Found August 14, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Jake Arrieta is coming up to join Chicago's rotation on Friday, giving the Cubs a chance to take a long look at the right-hander over the final part of the season. The 27-year-old Arrieta was acquired in a July 2 trade with Baltimore. The right-hander has made one start with Chicago, pitching six effective innings in a 3-2 loss to Milwaukee on July 30. He is 2-2 with a 3.56 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Iowa. "We made the decision to bring Arrieta here and start here," manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday, citing the chance to have the 6-foot-4 right-hander work with pitching coach Chris Bosio and bullpen coach Lester Strode. "Pitch here, and see what we got." Arrieta was selected by Baltimore in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. He is 20-25 with a 5.39 ERA in parts of four seasons, winning 10 games for the Orioles in 2011. The move means Arrieta, Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson will start this weekend's games against St. Louis, and it also puts Carlos Villanueva back in the bullpen. The 29-year-old righty has split time between the bullpen and rotation in his first season with Cubs, compiling a 2-8 record with a 4.26 ERA in 31 games. "Villa's done it before," Sveum said. "Losing (Matt) Guerrier, he can kind of be that guy in the sixth, seventh inning when we're winning and get people out." Guerrier, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list last Thursday with right elbow soreness, is getting a second opinion from Reds team physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek, but is likely headed for surgery to repair a torn pronator muscle in his arm. "Definitely disappointing. But this is one of those things I've been dealing with for almost two years now with some pain in that area," said Guerrier, who is eligible for free agency after the season. "Hopefully get it fixed and hopefully have a chance to maybe come back here on a minor league deal or something next year and have an opportunity to help the team out next year again."

Jen-Ho Tseng Headed Down Under; Complete Cubs IFA News

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Kyle Hendricks Scouting Report

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JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-13-13

Programming note: I'm taking tomorrow and Friday off to go to GenCon. dmick has kindly offered to step in on those days. There should be no interruption in programming. Sacramento River Cats 6 @ Iowa Cubs 4 Josh Vitters doubled and struck out once (playing 1B). Mike Olt singled and struck out twice (playing 3B).  Kyle Hendricks pitched, and did fairly poorly. He allowed 4 runs...

Chicago Cubs prospects update: Bryant promoted

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JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-14-13

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JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-12-13

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Prospect Stock Watch: Kyle Hendricks

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Chicago Cubs 2011 draft review: Javier Baez, Dan Vogelbach

Around the two year anniversary of former Chicago Cubs’ general manager Jim Hendry’s firing on August 19, 2011, we will write a brief retrospective on his tenure with the Cubs and his continued imprint on the organization.  As we will document, while Hendry made some solid free agent signings and masterful trades, his overall drafting record and performance as a trade-deadline...

Chicago Cubs 2011 draft re-assessment: another Shawon Dunston coming?

Yesterday we featured the most celebrated members of the Chicago Cubs’ 2011 draft class, first round selection Javier Baez and second round pick Dan Vogelbach.  Today we briefly profile six of the other twelve members of the final draft overseen by former Cubs’ general Jim Hendry who, we believe, have been productive enough since joining the organization to conjure hope...

Arodys Vizcaino May Pitch in the Arizona Fall League

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The Odd Stories That Could Only Happen to the Cubs: Introduction

George Santayana famously said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. For the fans of the Chicago Cubs though, the past is not something they are usually too keen to look back on. After all, after going 105 years without winning a World Championship, and 68 years without even making the Championship game, the past is not all too impressive. Sure, there...

Bailey to pick up where Latos left off

The Chicago Cubs won't be mistaken for an offensive juggernaut, but their recent trouble scoring runs at home is something the long-suffering franchise hasn't experienced in nearly 89 years. Homer Bailey has been extremely stingy at Wrigley Field over the last two years, and he'll be on the hill for the Cincinnati Reds as the Cubs look to avoid a fourth straight home...

Prospect Video | Kris Bryant, 3B Chicago Cubs

Prospect Video Kris Bryant, 3B Chicago Cubs 1/4/1992 H: 6’5″ W: 215   The Cubs selected Kris Bryant out of San Diego in the 1st round of the 2013 draft. He was taken #2 overall and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Choo lifts Reds to 6-4 victory over Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Shin-Soo Choo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning and J.J. Hoover provided terrific relief work on his 26th birthday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Tuesday night.With no outs and the bases loaded, Choo jumped on the first pitch he got from Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) and lined it into the gap in right-center. Ryan Ludwick and Devin...

Reds 6, Cubs 4(11)

Shin-Soo Choo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning and J.J. Hoover provided terrific relief work on his 26th birthday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Tuesday night. With no outs and the bases loaded, Choo jumped on the first pitch he got from Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) and lined it into the gap in right-center. Ryan Ludwick and Devin Mesoraco...
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