Cubs place Ben Zobrist on DL, will undergo MRI

Cubs place Ben Zobrist on DL, will undergo MRI

Cubs manager Joe Maddon hinted at the possibility of the Cubs shutting down Ben Zobrist earlier this week.

The Cubs did just that on Friday as they placed Zobrist on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation and recalled Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Iowa.

In addition to going on the DL, Zobrist will get an MRI as he's been dealing with a sore wrist over the last few weeks.

“It’s just not getting better,” Zobrist said on Wednesday. “It’s effecting my ability to prepare, and then my ability to feel comfortable at the plate. I don’t want to put the team in that situation."

Zobrist, a three-time All-Star, is slashing .223/.321/.394 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 54 games this season.

La Stella, who was with the Cubs for 16 games before being sent down for rookie Ian Happ last month, was hitting .213 with one home run at Triple-A.

The Cubs begin a three-game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates on Friday night.

Despite hitting three home runs, Cubs done in by disastrous eighth inning

Despite hitting three home runs, Cubs done in by disastrous eighth inning

It looked like Anthony Rizzo's newfound leadoff magic was going to have the Cubs repeating Tuesday night's slugfest.

But it was the Mets who struck with big home runs, breaking a 4-all tie in the eighth inning before pouring it on against Hector Rondon and sending the Cubs to a 9-5 defeat in New York.

Rizzo and Ian Happ went back-to-back with home runs to start the game against Matt Harvey. Rizzo's long ball was his second leadoff blast in as many games after being inserted into the lineup's top spot. Happ followed up his Tuesday grand slam with this solo shot Wednesday.

Kris Bryant's second-inning fielding error allowed the Mets to get one of those runs back, but the Cubs jumped ahead 4-1 when Kyle Schwarber smashed a two-run homer in the fourth.

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But the Mets clawed back, getting to Cubs starter Mike Montgomery in the fourth with a bases loaded infield single off the bat of Steven Matz and a sacrifice fly from Juan Lagares. Two innings later, Lagares tripled in the game-tying run when his line drive went soaring past a diving Albert Almora Jr. in center field.

Then the Mets busted out their power swings. Chicago native Curtis Granderson untied the game with an eighth-inning solo shot off Carl Edwards Jr., the 300th home run of Granderson's career. Rondon couldn't clean things up for Edwards and gave up a game-breaking three-run homer to Lucas Duda, the Mets tacking on one more run on a T.J. Rivera RBI hit.

After an offensive explosion on Tuesday, when the Cubs scored 14 runs in a blowout win, the bats went silent after Harvey left the game. The Mets' bullpen allowed just four hits and no runs in five innings of work.

The Cubs and Sox made Chicago baseball history Tuesday night

The Cubs and Sox made Chicago baseball history Tuesday night

When Matt Davidson sent a 435-foot ball into the night sky, it ensured Tuesday June 13 would go down in Chicago baseball history.

Davidson's blast put the Sox up 6-1 and was the second grand slam of the night among Chicago players as Ian Happ went deep earlier in the evening to put the Cubs up big.

The last time both the Cubs and Sox hit grand slams on the same night was June 30, 2008 when Mark DeRosa went deep for the Cubs and Nick Swisher gave the Sox a big boost.

The Cubs and Sox have hit grand slams on the same night just six times since 1951, with the other outings coming in 1992, 1969, 1961 and 1951:

As an interesting note, here were the lineups on June 30, 2008:

Cubs beat Giants 9-2

1. Kosuke Fukudome - RF
2. Ryan Theriot - SS
3. Derrek Lee - 1B
4. Geovany Soto - C
5. Mark DeRosa - 3B
6. Jim Edmonds - CF
7. Matt Murton - LF
8. Ronny Cedeno - 2B
9. Ted Lilly - P

White Sox beat Indians 9-7

1. Orlando Cabrera - SS
2. Brian Anderson - CF
3. Carlos Quentin - LF
4. Jermaine Dye - RF
5. Jim Thome - DH
6. Joe Crede - 3B
7. Nick Swisher - 1B
8. Alexei Ramirez - 2B
9. Toby Hall - C
Gavin Floyd - P