Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 7 Months

Nate Schierholtz went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Brewers.

Schierholtz went without a home run over his first 42 games this season, but he has done deep twice in his last four games. Perhaps he's finally ready to take off. After hitting .251 with 21 home runs and .770 OPS last season, the 30-year-old has been a big disappointment for the Cubbies in 2014.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 7 Months

Nate Schierholtz singled and ripped a solo homer against his former team in Monday's win over the Giants.

It wasn't a cheapie, either, as Schierholtz put one over the deep right-center field wall. The longball was the outfielder's first of the season after he went deep a career-high 21 times last season. He's hitting just .214/.269/.292.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 8 Months

Nate Schierholtz continued his early season struggles, going 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Reds.

Schierholtz, hitting in the cleanup spot in manager Rick Renteria's lineup, also left four runners on base in the contest. He's hitting a paltry .231/.241/.288 with no homers and four RBI in his first 13 games. If the bat doesn't start to heat up soon, he could begin losing playing time to Junior Lake, Justin Ruggiano or Ryan Kalish.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 8 Months

Nate Schierholtz went 4-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored Friday against the Cardinals.

Schierholtz doubled to lead off the 11th inning against Trevor Rosenthal and came home to score on a three-run home run from Welington Castillo. With the four-hit night, the 30-year-old outfielder raised his batting average from .185 to .281. The joy of early April.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 9 Months

Nate Schierholtz singled and stole a base in four at-bats against the Angels on Tuesday.

Schierholtz, not exactly known for his speed, stole his second base of the spring. He is only hitting .238 in 42 Cactus League at-bats, but has drawn some recent trade interest. He could be wearing a new uniform by the July 31 trade deadline.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 9 Months

Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports that Tigers executive Scott Reid is scouting Cubs' OF Nate Schierholtz and INF Darwin Barney.

With shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Andy Dirks both expected to miss significant time due to injury, Detroit's decision-makers are hunting down contingency plans as we speak. Schierholtz slashed .251/.301/.470 with 21 homers and 68 RBI in his first full season with the Cubs last year. Barney is a lauded defender with experience at shortstop who won a Gold Glove at second base in 2012.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 9 Months

Nate Schierholtz went 2-for-3 with a walk, homer, two runs and two RBI as the Cubs defeated the Reds 9-0 on Saturday.

It was the first homer of Schierholtz's spring. Chicago's right fielder is deployed correctly by his employer -- 87 percent of his plate appearances against right-handed pitching last season -- and that's one of the reasons he's an interesting sleeper in NL-only formats. He slashed .251/.301/.470 with 21 homers and 68 RBI in his first full season with the Cubs last year. It might have been his last, too, as Chicago is expected to shop Schierholtz if he hits well enough for them to get a decent return back.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 10 Months

Nate Schierholtz went 2-for-3 with a double as the Cubs defeated the Athletics 6-4 on Tuesday.

Schierholtz took 87 percent of his plate appearances against right-handed pitching last season. He isn't very effective against same-handed pitching, so it seems likely the Cubs will use him the same way going forward. However, he might end up becoming a trade chip for the Cubs near the end of July.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 10 Months

Nate Schierholtz (jaw) returned to action at Cubs camp on Saturday.

Schierholtz was sent home early on Friday after a nasty collision with Junior Lake in the outfield. He'll resume full workouts, and the jaw injury isn't expected to be an issue moving forward.

Nate Schierholtz RF WAS 10 Months

Nate Schierholtz was sent home from Cubs' camp Friday after a collision in the outfield with Junior Lake.

It was considered a precautionary measure. Barring anything unforeseen, Schierholtz should be back in camp on Saturday.