Cubs Talk

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Jeff Baker injured his wrist diving for a ground ball Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates, but said it's nothing that will keep him off the field.

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After a busy trade deadline that saw them trade two starters, their catcher and platoon outfielder, the Cubs have begun to audition for 2013. That could include Triple-A prospect Brett Jackson.

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An elbow injury to Matt Garza at the trade deadline halted talks of the right-hander being dealt, and it's still a mystery what his long-term future is with the Cubs.

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The Pirates' offense exploded for five runs in the eighth inning to help them to an 8-4 win over the Cubs in Wednesday afternoon's series finale.

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Theo Epstein said Wednesday that Ryan Dempster does not deserve any criticism for using his 10-and-5 rights to block a trade that would have sent him to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Randall Delgado.

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The Cubs announced Wednesday the team has optioned Casey Coleman to Triple-A Iowa and recalled fellow right-handed pitchers Alberto Cabrera and Chris Volstad.

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The Cubs will face the Pirates in their final matchup of the three-game series today at Wrigley Field. After struggling to get a hit on Tuesday, the North Siders are battling to win the series.

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The Cubs made three trades from Monday night to Tuesday afternoon, none of which were blockbusters. But the rebuild is on either way as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer work towards the future.

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There were definite discussions on Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano at the trade deadline, but the two veterans are sticking with the Cubs for now.

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Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, manager Dale Sveum and Ryan Dempster comment on the deal that sent the veteran starter to the Texas Rangers just before the deadline Tuesday.

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