Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 1 month ago

Denorfia opted out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees on Sunday and will become a free agent.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The non-roster invitee was aiming to win a reserve outfield spot for the Yankees, but a .200/.259/.320 batting line over his 27 plate appearances in spring training proved to be his undoing. The 35-year-old will see if he can find a clearer path to the majors with another organization.

Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 2 months ago

Denorfia agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While it took Denorfia until spring training to find a home, he landed in a favorable spot, as he joins an outfield competition that includes two switch-hitters and only left-handed hitters otherwise. He will work as a reserve outfielder for the Yankees if he makes the cut.

Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 10 months ago

Denorfia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

Denorfia is expected to see a major cut in playing time in the near future, and that will start Sunday following the activation of Jorge Soler (ankle). A .319 season batting average should keep the 34-year-old Denorfia in the mix as a fourth outfielder, but his utility in season-long formats will significantly diminish.

Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 10 months ago

With Jorge Soler (ankle) due back Sunday, Denorfia's days as an everyday outfielder may be numbered.

Denorfia will likely stay on the active roster and could play a lot of left field as a result, but right field belongs to Soler.

Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 10 months ago

Denorfia went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the year, four RBI and two runs in Wednesday's rout of the Indians.

The 34-year-old outfielder has been stunningly productive in a part-time role for the Cubs, as he's hitting a ridiculous .396, but it'd been mostly singles until Wednesday. He started against righty Shawn Marcum in this one, possibly indicating an increased short-term role while Jorge Soler (ankle) remains out.

Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 11 months ago

Denorfia is out of Thursday's lineup against the Reds.

Denorfia will get the day off Thursday following three straight starts between left and right field after his activation off the disabled list. Junior Lake will slot in right field, while Chris Coghlan is in left.

Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 11 months ago

Denorfia will start in right field Sunday against the Nationals.

Denorfia was reinstated from the disabled list Sunday morning, and manager Joe Maddon will waste no time getting him into the starting lineup. Junior Lake, who has made five straight starts (5-for-19 over that span) will take a seat to make room in the lineup. Denorfia is a likely candidate to take reps away from Lake in the short term, or at least until Jorge Soler (ankle) returns from the disabled list.

Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 11 months ago

Denorfia (hamstring) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Denorfia hasn't been available to the Cubs since early-May, but will will now have a chance to compete for regular playing time. With Jorge Soler (ankle) expected to miss approximately three weeks, the right-handed Denorfia should challenge Junior Lake for reps in right field. Prior to suffering the injury, Denorfia had been 9-for-21 at the plate with a double and an RBI.

Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 11 months ago

Denorfia (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee on Thursday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

Denorfia is ready to resume playing after recovering from his hamstring injury. It's not clear how many rehab games he will need before returning to the big club, but expect him to resume his role as a reserve outfielder when he does.

Chris Denorfia LF/RF/DH CHC 11 months ago

Denorfia (hamstring) remains sidelined but is getting closer to returning to action, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

The update on Denorfia's status from manager Joe Maddon was rather vague, but it would seem he is making progress with his hamstring. While Denorfia is moving in the right direction, a target date for his return remains uncertain.