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MLB investigating racist comments targeted at Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr

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MLB investigating racist comments targeted at Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr

Major League Baseball is currently looking into racist messages sent to Cubs' pitcher Carl Edward Jr., according to The Athletic's Patrick Mooney. 

Edwards, who's currently pitching for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate, received racist messages on his Instagram account: 

Amid his early-season struggles, Edwards received racist messages on Instagram that have drawn the attention of Major League Baseball, Cubs officials and the players’ union, multiple sources told The Athletic.

“We are aware of the situation,” an MLB spokesperson said Monday. “We have a team that works with social-media companies to take appropriate actions in situations like this.”

Cubs President Theo Epstein released this statement on the matter: 

“We were shocked by the racist, profanity-laced social media message sent to Carl Edwards Jr. earlier this month,” president of baseball operations Theo Epstein wrote in a statement released on behalf of the Cubs organization. “We vehemently condemn the content of the message and are supporting Major League Baseball’s investigation to identify the person responsible.

According to Mooney, the investigation is still in the fact-finding stage. 

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Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game in sixth inning with apparent injury

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Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game in sixth inning with apparent injury

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals in sixth inning with a right heel contusion.

Báez appeared to turn his right ankle charging a softly hit groundball by Nationals pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in the third inning. Cubs manager Joe Maddon went out to check on Báez, though the shortstop stayed in the game after a brief discussion.

Addison Russell, who was set to pinch hit for Báez in the sixth inning before Anthony Rizzo grounded into an inning-ending double play, took over at shortstop in the bottom half of the inning. Sunday was Russell's first appearance at shortstop since Sept. 19, 2018, as he recently returned from a 40-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.

The move was likely precautionary, as the Cubs held a 6-1 lead when Báez exited the game and play again on Monday night.

The Nationals scored three times in the sixth inning, cutting the Cubs' lead to 6-4. Russell made a throwing error on his first attempt, though it was a deflected ball off of Hendricks' glove. While the Cubs obviously want Báez healthy and on the field, they managed to pull out a 6-5 win in his absence.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by NBC Sports Chicago Cubs producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen to break down Monday night's big matchup between former Cub Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish.

The trio discuss the history and dynamics behind the matchup (2:00), the statistical comparison between the two pitchers over the past two seasons and their potential going forward (4:00), the difference in mental makeup between Jake and Yu (11:00), and Jake's massively important place in Cubs history (17:30).

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Cubs Talk Podcast

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