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De Aza's return uncertain; Pierzynski could play Monday

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De Aza's return uncertain; Pierzynski could play Monday

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A.J. Pierzynski will miss a fifth straight game on Sunday, but is certain he will return to the lineup on Monday. White Sox manager Robin Ventura isnt as confident about Alejandro De Azas chances of returning Monday.

Pierzynski was previously expected to return for Sunday nights finale, and said again he is available, but the team determined it was best for him to rest his right oblique injury for one more day.

De Aza tested his sore left wrist before Sundays game and Ventura thinks hell need to sit again Monday.

Ventura and Pierzysnki both believe the veteran catcher will return to play Monday and Tuesday before he rests again on Wednesday and Thursday.

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who collided with De Aza in Fridays game leaving both with an injured wrist, returned to the lineup.

With heat everything and the travel, I didnt want to get dehydrated and have a chance to make it worse, Pierzynski said.

Pierzynski is hitting .287 with 16 homers and 50 RBIs in 83 games. He said his oblique was sore leading up to a swing of the bat last Monday, but he hasnt felt the grabbing sensation many players say they experience.

It had kind of gone away then it gradually got worse until Monday when it was to a point where it was Hey, I need a day or two here, Pierzynski said. They were accommodating. It has just worked out that it has been almost a week. Its definitely better. Im definitely able to play. Theres no question. Robin and everyone knows that I can play. But they are trying to be extra cautious with two months left.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”