Cubs morning roundup - Tuesday


Cubs morning roundup - Tuesday

As the Cubs get set for a three-game set with the Miami (formerly Florida) Marlins, Patrick Mooney takes a look at the team's approach and personality under first-year manager Dale Sveum. These Cubs are not about headlines or drama. They're leaving that for Ozzie Guillen, Carlos Zambrano and the Marlins, instead.

WhiteSoxTalk's JJ Stankevitz and I released our MLB Power Rankings for Week 2. The Rangers and Cardinals were unanimous choices for the first two spots, begging the question: Should we just replay the 2011 World Series?

We're 10 games into the 2012 season, so we took a look at how the offense has fared so far. The starting rotation has been very good, but the Cubs are looking for more out of the back end of Chris Volstad and Paul Maholm.

Renovations on Wrigley Field has been a hot topic over the past few months and it was discussed again on CTL Monday. David Kaplan and his guests debated whether the Cubs should move a field to the suburbs or not.

Around the Web

When should the Cubs bring up Brett Jackson?'s Carrie Muskat discusses this question and others in her weekly mailbag.

The Cubs' 2011 first-round draft pick Javier Baez is getting some extending work in Arizona before he starts his season.'s Jesse Sanchez has the story.

Preview: Charlotte Knights battle Buffalo Bisons Saturday on CSN+

Preview: Charlotte Knights battle Buffalo Bisons Saturday on CSN+

CSN's coverage of the Charlotte Knights continues on Saturday night as the Knights will host the Buffalo Bisons at 6 p.m. on CSN+.

Reynaldo Lopez, MLB's No. 45 overall prospect, makes his 10th start of the season for the Knights. The 23-year-old Lopez has a 5-1 record with a 2.94 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 49 innings in 2017.

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White Sox No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada, who landed on the 7-day DL on May 18, is eligible to make his return to the Knights lineup this weekend.

It's the fourth of eight games that CSN will televise over the next two months to give fans an opportunity to watch the future of the White Sox.

Check out the rest of the television schedule here.

Northwestern kick returner Solomon Vault expected to miss entire 2017 season

Northwestern kick returner Solomon Vault expected to miss entire 2017 season

Northwestern is expected to be without kick returner and wide receiver Solomon Vault for the entirety of the upcoming 2017 season, according to a Friday report from Inside NU.

A Northwestern spokesman told the site that Vault underwent surgery for a lower-body injury and is expected to redshirt this fall.

Vault took back four kickoffs for touchdowns in his first three seasons, racking up 1,505 kick-return yards. Last season, he returned 23 kicks for 560 yards and a touchdown.

In addition to his value as a kick returner, though, Vault was also expected to play a larger role in the passing game this season. He transitioned from running back to wide receiver ahead of last season and caught 15 passes for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2016.

While the Wildcats have plenty of other options at wide receiver, it's a significant wrinkle in their challenge to replace the production of Austin Carr, last year's Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year, who is on to a pro career in the NFL.

If Vault does redshirt this season, it means he will have one year of NCAA eligibility remaining.