Chicago Cubs News: Jake Arrieta sharp in loss; injuries a lingering concern

The Chicago Cubs dropped a decision to the San Francisco Giants, despite a strong start from Jake Arrieta. Injuries, meanwhile, remain a big concern.

Despite a middle-innings rally, the Chicago Cubs fell once again – this time to the San Francisco Giants. The visitors scored five times in the ninth, courtesy of three homers, two of which came from former Cubs.

Prior to the rally, Chesny Young cranked a two-run shot to lead the offense. Right-hander Jake Arrieta struck out seven over four innings. He settled into a nice rhythm following a two-run first, but also allowed a third run via wild pitch. Last season, he led all National League hurlers with 16 wild pitches.

Roster cuts abound across the big leagues this week and the Cubs are no exception. Most notably, yesterday the team cut infielder Munenori Kawasaki, who could return to the team on a minor-league deal if he doesn’t catch on elsewhere.

As Ben Zobrist works back into the swing of things, shortstop Addison Russell remains sidelined and, at this point, he’s hoping to just avoid the disabled list. The young infielder is a key part of the Chicago infield, but expect Javier Baez to step up should he suffer an extended absence.

Baez joins a group of other Cubs players who could break out and make an All-Star name for themselves this year. The club’s depth stretches far beyond the household names – and their contributions will loom large in 2017.

In the bullpen, Wade Davis‘ struggles are of little concern for manager Joe Maddon. The two are now reunited in Chicago, after pairing up in Tampa Bay earlier in their respective careers.