Chicago Cubs Roster
- NL Central
- Wrigley Field
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (thumb) is back in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He has missed each of the last three games due to right thumb soreness. It sounds like Baez is feeling good enough to get back into the lineup here. He'll bat third and play shortstop against the Cards on Friday. Fantasy managers can feel comfortable plugging Baez back into their lineups.
Chicago Cubs catcher P.J. Higgins (forearm) has been placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday. He was serving as the backup catcher, but really struggled at the plate during his stint on the big league roster. Jose Lobaton has been recalled from Triple-A to take over as the backup for Willson Contreras. The veteran catcher will likely produce better offense than Higgins, but won't do enough to warrant rostering in fantasy formats.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kohl Stewart will make the start against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. He will take the spot of Kyle Hendricks who is getting his start pushed back to Saturday. Stewart holds a 3.12 ERA and 7/3 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings in two starts with Chicago. He won't be a reliable streaming option or DFS choice for Friday's slate. He can be avoided in most fantasy formats going forward.
Chicago Cubs shortstop Sergio Alcantara went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's victory versus the San Diego Padres. The home run was his first of the season. Alcantara has started the last three games at shortstop for the Cubs with shortstop Javier Baez (thumb) sidelined. Despite the nice performance on Wednesday, Alcantara will lose his playing time when Baez returns and he can remain on the waiver wire.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson continues to see the ball well and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's victory versus the San Diego Padres. Pederson crushed a solo home run off of Yu Darvish in the top of the fourth inning and that would tie the game at 1-1 at the time. Pederson had a rocky April and spent some time on the injured list with a wrist injury, but he has been very productive since his return in early May. The slugger is now hitting .238 with seven home runs and 22 RBI. Pederson remains a solid source of power for managers that could deal with the dip in batting average.