Cubs @ Pirates: Series Thread (Games 157-159)

The penultimate series of 2021 has the 4th place Cubs facing the 5th place Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Cubs can continue to audition and indulge fringey minor league vets as they sort out potential 2022 contributors. Mills, Hendricks, and Steele will start for the Cubs, facing Keller and a pair of question marks. The games will begin at 5:35 central Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


j.heyward shut down for the rest of the season (concussion)

.214/.280/.347 cost $21m

it'll only cost $22m next year...and the year after that...

k.thompson to IL with shoulder inflamation and j.adams up...pure paperwork move, thompson was done for the season anyway.

devin williams (MIL) broke his pitching hand punching a wall.

i have no words for this particular brand of stupidity for a player on a mid-market team about to go into the playoffs.

he "may" be back for the world series if he heals quickly and the team actually makes it there.

Love to see it happen to the Brewers. Love it.

Giambrone was going to be called up for oft injured Nico. Had to pivot to up for Wisdom, likely COVID related. Makes removing Giambrone from 40 man easier as the COVID IL doesn't require a player to be DFA and passed through waivers to be removed from roster 

Nico's season remains over. Rough year for him.

By rule the Wisdom so-called "10-day IL assignment" - MUST - be CoViD-related, otherwise Cubs would have had to make a corresponding roster move in order to add Giambrone to the 40.  

Also, because he is a CoViD-19 replacement player, waivers do not need to be secured before Giambrone can be outrighted back to the minors. And Giambrone does not have the right to elect free-agency when he is outrighted back to Iowa.