Matt Garza has been out since July 21st with an arm injury and his plans to start on Tuesday have been derailed, as he will head back to Chicago for further evaluation.
Darwin Barney has been a revelation in the field for the Cubs this year and his defensive ability earned him a franchise record.
The Cubs and Dodgers battled back and forth in a seesaw affair Sunday in L.A., but a Hanley Ramirez RBI single sealed the victory for the Dodgers in the series finale.
The Cubs traded Jeff Baker to the Tigers Sunday and without him and Reed Johnson in the clubhouse, there is a definite leadership void. Will Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro step up?
The Cubs are facing the Dodgers in the final series of the three-game matchup in Los Angeles. Can they pull out a win before heading to San Diego?
Before Sunday's finale against the Dodgers, CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney announced the Cubs have promoted Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters. Both are expected to be in Los Angeles today.
Chris Volstad pitched arguably his best game of the season for the Cubs, but couldn't snap his winless streak, dating back to July 10, 2011. The Cubs will let Volstad finish out the season in the rotation to see if he belongs.
Ted Lilly was made out to be a main figure in the saga with his former Cubs teammate Ryan Dempster, but in reality Lilly did his best to stay out of the situation.
The Cubs had no answer to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw as they managed only three hits, falling to Los Angeles 3-1. Chris Volstad picked up the loss, dropping to 0-8 on the season.
Matt Garza felt much better after throwing a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium on Saturday and there's no doubt in his mind that he will be able to make his start against the Padres on Tuesday.