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Cub Tracks hangs on to win

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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, steeped in writers’ tears, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

A couple of freebies in a gentle rain, an E3 (yeah, I know), a Swan drive, Jeimer’s first re-Cub Wrigley homer (second overall since re-joining Chicago), and the Cubs struck back against the inertia of the previous day.

Javier Assad tried to hold back the tide and did a creditable job. Fulmer, Palencia, Leiter, Merryweather came in. Palencia was ineffective. The rest were solid. The Cubs can play with these guys.

The Man of Steele can fetch the meatloaf today. Hey, Chicago, what do you say?

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RHP Marcus Stroman (right hip inflammation)

Expected return: Mid-August

Stroman resumed playing catch on Aug. 5, per the Cubs. The righty has been dealing with a right hip issue “for a bit now,” according to the pitcher. It lingered and gradually got worse, to where it was affecting his lower half mechanically. Stroman received a cortisone shot on Aug. 2 and began a strength and stability program. The initial plan was for him to only miss one start (he’s eligible to return Aug. 16). The Cubs have three off-days in between, so they can be flexible with their rotation in Stroman’s absence.

“When I come back for my start, I feel like I should feel really strong and stable, right where I need to be,” Stroman said. Read more >> (Last updated Aug. 5) — MLB.com.

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