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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up



Congratulations to Jake Arrieta, who won the ESPY award for the best breakthrough athlete of 2015. Arrieta beat out Conor McGregor, Chloe Kim, and Karl-Anthony Towns. Arrieta’s 2015 numbers were quite impressive — the reigning Cy Young award winner posted a 22-6 record to go along with a 1.77 ERA.

Chicago Cubs' Dexter Fowler prepares for an at bat in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 17, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)

Dexter Fowler continued his rehab from a right hamstring strain during the weekend with the team, but the Cubs hope he will be ready for a Minor League assignment this week. Joe Maddon said by the end of the week, he’ll be available to the team. Fowler was able to run on Thursday and Friday; he has also been hitting. Fowler has been sidelined since June 19th. As for Jorge Soler, Maddon says he’s making excellent progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury. He should be ready to begin his rehab assignment this week. Adam Warren, who made a spot start prior to the All-Star break, is back in the bullpen but the Cubs may insert him into the rotation again for a spot start to give the starters a breather.

Roster Moves: Right-hander Trevor Cahill was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right knee patellar tendinitis, and lefty Clayton Richard was activated from the disabled list. Richard had been sidelined since June 21st with a blister on his left middle finger. Maddon said Cahill was battling a sore knee for quite some time. Cahill has given up four earned runs and walked five over his past three outings. Richard made two starts at Double-A Tennessee. Catcher David Ross was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list and infielder Munenori Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Side Notes: Joe Nathan was eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday. Nathan is recovering from Tommy John surgery, that he underwent in April 2015. Maddon said he is making progress as he rehabs. The Cubs signed three more players from the 2016 Draft by Friday’s deadline to raise the total to 24. The three are right-handed pitcher Michael Rucker (11th round), infielder Delvin Zinn (23rd round), and right-handed pitcher Nathan Sweeney (33rd round).

What’s Next: The Cubs get a rematch against the Mets, which begins Monday night at Wrigley Field. Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta will start the first two games and they will be followed by Kyle Hendricks for the series finale.

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