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Wake-up call: Consistency eludes Arrieta; Cutler plus 80s Bears D equals dynasty?; Butler as Thibs' new recruiter

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Wake-up call: Consistency eludes Arrieta; Cutler plus 80s Bears D equals dynasty?; Butler as Thibs' new recruiter

Here are some of Saturday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Consistency continues to elude Jake Arrieta as Cubs' fortunes, future contract hang in balance

Tom Thibodeau enjoying having Jimmy Butler as a recruiter

'Failure' with Rockies set Tommy Kahnle up for success with White Sox

Dennis Rasmussen 'fired up' after leaving Blackhawks for new role with Ducks

Dan Hampton thinks Bears would have done more Super Bowl shuffling in 80's with Jay Cutler

How's the D-peat going? Cubs see improving defense but know things can be better

Lauri Markkanen's summer league debut included botched jersey

Jose Quintana finds a creative way to add to his trade value

Kyle Hendricks set for Monday rehab outing, will return to Cubs' starting rotation follow?

Dax McCarty getting a chance in the Gold Cup

Cubs injury update: Anthony Rizzo's MRI confirms rib inflammation

Cubs injury update: Anthony Rizzo's MRI confirms rib inflammation

An MRI confirmed that Anthony Rizzo’s back spasms this week are stemming from rib head inflammation on his left side, the Cubs announced Wednesday.

The first baseman has a history of back injury, dating back to 2014.

He described this season’s bout with lower back tightness as, "frustrating just because of how physically in shape I felt I was. Just can’t control the flareups."

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Rizzo has been limited due to lower back tightness for a week. He showed signs of improvement on Sunday, when he took live batting practice without issue. But his recovery from the workout wasn’t what he had hoped, prompting the MRI.

Rizzo said he doesn’t expect to start the season in the injured list. But if an IL stint is necessary, he’d prefer it be for a few games early in the season, rather than extended time out later.

 

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Cubs Talk Podcast: This will be the toughest championship for any team to win

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Cubs Talk Podcast: This will be the toughest championship for any team to win

In the most unprecedented season in MLB history, teams must go through a tough shortened season in possibly the most difficult run in baseball history.

David Kaplan and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss the level of difficulty for teams to win a championship this year, plus the anniversary of the Ryan Dempster trade and the details that surrounded it. Later, Kaplan interviews Joan Ryan, author of the book "Intangiblesm" about the importance of team chemistry in difficult times.

(1:51) - Is coronavirus testing for the Cubs improving?

(7:10) - Yu Darvish speaks on the playing in the pandemic

(11:30) - Ryan Dempster trade anniversary

(19:15) - Joan Ryan interview

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(20:40) - Importance of team chemistry in winning

(26:00) - Analytics vs. chemistry

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