Cubs News and Notes: Rizzo, Pederson show off power in tie, Lester to have surgery, more


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Best wishes to Lester on his procedure
Best wishes to Lester on his procedure

Hello, Cubs fans out there! I hope everyone is having a great day.

Check out the latest news, photos, and tidbits from spring training with the Cubbies with our latest edition of Cubs News and Notes.

We will try to have this feature several times a week, so everyone gets a summary of what is happening regularly at Cubs camp.

Let's get right all the Cubs notes!

First off, it was announced that former Cubs pitcher Jon Lester will have a thyroid gland removed that has been troubling him.

He should be back before Opening Day and David Ross had the following reaction on hearing the news from his buddy.

“All the best to Jon. We’ll say a prayer for him. He’s not worried, so that makes me not worried.”

The Cubs and the Mariners had a high-scoring affair contest that ended in a tie 8-8 on Wednesday afternoon.

Check out some of the highlights from the contest shown on ESPN.

Anthony Rizzo had one of the longest homers ever at Sloan Park:

Cubs veteran outfielder Jason Heyward accidentally says a bad word on live TV:

Javy Baez was being interviewed by ESPN when the Mariners made a great play in the outfield robbing Rizzo:

The Cubs first spring training homer goes to newcomer Joc Pederson:

The Cubs are signing veteran infielder Eric Sogard to a minor league deal on Wednesday, pending a physical:

Cubs reliever Dillon Maples has changed up his delivery on the mound:

In case you missed it, veteran reliever Pedro Strop is back with the Cubs and very happy about it:

A few pics from Thursday's game:

Five years ago, Munenori Kawasaki brought the house down with this romantic ballad:

More flashback moments with comedian Will Ferrell at Cubs camp five years ago:

The Cubs were on hand to watch batting practice from veteran slugger Yoenis Cespedes recently:

Cute video of Kris Bryant and his young son Kyler walking around the facilities at Sloan Park:

Grandpa Rossy still knows how to throw the baseball around a little:

The Triple-A including the Iowa Cubs will be delayed a month while more vaccines get administered throughout the country:

Best wishes to Yankees manager Aaron Boone as he is having a procedure to put in a pacemaker.

“The thoughts of the entire organization are with Aaron and his family as he undergoes this procedure and takes the time he needs to properly heal,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “Aaron leads our players, coaches and staff with a rare combination of work ethic, intelligence and a genuine concern for others. Our only priority at this time is Aaron’s health and well-being, and we will support him in every way throughout his recovery.”

Wrigleyville is getting a Cane's, which is mostly chicken fingers and fries. It's gonna pretty delicious!

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