Cubs News and Notes: Jon Lester surgery update, Miller impressive, Jeffress released, more
|Sunday, March 7, 2021, 11:55 AM- -|
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Check out the latest news, photos, and tidbits from spring training with the Cubbies with our latest edition of Cubs News and Notes.
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Former Cubs pitcher Jon Lester had successful thyroid gland surgery on Friday and will be rejoining the team.
"He said he feels great," Nationals manager Dave Martinez told the media Sunday. Now it’s just a healing process."
Great news for one of the favorite all-timers with the Cubbies!
After undergoing thyroid gland removal surgery on Friday in New York, Jon Lester is flying back to Florida today. He will rejoin the Nationals after an intake test. "He said he feels great. Now it’s just a healing process," Dave Martinez said.— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) March 7, 2021
Veteran infielder Eric Sogard took some live batting as he gets ramped up in spring training:
Sogard told team he’s ready to start playing. Live BP today. Ross expects first game early next week. pic.twitter.com/5IW639EYhy— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) March 6, 2021
Cubs reliever Ryan Tepera is back at camp and getting some good work in:
Veteran Pedro Strop got in some work too:
All smiles before Saturday's win against the Brew Crew:
Play ball! ?? pic.twitter.com/IzY24eeqq6— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 6, 2021
Out here grindin’ ?? pic.twitter.com/FUZwnz28Y1— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) March 7, 2021
Veteran pitcher Shelby Miller looked great in his start:
Shelby Miller with two punchouts in the 1st. pic.twitter.com/YJtEwzfQSe— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) March 6, 2021
Newcomer Joc Pederson continues to impress as he hits his second homer of spring:
Joc with a BLAST to left center! pic.twitter.com/kHbaQ3Nf5k— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) March 6, 2021
A few pictures of his homer:
The Cubs bullpen was on fire recording 10 straight strikeouts to end the game:
The Cubs won 3-1 on Saturday as their record after Saturday was 4-1-1 during spring:
Nico Hoerner talks about his upcoming 2021 season:
“Coming off of last year especially, I think the attitude more than ever is just controlling what you can, especially with just how chaotic structure has been in all parts of life, and just kind of enjoying where you’re at."
New Cubs announcer Jon Scambi is preparing for chilly weather in Chicago:
Sorta shocking news as former Cubs reliever Jeremy Jeffress has been released by the Nationals. He recently signed a minor-league deal with the ballclub, and Dave Martinez had said that he was pitching impressively.
"He looks great," Martinez told the media last week. "I watched him throw...the ball was coming out really nice."
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told the media today, “He was released for personnel reasons.”
Could the Cubs offer him a similar deal, or do they have way too many arms already?
Can confirm reliever Jeremy Jeffress was released by the Nationals— Maria Torres (@maria_torres3) March 7, 2021
A few aerial shots of beautiful Wrigley Field to check out:
I know most Cubs fans miss this guy:
Who did you fashion your batting stance after? pic.twitter.com/cthGA2iZAZ— Iowa Cubs (@IowaCubs) March 7, 2021
34 years ago this weekend, Andre Dawson signed his one-year deal with the Cubs:
*Sorry, Expos fans.*#OTD 34 years ago, Andre Dawson makes his departure from the Montreal Expos official when he signs an under market value, one-year, $500,000 contract with the Chicago Cubs.— Kevin Glew (@coopincanada) March 6, 2021
The deal also includes performance bonuses.#Expos pic.twitter.com/mBHuyrB7R6