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2017 Schedule
39-39, 2nd in NL Cent
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon dismiss any sense of the Cubs feeling sorry for themselves due to injuries piling up. Kris Bryant left Wednesday's game with an ankle sprain joining a long list of walking wounded.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey discuss his outing on Wednesday where he gave up 8 runs as well as losing catcher Miguel Montero who the Cubs DFA'd.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist (wrist) will join Double-A Tennessee for a rehab stint tomorrow.,

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Strasburg, Nats bats power past Cubs 8-4

Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in seven innings, Bryce Harper had two doubles and two RBI, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday night.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Mild to moderate ankle sprain for Kris Bryant. Cubs unsure about a DL stint.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost 8-4 to the Nationals on Wednesday and perhaps lost MVP Kris Bryant to an ankle injury as well. Bryant stepped awkwardly on third base after catching a pop up and limped off the field while putting little weight on his right foot. The team did not provide an update during the game. Meanwhile, John Lackey gave up 3 HR's to take over the ML lead in that category as he gave up nine hits and eight runs overall. Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 giving up a Willson Contreras 2 run home run but not much else. The Cubs are .500 again at 39-39.

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Ramirez turns the table on Beltre (0:25)
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Bryant rolls ankle and leaves game (0:24)
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Rendon, Wieters hit back-to-back HRs in 2nd (0:39)
AP Photo/Nick Wass
3hJesse Rogers

Bryant sprains ankle after awkward step on bag

Cubs star Kris Bryant suffered a sprained right ankle while stepping awkwardly on the third-base bag on Wednesday night. He could need a stint on the 10-day disabled list.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant left Wednesday's game, with the help of trainers, limping badly after stepping on third base awkwardly after catching a pop up. It appeared he twisted his right ankle after coming down on the side of the bag.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After giving up back to back home runs to the Nationals in the second inning, John Lackey moved into a tie for most HR's given up in baseball this year. No.'s 22 and 23 came from Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters.

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Fair to punish Montero for being honest? (1:19)
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Arrieta: 'Not upset or mad' at Montero (1:36)
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Montero 'caught in moment' when criticizing Arrieta (1:11)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said a deciding factor in designating Miguel Montero for assignment was the youth in the clubhouse. He didn't think it set a good example to other players despite Jake Arrieta's insistence that he and Montero were ok.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the situation with Miguel Montero.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Sad news about former Mets, Cubs and Astros pitcher Anthony Young passing away at 51. He's remembered for losing a record 27 consecutive decisions -- let's see that get broken -- but was a better pitcher than his W-L record indicates. His career adjusted ERA was 100 -- exactly league average.

Elias Stein
3dESPN.com

Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

With the world champs sniping at each other in the media -- and with a record barely above .500 -- are things falling apart in Wrigleyville? Vote now.

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Montero: I knew I did something wrong

Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero discusses the post-game comments he made Tuesday night in Washington, which led to him being designated for assignment on Wednesday morning.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
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MLBRank Top 100: No. 43 Jon Lester

As good as Jon Lester is on any given day, he's been even better in the postseason as a part of three World Series champions.

Stats & Info

Numbers don't lie with Miguel Montero

Montero blamed Jake Arrieta for the seven stolen bases the Cubs allowed Tuesday, but catching runners has been a problem for the catcher all season regardless of pitcher. The Cubs are expected to designate Montero for assignment on Wednesday.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Last season, Miguel Montero ranked third in getting extra strikes for pitchers. This season: 44th out of 66 catchers. According to Statcast, Montero averaged a 2.12-second "pop time" on throws to second base this season, tied for the slowest among 52 catchers to make at least five throws. The major league average is 2.00 seconds, and the Cubs' Willson Contreras is averaging 1.93 seconds (eight-best).

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs35616th
Batting Average.23929th
On Base Percentage.32616th
Slugging Percentage.41818th
Earned Run Average3.987th
Quality Starts31Tied-22nd
WHIP1.289th
BAA.2395th

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