Tony Campana took the roster spot of the injuired Ryan Dempster and after Marlon Byrd - who was traded to Boston Saturday - cleared up another rosterspot, the Cubs recalled Randy Wells from Triple-A Iowa. Wells will start in place of Dempster as the Cubs wrap up their series vs. the Reds Sunday afternoon.He began his season with Triple-A Iowa going 1-0 with a 9.42 ERA in three starts prior to Sunday's recall. The 29-year-old right hander is 27-30 with a 4.01 ERA in 86 Major League appearances, 82 as a starter. He spent the past three seasons with the Cubs, postinga 7-6 record with a 4.99 ERA in 23 starts in 2011.
As new manager David Ross takes over for Joe Maddon, he intends to tweak the culture of the Cubs and set his own mark on the team. Jeff Nelson is joined by Outside the Ivy and Bleacher Nation's Michael Cerami to discuss what kind of impact David Ross will have on the 2020 Cubs, what should be expected from the pitching staff and bullpen, and the uncertainty of who plays in the outfield.
(1:36) - What does Ross' impact look like?
(8:28) - Concerns with the pitching staff
(16:00) - Will Craig Kimbrel be better this year?
(20:00) - Will Kris Bryant have enough rope to get used to leading off?
(25:05) - Who do you trust to play the outfield every day?
Listen here or in the embedded player below.
Cubs Talk Podcast
David Bote put his sweet, sweet swing to special use on Tuesday.
Prior to the Cubs’ Cactus League game vs. the Rockies, a couple of Cubs fans asked Bote to partake in their gender reveal. The duo brought a powder-infused baseball, asking Bote to take a hack to reveal whether they’re having a boy or girl.
The father-to-be tossed the ball to Bote, who smashed it open to unleash a pink cloud of powder — signifying the couple will have a girl. The 26-year-old infielder — who has two daughters himself — threw his arms in the air to celebrate.
No matter how you feel about gender reveals, you’ve gotta love the uniqueness of this one and Bote partaking in the special moment. Here’s to a healthy life for the baby!
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