Justin Grimm


SAN DIEGO — The Cubs bullpen hasn’t been as good as advertised, making manager Joe Maddon sound a little defensive at times and forcing Theo Epstein’s front office to rebuild on the fly.


By Sarah Langs

If it seems like the Cubs have won a lot of close games lately, that feeling isn’t just an illusion.


MILWAUKEE — Joe Maddon’s glass is always half full. But the Cubs manager has a point when he says this team hasn’t come close to clicking on all cylinders.


ST. LOUIS – The Cubs activated Justin Grimm, hoping the hard-throwing right-hander can stabilize their bullpen.


ST. LOUIS — The Cubs shook up their bullpen on Tuesday, adding right-hander Anthony Varvaro, bringing back lefty James Russell and still feeling like they’re not done moving pieces around.