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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up


The National League All-Star infield will be all Cubs, as Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell, and Kris Bryant earned trips to the All-Star Game along with their teammates Dexter Fowler*, Jake Arrieta, and Jon Lester. Rizzo was the top vote-getter in the National League and the infielders plus Fowler were chosen by the fans. Arrieta was voted in by the players and Lester was named by Mets manager Terry Collins, who will manage the National League team. It will be Rizzo’s and Zobrist’s 3rd trip to the All-Star game, while Bryant will be making his second. It’s the first time for Russell, Fowler, and Arrieta. The All-Star Game will take place at Petco Park on Tuesday, July 12th 8:00 PM ET on Fox.

*Update: Dexter Fowler has decided to not play in the All-Star Game. He said he needed more time before he feels ready to play the outfield. Fowler has been sidelined since June 19th because of a right hamstring strain. On Friday, he went 0-for-2 with two walks and one strikeout in his first game on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment for Class-A South Bend. Fowler will participate in All-Star Game festivities and will resume his rehab assignment later in the week. Fowler’s injury was originally believed to only sideline him for seven to 10 days. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce will replace Fowler on the National League team.

OSU's Thomas Hatch throws a pitch during Big 12 Baseball Championship tournament game between the Oklahoma State (OSU) and Texas Christian University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 26, 2016. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch; their third-round pick in the 2016 Draft. Altogether, the Cubs have signed 21 selections in advance of the July 15th signing deadline. Hatch reportedly signed for $573,900. He completed his sophomore season at Oklahoma State by helping lead the Cowboys to the College World Series. Hatch went 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA in 19 starts, including four shutouts. He is the 13th pitcher in OSU history to reach the 100-strikeout mark in a single season.

The Cubs have signed their first eight selections, including right-handed pitcher Tyson Miller of California Baptist (fourth round); right-handed pitcher Bailey Clark of Duke (fifth round); right-handed pitcher Chad Hockin of Cal State Fullerton (sixth round); catcher Michael Cruz of Bethune-Cookman (seventh round); right-handed pitcher Stephen Ridings of Haverford College (eighth round); right-handed pitcher Duncan Robinson of Dartmouth (ninth round); and right-handed pitcher Dakota Mekkes of Michigan State (10th round).

Roster Moves: Joel Peralta was designated for assignment on Wednesday to make room on the roster for Adam Warren, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to start against the Reds on Wednesday. Warren was sent to Iowa to make two starts so he could go on Wednesday. David Ross was placed on the 7-day disabled list after taking a foul ball off his mask during Tuesday’s game and Tommy La Stella was activated from the disabled list. On Saturday, the Cubs optioned Jeimer Candelario to Triple-A Iowa and recalled Munenori Kawasaki.

What’s Next: Kyle Hendricks will open the second half of the season on Friday, facing the team that drafted him. He will face the Texas Rangers for the start of an Interleague series at Wrigley Field. Hendricks is 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA in nine games at home.

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