The Cubs were expected to activate Hector Rondon from the disabled list on Tuesday and call up outfielder Albert Almora Jr., infielder Munenori Kawasaki, catcher Tim Federowicz and right-handed reliever Spencer Patton from Triple-A Iowa.
Rondon, 28, has been on the DL since Aug. 17 with a right triceps strain.
Almora, 22, batted .303 in 80 games at Iowa with four home runs, 18 doubles, three triples and 43 RBIs. He appeared in 34 games with the Cubs from June 7-July 20, and hit .265.
Kawasaki, 35, who was up with the Cubs briefly and appeared in three games, hit .255 in 102 games at Iowa, stealing 20 bases.
Federowicz, 29, who appeared in 13 games for the Cubs from late April to early June, batted .293 in 65 games at Iowa, hitting eight home runs and 12 doubles and driving in 39 runs.
Patton, 28, appeared in 35 games at Iowa, and compiled a 1.00 ERA, giving up three earned runs over 36 innings while striking out 59. In 12 games with the Cubs, the right-hander has given up nine earned runs over 17 1/3 innings.
Iowa ended its season with a 12-3 win over Colorado Springs. The I-Cubs finished 67-76. Jordan Pries gave up three runs over six innings. Tim Federowicz had three hits, including a double, and two RBI. Juan Perez had three hits, including a triple, and three RBI. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and two RBI. He finished the season batting .333.
Tennessee finished its season with a 6-2 loss to Montgomery to close at 58-81. Jonathan Martinez gave up four earned runs over seven innings, striking out seven. Chesny Young clinched the Southern League batting title with a .303 average. He is the second straight Smokies player to do so after Willson Contreras won the title last year. Kelly Dugan had two hits and one RBI.
Myrtle Beach lost, 3-1, to Potomac. The Pelicans begin the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series on Wednesday vs. Salem. In Monday’s game, Andrew Ely reached twice with a single and a walk, and drove in the only run.
South Bend closed the regular season with a 3-0 victory and finished 84-55. The Cubs will open a best-of-three quarterfinal series at West Michigan on Wednesday. In Monday’s game, Ryan Kellogg gave up five hits over six innings and struck out six. Connor Myers hit a solo home run. Tyler Alamo drove in a run.
Eugene lost 6-1 to Hillsboro to close the regular season. The Emeralds open the Northwest League playoffs on Wednesday at Hillsboro. On Monday, Dylan Cease struck out 10 and gave up one hit over five innings.
Happy Labor Day. Kyle Hendricks will open the Cubs’ three-game series at Miller Park against the Brewers on Monday. Just FYI, Hendricks has started after three extra inning games, and he’s 3-0 in those games. The right-hander has given up three or fewer earned runs in each of his last 18 starts. The Brewers are coming off a sweep against the Pirates, and Zach Davies will start. First pitch is 12:10 p.m. CT from Milwaukee. Here’s the lineup:
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John Lackey returns to action on Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Giants at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CT. Lackey has been on the DL with a right shoulder strain. Here’s the lineup:
Josh Collmenter gave up one run over five innings in Iowa’s 5-1 win over Colorado Springs. Jeimer Candelario had three hits and one RBI and Taylor Davis drove in a run and stole a base.
Tennessee lost, 3-2, to Montgomery. Kelly Dugan hit a solo homer in the seventh. Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run over seven innings, striking out five. Victor Caratini hit a game-tying sac fly in the ninth.
Myrtle Beachclinched the Southern Division second half title with a 5-4, 14-inning win. David Bote hit a three-run homer in the first. Donnie Dewees hit an RBI single in the top of the 14th for the game-winner. He finished with two hits. Yasiel Balaguert was a home run shy of the cycle.
Tyler Alamo and Matt Rose both homered in South Bend’s 7-4 win over Dayton. Alamo finished with two RBI. P.J. Higgins also drove in two runs.
Eugene lost, 1-0, to Hillsboro. Wladimir Guerrero had two hits and a walk.
Jorge Soler has an ingrown toenail, and was scratched from Saturday’s Cubs lineup. Here’s the new lineup vs. the Giants:
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Note: Anthony Rizzo is just getting a day off.
Jake Arrieta faces Madison Bumgarner on Saturday in the third game of the Cubs’ four-game series against the Giants. Anthony Rizzo gets the day off vs. the Giants lefty. Arrieta, has gone 7-0 with a microscopic 0.15 ERA (1 ER/59 2/3 IP) in his last eight starts against California-based teams since the start of last season.
Here’s the lineup:
Iowa beat Colorado Springs, 3-2. Juan Perez hit a two-run homer in the second. Jeimer Candelario singled and drew two walks and Albert Almora Jr. hit a double and finished with one RBI.
Tennessee lost, 10-5, to Montgomery. Ian Happ had three hits, including two home runs, and three RBI and Ben Carhart added a solo home run. Gioskar Amaya had two hits and a walk.
Myrtle Beach won, 2-1. Duane Underwood Jr. started and gave up one run over 4 2/3 innings. Yasiel Balaguert hit a triple. Underwood, who will play in the Arizona Fall League, has a 1.89 ERA in his last five games, striking out 16 in 14 1/3 innings combined.
South Bend lost, 3-0, to West Michigan. Adbert Alzolay gave up three hits over five scoreless innings. Matt Rose had three hits and P.J. Higgins had two hits and stole a base.
Eugene won its franchise-best 54th game, a 9-3 win. Bryan Hudson gave up two hits over five innings, striking out seven. Tyler Payne drove in three runs. D.J. Wilson had three hits and one RBI.
Mike Montgomery makes his third start for the Cubs on Thursday night in the first of four games against the Giants. Chris Coghlan is back, and starting in left field. It’ll be a familiar face on the mound for San Francisco as Jeff Samardzija gets the start.
The Cubs went 22-6 in August, while the Giants posted their worst month of the season (11-16). When these two teams met at AT&T Park in May, the Giants took two out of three.
Here’s the lineup: