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Pirates say fan hit by foul ball during #Cubs game is “doing fine”

The woman who was struck by a foul ball behind home plate on Monday at PNC Park was released from a Pittsburgh hospital on Tuesday. The Pirates issued the following statement:

“The female fan who was struck by a foul ball during last night’s game was sent via ambulance to the hospital for the appropriate examinations. Thankfully, the fan was released from the hospital following those examinations.

“We are extremely grateful for this positive outcome. The organization is in the process of reaching out to her to show our support. Due to privacy laws, we will not reveal the name of the fan, nor additional details at this time.

“We wish to thank the PNC Park personnel and fellow fans who were on the scene at the time, as well as the Pittsburgh EMS for their quick response.”

The incident happened in the second inning during Starlin Castro’s at-bat.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Minor League update: Russell, Vogelbach and more

Monday’s games

Addison Russell went 1-for-3 with a two-out single in the seventh that broke up Scott Baker’s perfect game but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 8-0, in seven innings to Oklahoma City in the first game of a doubleheader Monday. In the second game, Taylor Davis hit a solo home run and Junior Lake smacked a walk off sac fly in the ninth for a 4-3 win. Russell was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. James Russell struck out three over two innings for the win.

Dan Vogelbach, named Southern League Player of the Week earlier in the day, smacked his first home run but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 7-1, to Jackson. Vogelbach connected on the second pitch of the first inning. C.J. Edwards pitched in relief, and struck out the side in his first inning. But he was charged with four runs, none earned, on one hit and two walks over 1 2/3 innings. Frank Batista started and threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Billy McKinney and Jacob Rogers each homered in Myrtle Beach’s 7-4, 11-inning win over Salem. Tayler Scott picked up the win in relief. Jacob Hannemann, Mark Zagunis and McKinney each drove in a run in the 11th.

Ryan Williams threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in South Bend’s 3-0 win over Great Lakes. Jesse Hodges had two hits and three RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

Final #Cubs 5, Pirates 2

Kris Bryant had three hits, drove in three runs, and scored another on a crazy play to back Jake Arrieta and lead the Cubs to a 5-2 victory Monday night over the Pirates. Jorge Soler had a career-high four hits. Arrieta gave up one run over seven innings, striking out seven. He now has 500 career Ks.

“We’re just playing the game with a lot of verve right now and I really enjoy watching us play,” manager Joe Maddon said.

Up next: Travis Wood faces Francisco Liriano on Tuesday at PNC Park in the second game of the four-game series. The Cubs will welcome 21-year-old infielder Addison Russell, who was expected to be called up.

Addison Russell to be promoted to #Cubs

First it was Kris Bryant. Now, Addison Russell, the Cubs’ No. 2 prospect, will join the big league team. Sources confirmed Monday night that Russell will join the Cubs in Pittsburgh and was expected to start Tuesday. Russell moved from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa for five games, which put the infielder on the fast track to the big leagues.

Cubs second basemen are batting a combined .146 (6-for-41), which is lowest in the National League. Russell was batting .318 at Iowa.

“We’re just trying to give him that opportunity to play there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said before Monday’s game about Russell’s move from shortstop to second. “Personally, I like guys like that playing a bunch of different spots in the Minor Leagues if you can. You never know where the need will be on the Major League level.

“It’s just being more proactive as far as prepping him for a need that may be open here,” Maddon said. “You could surmise that there’s potential that he might do that but it’s not a lock. It’s just a matter of expanding his infield horizons.”

The Cubs were expected to option Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Russell, 21, who was acquired last July from the Athletics.

Bryant, the Cubs’ top prospect, was promoted on Friday to the big league team, and recorded a three-hit, three-RBI game on Monday in a 5-2 win over the Pirates.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was first to report Russell’s promotion Monday night.

— Carrie Muskat

Could Russell be on fast track to #Cubs?

Addison Russell, the Cubs’ No. 2 prospect, has moved from shortstop to second base at Triple-A Iowa, part of the team’s effort to have players be more versatile and also to possibly put the infielder on the fast track to the big leagues.

Cubs second basemen are batting a combined .135 (5-for-37), which is lowest in the National League. Russell was batting .318 at Iowa.

“We’re just trying to give him that opportunity to play there,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Russell’s move from shortstop to second. “Personally, I like guys like that playing a bunch of different spots in the Minor Leagues if you can. You never know where the need will be on the Major League level.

“It’s just being more proactive as far as prepping him for a need that may be open here,” Maddon said. “You could surmise that there’s potential that he might do that but it’s not a lock. It’s just a matter of expanding his infield horizons.”

The biggest concern for any infielder making the move is to learn how to handle double plays and get a feel for what Maddon calls the “road map, the GPS.” Infielders need to know where to be on every play, and switching sides in the infield can make a difference.

Lately, the Cubs have been leaning on Jonathan Herrera at second, who has started four straight games there.

“He’s been playing pretty well,” Maddon said of Herrera. “Everybody’s always fixated on hits. I’m fixated on defense and pitching. I think the guys out there have been doing a really good job with that.”

Javier Baez, projected as the Cubs starting second baseman, has yet to play for Iowa. He is on bereavement leave to deal with the passing of his 21-year-old sister, Noely.

— Carrie Muskat

Final Padres 5, #Cubs 2

The Padres rallied for a 5-2 victory over the Cubs to take the series on Sunday at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester dropped to 0-3 after giving up three runs on six hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings. Lester now has pitched six innings or less in three consecutive starts for the first time since June 6-21, 2013. He also has given up three or more runs in four consecutive starts dating back to last season for the first time since May 20-June 27, 2013.

Kris Bryant collected his first extra-base hit, a double in the fifth. He has reached base in seven of his last nine plate appearances. Jorge Soler notched his team-leading ninth RBIs.

The Cubs continued to run, and now have 13 stolen bases, which ranks among the NL leaders.

San Diego’s Andrew Cashner picked up the win. He survived a shaky first and gave up two runs — both unearned — on five hits over six innings.

Up next: The Cubs hit the road and begin a seven-game trip Monday in Pittsburgh. Jake Arrieta gets the start at PNC Park.

#Cubs roster move: Germen called up; Szczur to Iowa

The Cubs selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday and optioned outfielder Matt Szczur to Triple-A. To make room for Germen on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Germen was available for the Cubs in Sunday’s series finale against the Padres.

Germen, 27, has thrown four scoreless appearances for Iowa, striking out five over 4 2/3 innings.

Szczur had batted .200 (2-for-10) with one double and one RBI in eight games with the Cubs.

Turner is recovering from right shoulder inflammation.

Minor League moves:

* The Iowa Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Blake Parker on the seven-day disabled list. Catcher Taylor Teagarden, who had been sidelined with a sore shoulder, and left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka were added to active roster.

* Right-handed pitcher Starling Peralta was promoted from Class A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Tennessee. Right-hander Jasvir Rakkar was moved up from South Bend to Myrtle Beach.

#Cubs Minor League roundup – Saturday’s games

Saturday’s games

* Iowa’s game vs. Oklahoma City was postponed because of rain, and will be made up April 20 as part of a doubleheader. On Sunday, Barret Loux was scheduled to start for the I-Cubs.

* Albert Almora went 5-for-5 and Wilson Contreras hit a three-run homer in the sixth to lead Tennessee to a 7-1 win over Pensacola. Felix Pena gave up one run on four hits over six innings for his second quality start.

* Duane Underwood gave up one run on two hits over six innings in Myrtle Beach’s 4-1 win over Winston Salem in the first game of a doubleheader. Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits, including his second triple, and stole a base. In the second game, Paul Blackburn gave up three earned runs over five innings for the win and Ben Carhart hit his first homer in an 8-4 victory. Jeimer Candelario had two hits, both doubles.

* Trey Martin had two hits in South Bend’s 5-4 loss to Great Lakes.

#Cubs lineup Sunday vs Padres

Jon Lester aims at his first win with the Cubs, and a chance for the team to win another series on Sunday at Wrigley Field in the finale vs. the Padres. Andrew Cashner gets the start for San Diego. Here’s the Cubs lineup:

Fowler CF

Soler RF

Rizzo 1B

Bryant 3B

Castro SS

Coghlan LF

Ross C

Lester P

Herrera 2B

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs extra bases for Sun 4/19

* The Cubs are one of three teams that has not dropped at least two straight games this season (also Red Sox and Tigers).

* Cubs batters are averaging 3.95 pitches per plate appearance thus far, most in the NL and fourth-highest in MLB behind the Red Sox (4.18), Rays (4.13) and Yankees (4.04).

* The Cubs have swiped 12 stolen bases, tied with the Reds for the most in the NL and tied for second-most in MLB.

* The Cubs have won at six of their first 10 games for the first time since starting out 6-4 (and 7-4) in 2009.

Notes from Saturday’s 7-6, 11-inning win:

* Miguel Montero hit his first two homers as a Cub, with the first opening a 3-2 lead in the sixth. It was his fifth-career multi-homer game and first since Aug. 14, 2010, at Washington with the D-Backs. Montero joins Jorge Soler (April 13 vs. Cincinnati) as the only two Cubs to blast multiple homers in game this season.

* Kyle Hendricks did not get a decision but did notch a quality start. He gave up two runs on three hits, striking out a career-high eight hitters over six innings. The Cubs are now 8-1 when Hendricks tosses six innings or more. Hendricks served up Matt Kemp’s homer in the first, then retired 14 in a row.

* Kris Bryant recorded his first-career hit and RBI with a run-scoring single in the fifth. He’s the first Cub since at least 1914 to draw three walks in a game within his first two career games.

* Starlin Castro recorded his fourth-career walk-off with a RBI single in the 11th. He has hit safely in six of seven games (.321/9-for-28) at Wrigley this season. His three hits Saturday were a season high.

Looking ahead:

The Cubs open a four-game series against the Pirates on Monday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 1.98) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (0-1, 2.25)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (1-1, 2.31) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (0-1, 2.08)
Wednesday: RHP Jason Hammel (1-0, 5.11) vs. RHP Vance Worley (1-1, 5.84)
Thursday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 6.10) vs. LHP Jeff Locke (2-0, 1.93)

— Carrie Muskat

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