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The latest episode of our long-running series of #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB news. This one came up a little bit short but showed plenty of grit.

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Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, featuring material from current beat writers, bloggers, and the occasional in-house habitué, moonlighting. These pieces center around #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball. We try to distill the zeitgeist into easily digestible chunks, which we then marinate in Malört for that true Chicago flavor.

There are worse things than a muggy Saturday in St Louis. If you have some time, I’ll think of something. The Cubs and Cardinals played baseball there Saturday. Miles Mikolas bored the Cubs’ bats to death but a Rafael Ortega home run made things interesting for an inning.

Adrian Sampson was again effective and has probably moved into the 4 or 5 spot in the rotation (so went David Ross’ postgame comments). Unfortunately Mark Leiter Jr. had a regular day and Rowan Wick continued his inconsistent ways.

The two teams will vie once again today, with the meatloaf at stake.

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RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder inflammation)

Expected return: July

Stroman logged around 40 pitches in a “normal bullpen” June 25, per pitching coach Tommy Hottovy. The right-hander tested his full repertoire. Hottovy said the next step could be facing live batters in the upcoming week, but the Cubs will monitor Stroman’s progress in the coming days to see if another bullpen session is the preferred route.

Stroman said last week that his shoulder issues flared up in the wake of his five-inning start May 19, following nearly two weeks on the IL due to COVID. He posted a 5.57 ERA in four starts (21 innings) before being placed back on the IL on June 10 (retroactive to June 7). — Jordan Bastian.

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