Cubs will welcome back Travis Wood, Jorge Soler and Jason Hammel in mini ring ceremony Monday

Cubs will welcome back Travis Wood, Jorge Soler and Jason Hammel in mini ring ceremony Monday

The Cubs will keep the festivities going at Wrigley Field Monday night as they welcome back a trio of players who helped end the 108-year championship drought.

Travis Wood, Jorge Soler and Jason Hammel — who are now all Royals — will travel from Kansas City to Chicago to take part in a mini ring ceremony before Monday's Cubs-Brewers game.

With no games scheduled against the Royals this season, the Cubs invited the trio up on Kansas City's off-day Monday in an effort to honor the former North Siders.

"I think it's awesome," Joe Maddon said. "The fact that we're doing it speaks to the organization to have that kind of foresight to do something like that and to have that first-class-ness. 

"There's no other way to do it. The date was there. We're flying them up, apparently, they're gonna get their rings. I thought it was perfect. We'll be excited to see all those guys again."

Hammel made 61 starts over the last two seasons with the Cubs — his second stint with the team — and went 15-10 last year with a 3.83 ERA. But he didn't see any time in the postseason as he wasn't on the active roster during any of the three series.

Hammel signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Royals this past winter after the Cubs kept their promise and let him test the free agent market.

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Soler was traded to the Royals in the deal that brought closer Wade Davis to Chicago in December. The 25-year-old outfielder has struggled to stay healthy in his career (he's currently on the disabled list with Kansas City) and appeared in only 187 games the last two seasons with the Cubs, hitting 22 homers with a .741 OPS.

Soler was one of the first international signings by Theo Epstein's front office with the Cubs, inking a nine-year, $30 million deal that keeps him under team control through the 2020 season.

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Wood was the longest-tenured Cubs player before he departed over the winter and inked a two-year, $12 million deal with the Royals.

The 30-year-old lefty pitched in 220 games with the Cubs — including 98 starts — with a 3.94 ERA, 1.267 WHIP and four saves. He was a valuable swingman who made nine appearances throughout the Cubs' World Series run that included hitting a home run in Game 2 the National League Division Series.

Wood was a fan and clubhouse favorite in his time in Chicago and flourished in a super-sub role under Maddon, adding pinch-hitting and pinch-running to his list of duties besides pitching and also played the outfield a few times, infamously making a catch in the vines on July 31 last summer.

No word yet on whether Wood will be wearing a shirt or camo vest for Monday's festivities.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 49th homer of the season came with a runner on 1st and one out, when Oriel Hershiser served up a high fastball that Sammy belted 415 feet into the last few rows in left-center field. 

Sosa would later start the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the game-tying run on a Henry Rodriguez single through the right side of the infield. Jose Hernandez would step in the next at-bat and walk it off with a base hit that scored Mark Grace, as Sammy and the Cubs bested the Giants 6-5. 

Fun Fact: A 33-year-old Barry Bonds would hit home run No. 25, finishing the season with 37 homers. He would finish the next season with 34 dingers but would string five consecutive seasons with at least 45 home runs, of course hitting a record 73 home runs in 2001. 

Yu Darvish suffering another setback puts his 2018 season in jeopardy

Yu Darvish suffering another setback puts his 2018 season in jeopardy

Yu have to be kidding me (Sorry, couldn't resist). 

The Cubs were expecting Sunday's rehab start to be the beginning to an end of what has been an extremely disappointing 2018 season for their $126 million man Yu Darvish. Darvish was scheduled to start Sunday for the Cubs single-A affiliate in South Bend, IN, but after just one inning Darvish was checked on by the trainers and eventually pulled before the 2nd inning started. 

According to Steve Greenberg, Darvish asked for an MRI on Monday which likely closes the door on him returning to the Cubs in 2018.

The frustrating thing about Darvish's rehab is that in his two rehab starts, the 32-year-old pitcher has had excellent stuff, touching 95 mph in Sunday afternoon's game before being pulled. 

At this point in the season, it seems unlikely Darvish will be able to return to the Cubs rotation for the regular season. And it would be incredibly risky to roll with Darvish in the playoffs, who even when healthy hasn't shown he's deserving of a postseason roster spot. The Cubs do have options at starter in the minors like Duane Underwood or James Norwood, and despite his shortcomings, Tyler Chatwood is an option out of necessity now.  

Drew Smyly, who looked like a possibility as a late-season addition, is still not quite ready to come back and be an effective rotation piece at the moment. And with Mike Montgomery heading to the disabled list earlier this week, the Cubs were hopeful Darvish would be healthy by the time rosters expand in September. 

Luckily, Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, and Kyle Hendricks have all looked stellar recently and hopefully can continue their success on the mound as the Cubs continue to fight past injuries to maintain their grasp on the NL Central. 

But Theo Epstein said himself last week that if Darvish didn't perform well during his rehab stint, that was essentially his 2018 season. Don't expect to see Darvish returning to the mound until 2019, Cubs fans.