A new era begins on the North Side Friday afternoon.
The Cubs are promoting Kris Bryant from Triple-A Iowa to make his MLB debut at Wrigley Field against James Shields and the San Diego Padres.
And what better way to celebrate Bryant's quick rise through the system en route to Friday's debut than with the "Kris Bryant" jingle.
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Here's a few catchy lines that will be stuck in your head all weekend:
"Cause he's Kris Bryant,
check out his swing,
he's hitting homers over 500 feet."
Check out the full song in the video above, and don't forget to tune in to CSN Saturday afternoon at 1:20 p.m. to see Bryan't second MLB game when the Cubs continue their series against the Padres.
Tony Andracki, David Kaplan, and Kelly Crull dive into everything going on with the Cubs at the moment, including Addison Russell's struggles and the team's other personnel issues (1:10), whether some trade targets are realistic for the Cubs to acquire (7:30), the ultimate role for Robel Garcia (11:15), how the Cubs will structure the bullpen with Pedro Strop's struggles (14:30), and what the roster could look like after the trade deadline (18:30).
Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below:
Cole Hamels took a step towards his return to the Cubs on Tuesday, but showed he is still working his way back to full strength.
Hamels made his first rehab start with Triple-A Iowa. It was his first game action since leaving with an oblique injury during a start on June 28.
For the Iowa Cubs, Hamels went 2 1/3 innings without giving up a run, but he struggled to throw strikes. Hamels threw 17 of his 35 pitches for strikes. He had two strikeouts, three walks and allowed one hit.
If Hamels is only throwing 35 pitches and not having much command, he isn’t that close to a return. It has been about three and a half weeks since his injury.
Alec Mills made two starts for the Cubs after the all-star break, including one on Monday, with Hamels out. Mills was sent down before Tuesday’s game in San Francisco. Lefty reliever Tim Collins took his spot on the roster.
The Cubs have off days on Thursday and Monday so they could skip a spot in the rotation, buying more time until Hamels is ready to rejoin the rotation.
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