Chicago Cubs Player News: All Positions

News: Hamels gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six through four innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Wednesday.
Impact: Hamels surrendered the three runs before the end of the third inning, but he wasn't efficient enough to make it past four innings. It was a mixed bag of results as he took 99 pitches to get 12 outs, but he also registered 18 swinging strikes. Over the last month, he has a 2-0 record with a 3.21 ERA and a 45:19 K:BB. Hamels will make his next start Monday against the Astros.
News: Baez (heel) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Phillies.
Impact: Baez did not start the last two games due to a heel contusion, though he did deliver a walkoff, pinch-hit single on Tuesday. The 26-year-old star is now up to 12 home runs and he certainly appears fully healthy.
News: Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a walk, a three-run home run and two runs scored in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Phillies.
Impact: Rizzo's three-run blast and a grand slam from Albert Almora did most of the damage for the Cubs. The 29-year-old first baseman got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but he's now up to 12 home runs and 34 RBI through 43 games to go along with a .927 OPS.
News: Chatwood (3-0) picked up the win Wednesday against the Phillies, as he tossed four innings of one-run ball in relief. He allowed three hits and a walk, while striking out three.
Impact: The only blemish for Chatwood was an eighth inning solo home run by Andrew McCutchen. It was encouraging to see the righty only issue one walk, as control was his biggest issue in a disappointing 2018 campaign. Chatwood has cut back on the walks this year, and he's excelled in his new long relief role, posting a 3-0 record and 2.86 ERA through his first 28.1 innings.
News: Almora went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Wednesday's 8-4 win over the Phillies.
Impact: Almora's big blast was the difference in this one, and the 25-year-old outfielder is on a modest power surge, with three home runs over his past eight games. Almora now has five long balls this season, which matches his total from last year and is just three away from tying his career best of eight set in 2017.
News: Strop (hamstring) could begin a minor-league rehab assignment next week, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, which apparently went well, and will throw another such session this weekend. If that goes well, a rehab assignment could be next, meaning he could return in late May or early June if everything goes smoothly through the rest of his recovery. In the meantime, Steve Cishek has proven more than capable of handling the ninth inning for the Cubs.
News: Wick was recalled by the Cubs on Wednesday.
Impact: Wick is up to replace Xavier Cedeno, who landed on the injured list with left wrist inflammation. Wick allowed six runs in 8.1 innings in his first taste of the majors for the Padres last season but has a 2.84 ERA in 19 frames for Triple-A Iowa this year.
News: Cedeno was placed on the 10-day injured list with left wrist inflammation Wednesday.
Impact: The same injury prevented Cedeno from making his season debut until May 11. He threw two scoreless innings but had a 3.50 WHIP in five appearances before landing back on the injured list. Rowan Wick was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.
News: Heyward is not in the lineup Wednesday against lefty Cole Irvin and the Phillies.
Impact: Heyward sits after starting 16 games in a row. He hit just .141/.236/.250 over that stretch. Kris Bryant moves out to right field in his absence, with David Bote starting at third base.
News: Descalso is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies.
Impact: The playing-time battle between Descalso and Addison Russell was muddled in the last two days by the absence of Javier Baez (heel) opening up spots for both to start. Baez is back Wednesday, pushing Russell to second base and Descalso to the bench.
News: Baez (heel) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies.
Impact: Baez sat on the bench for two straight games but certainly appeared healthy in a pinch hitter role Tuesday, hitting a walkoff single. He'll bat cleanup and play shortstop Wednesday.
News: Quintana tossed six scoreless innings but did not factor into the decision in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Phillies. He allowed two hits and three walks while striking out four.
Impact: Quintana has failed to record a win over his last three starts, though he's allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight straight outings dating back to an eight-run disaster April 5. The lefty now has a solid 3.30 ERA for the season and will look to get back into the win column in his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday against the Reds.
News: Bryant went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Phillies.
Impact: Bryant had a four-hit, three-homer game Friday, but had gone 1-for-12 in the three games since, so it was nice to see the slugger break out of the mini slump. The 27-year-old is now batting .275 this season with a .958 OPS, and he's scored 38 runs in 45 games.
News: Baez (heel) delivered a pinch-hit, walkoff RBI single in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Phillies.
Impact: Baez was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day and the team announced he would get a precautionary MRI, so it was a good sign to see the star infielder make a pinch-hit appearance. Even better for the Cubs and fantasy owners, he quickly drilled a game-winning single to right field. It appears that the heel contusion Baez sustained Sunday will not be a major injury, and he could rejoin the starting lineup as soon as Wednesday.
News: Baez is scheduled to undergo a precautionary MRI on his right heel, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Baez was held out of the lineup for the second straight day Tuesday as he continues to nurse a sore right heel that forced him to exit Sunday's game. Per Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com, manager Joe Maddon hopes Baez will return to the lineup Wednesday. Addison Russell remains at shortstop in his absence.