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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up


Albert+Almora+Jr+Chicago+Cubs+v+Washington+06jqFN4JcjNlSeptember is right around the corner and that means the rosters are allowed to expand to 40 players. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said there hasn’t been any important discussions with the front office about September call-ups but he does have an idea about what type of players he wants joining the team. “Maybe a speed guy,” Maddon said. “You want an extra catcher but we have three. That’s a good number. Bullpen depth (as well).” Maddon also pointed out that players on the 40-man roster who have seen time with the Cubs already this season would be obvious choices. That would include outfielder Albert Almora Jr., infielders Jeimer Candelario, Munenori Kawasaki and Tommy La Stella. Left-handed reliever Gerardo Concepcion could be back while non 40-man roster players like right-handers Armando Rivero, Josh Collmenter, and outfielder John Andreoli would need to be added. The most important thing is having enough arms. “We can always look to augment the bullpen,” Maddon said. “In a bad game you don’t want to throw guys. Even in a good game you don’t want to throw guys you don’t want to throw.” The Cubs will use Rob Zastryzny and Felix Pena often until help arrives, and the team will be getting some arms back from the disabled list soon.


John Lackey will throw a bullpen session today and will need at least one more side session before he will be put back into the Cubs’ rotation. Lackey, on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain, could be ready by the end of the next homestand or the start of the team’s next road trip on September 5th against Milwaukee. “He’s doing well,” Joe Maddon said of Lackey. Left-hander Mike Montgomery has done well in Lackey’s spot in the rotation and he will make his third start on Wednesday against the Pirates. Reliever Hector Rondon could be ready to join the Cubs during the weekend.

Side Notes: Reliever Joe Smith (hamstring) started a minor league rehabilitation assignment Saturday for Triple-A Iowa, where he joined infielder Tommy La Stella and outfielder Chris Coghlan. Reliever Pedro Strop (left knee surgery) has made good progress and could rejoin the team within three weeks.

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