Here's the latest from around the web:
From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- After what he described as "a great experience", Kyle Schwarber is on his way to Triple-A Iowa to continue developing his skills for his next time back with the big club.
- After this past weekend's series against the Twins, Tony Andracki writes that it looks like it's time to feel bad for teams that have to face Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta in the same series.
- Joe Maddon spoke about his new "Iron Horse" Chris Coghlan, praising his utility and versatility.
- Joe Maddon on Anthony Rizzo: "The guy's got to be on the All-Star team. Let him play shortstop, I don't care."
- Phil Rogers writes about Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, part of a massive wave of young hitters that have invaded baseball this season.
- Neil Ramirez is getting closer to a return with the big club; his next stop is expected to be today at Iowa.
From ESPN Chicago:
- In a series of "questions facing the Cubs with more than one right answer" -- at least according to Jesse Rogers -- Jesse tackles this question as his opener: Should Kyle Schwarber have stayed with the big club or been sent to to Iowa?
From CBS Chicago:
- This week's "Behind the Plate" focuses on Cubs Authentics, the Cubs' game-used memorabilia program that started in 2012 with all proceeds going to Cubs Charities.
- Mark Grote's Cubs Observations for the week include discussions on Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell, and... Betty Crocker.
From the Chicago Tribune:
- Joe Maddon relishes challenges like the one the Cubs have with their next seven games coming against the Dodgers and the Cardinals.
- Anthony Rizzo knows and understands that players deserving to go to the All-Star game sometimes get snubbed.
- One reason that Joe Maddon was comfortable with allowing Jake Arrieta to throw 122 pitches in his shutout on Sunday: Arrieta's "one of the most well-conditioned guys we have on this team."
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Gordon Wittenmyer writes that the upcoming series with the Dodgers will be a showdown of what looks to be a historically deep rookie class.
- Anthony Rizzo was one of several Chicago athletes that took to social media to wish their dads a happy Father's Day.
- Ever wanted to see Jon Lester in a cowboy hat? Well, Cub Tracks delivers.
- [VIDEO] Dexter Fowler hit a grand slam on Sunday... and his daughter Naya approves.
From the Daily Herald:
- Connor McKnight writes a piece for the fans who might be upset about Kyle Schwarber's departure from the big club, saying that it might be best to think of this past week as Schwarber's reward.
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello is looking for the Cubs to make a strong push over the next few weeks, both internally and externally, to bolster the roster for a stretch run.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Right-handed starter Duane Underwood joined the MLB Pipeline Top 100 Prospects list. He is 6-2 with a 1.85 ERA in 11 starts for High-A Myrtle Beach.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- Jed Hoyer spoke last Thursday with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio.
- In the market for a luxury home? You could buy former Cubs reliever Bob Howry's house in the Phoenix area -- a "veritable steal," says this Phoenix Business Journals article on the home.
Today's food for thought:
- Researchers are working on a process that would allow for a much easier process for recycling rare Earth metals from magnets.
- And one place where those magnets are used is in one of the most advanced bionic hand replacements currently in existence.