michael Hermosillo should continue to benefit from extra playing time in the outfield with Suzuki out. He's back in center field and is hitting eighth on Thursday against Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller. Hermosillo is still searching for his first home run of the season. He has just five hits in 51 at-bats with three RBI and 23 strikeouts. DFS gamers should look elsewhere.

    Sep 22 · Source via Cubs Seiya Suzuki
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