Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 1 month ago

Victorino (calf) re-signed with the Cubs on Tuesday on a minor league deal, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Victorino had been released earlier in the day, but he was able to work out a new agreement to stay with the club. The 35-year-old is dealing with a calf injury that will sideline him for the beginning of the season, but he figures to head to Triple-A Iowa once he returns to full healthy.

Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 1 month ago

Victorino (calf) was released by the Cubs on Tuesday, but the team does hope to re-sign him, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Cubs want Victorino to continue rehabbing at extended spring training once the season begins. He may be looking at opportunities with other organizations, but regardless of where he ends up, Victorino won't be ready for games within the first few weeks of the season. Should he stay with the Cubs, he'll likely end up at Triple-A Iowa once/if he gets healthy.

Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 1 month ago

Victorino (calf) will stay in extended spring training, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

A recent MRI showed a strain in his left calf. At this point Victorino is just trying to get into shape so he can continue his career. There's no guarantee the Cubs will be his employer in 2016 at this point.

Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 1 month ago

Victorino (calf) will not be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, Joe Maddon told Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Victorino is a non-roster invite, so the Cubs won't open a 40-man roster spot just to put him on the disabled list once the season starts. Maddon said the Cubs are working on "alternative plans" to fit him into the roster right now, so it's still possible Victorino could find his way to the North Side at some point this season.

Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 1 month ago

Victorino (calf) is "not that close to playing," the Cubs' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Victorino has been out of action for a couple of weeks and does not look like he's going to make the team at this rate. He's a non-roster invitee, so it's doubtful the Cubs will add him to the 40-man roster just to put him on the DL.

Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 2 months ago

Victorino remains slowed by a calf injury, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

There was some hope Victorino could play this weekend, but he's out of the lineup Saturday and a Sunday return is sounding iffy. A non-roster invitee to spring training, his chances of breaking camp as a reserve outfielder are diminishing by the day.

Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 2 months ago

Victorino (calf) is expected to play by this weekend, the Cubs' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

While Victorino is a recognizable name, the crowded outfield and his lack of playing time this spring may make it difficult for him to make the team out of camp. He's not currently on the 40-man roster either, so he really needs to get on the field soon if he has anything left in the tank.

Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 2 months ago

Victorino (calf) will not play in Monday's spring game, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Victorino hoped to play Monday and was even listed in the Cubs' initial lineup, but the team decided to give him one more day to recover, so he will now look to get back on the field Tuesday.

Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 2 months ago

Victorino (calf) hopes to DH in Monday's game, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He thinks the calf tightness was a result of trying to run without orthotics in his shoes. Whatever the case, it sounds like Victorinio is nearing a return to game action, although the calf is obviously still bothering him a little if he is planning on getting in the lineup at DH. Victorino's desire to be a part of this special Cubs team is understandable, but it's hard to see him seeing much of a role given the depth in front of him on the organizational depth chart.

Shane Victorino LF/RF LAA 2 months ago

Victorino was scratched from Friday's game with left calf soreness, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Victorino is currently transitioning back to switch hitting and is so far 2-for-10 with a walk and no extra base hits. Assuming the soreness is minor, the 35-year-old could play in one the team's split-squad games Saturday.