Latest Theo Epstein News

Contreras, Lester lead Cubs past Braves 8-3

Jun. 25, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras wasn't happy with a called second strike in the second inning. He took his displeasure out on the next pitch, hitting it out of the park. Contreras homered and had three RBIs, Jon Lester pitched five-hit ball through six innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves...

Cubs: Kimbrel close to return, could be activated this week

Jun. 24, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs says right-handed closer Craig Kimbrel could be activated later this week. Kimbrel signed a three-year, $43 million contract on June 7. He is set to pitch in another game at Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Monday the team...

Caratini helps rally Cubs past Cardinals 9-4

Jun. 9, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Victor Caratini and Chicago Cubs rallied from an early deficit and extended their mastery over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Jon Lester, Caratini hit a tiebreaking bases-loaded double in Chicago's four-run sixth inning and the Cubs beat St....

LEADING OFF: Keuchel makes Triple-A start, Kimbrel warming

Jun. 8, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: GETTING GOING, PART I Dallas Keuchel says he doesn't expect to need much time tuning up in the minors before he joins his new team, the Atlanta Braves. The club confirmed Friday night that the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner had agreed to a one-year...

LEADING OFF: Keuchel makes Triple-A start, Kimbrel warming

Jun. 7, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday: GETTING GOING, PART I Dallas Keuchel says he doesn't expect to need much time tuning up in the minors before he joins his new team, the Atlanta Braves. The club confirmed Friday night that the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner had agreed to a...

Kimbrel on Cubs: 'I'm happy where I am'

Jun. 7, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After missing more than one-third of a season while waiting for the right offer, Craig Kimbrel found a home with the Chicago Cubs. "Am I disappointed at where I am? No. not all at all. I'm very happy where I am," Kimbrel said Friday after the Cubs finalized a three-year contract that...

Hamels, Báez lead Cubs past Cardinals 3-1

Jun. 7, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels is starting to look like his old self. The 35-year-old Hamels threw eight innings of three-hit, shutout ball, Javier Báez hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs topped the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Friday. The Cubs have won 4 of 5 since being swept in a three-game series...

Realmuto homers in 10th, Phillies beat Cubs 5-4

May. 21, 2019 1:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The memories came flooding back to Jake Arrieta as the fans showered him with cheers when he stepped to the plate for the first time. His 4½ seasons in Chicago included an NL Cy Young Award in 2015, a drought-busting World Series championship in 2016, two no-hitters and an All-Star...

Morrow throwing again after setback in recovery from surgery

May. 20, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has started throwing again after experiencing a setback in his recovery from offseason elbow surgery. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Morrow threw from 45 to 60 feet Monday in Arizona. The Cubs shut down Morrow's rehab last month after he didn't...

Cubs ban indefinitely fan who used 'offensive' hand gesture

May. 8, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have banned indefinitely from Wrigley Field the fan that used what appeared to be a racist hand gesture behind an African American television reporter during a game at their ballpark. The Cubs sent a letter Wednesday to the bearded man who flashed the offensive sign in back...