“It’s hard to get him off the field, man,” Maddon said. “The way the defense is playing it’s hard to envision that on a consistent basis without him.”
“We’ve just got to be able to pick each other up,” Schwarber said after a 2-1, 11-inning loss. “We’re pretty confident in the staff that we’ve got.”
Chatwood allows 3 more walks and 3 runs in just two innings. Now the Cubs hang their hopes on Montgomery’s healing powers so he can start next week.
Morrow expects to pitch through “achiness” from a lingering stress-reaction bone bruise but felt mechanically sound, strong Saturday in a pen session.
The back-to-back 1-0 wins over the Pirates are the first for the Cubs since 1973. Hamels (3-0) has a 0.72 ERA for the Cubs since last month’s trade.
Montgomery, the rotation’s best performer (3.08 ERA) since replacing the injured Darvish in May, went on the 10-day DL with shoulder inflammation.
The Cubs’ All-Star ace had an 8.65 ERA in his previous seven starts before striking out eight in six scoreless innings without a walk Thursday.
Manager Joe Maddon said he expects Bryant to return from his shoulder injury by the end of the month. His next step is taking BP in the next few days.
Manager Joe Maddon said he expects no more than three rehab starts before Darvish (elbow) rejoins the Cubs’ rotation for the first time since May.
The mere suggestion of swapping home plate umps for electronic eyes got Zobrist ejected. Maddon cautions of unintended consequences of the technology.
Kyle Hendricks had swing-and-miss stuff, and Anthony Rizzo opened a big offensive day with a two-run homer in the first, just ahead of a road trip.
Morrow, who hasn’t pitched since the All-Star break because of biceps soreness, expects to return in time to help the team close out a playoff berth.
With a 7-0 loss Tuesday to the Brewers, the Cubs are just 13-12 since the All-Star break and have been outscored 128-100 in that stretch.
Cubs president Epstein says Darvish looks like he’s on a “mission” to help down the stretch, and his next step might be a rehab assignment.
Could Alex Rodriguez be a key factor for the Cubs down the stretch? It might depend on how that drink with manager Joe Maddon goes.