CHICAGO Teams

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

The black curtains are up again at the Bulls' facility this year as the front office decides which direction it wants to go.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the demotion of Kyle Schwarber: "There is no timetable."

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Denver has spoken to the Bulls about Jimmy Butler, source told ESPN. Would include multiple young players, not Nikola Jokic, and picks.

ESPN Stats & Info

Is Kyle Schwarber just unlucky?

The Cubs slugger's peripherals this season are almost identical to previous years, except that he's actually making more contact than normal. Schwarber has a .193 batting average on balls in play in 2017, dead-last among 162 qualified hitters in the majors.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs lefty Zac Rosscup was designated for assignment to make room for Mark Zagunis on the 40 man roster, per the team. Zagunis is starting tonight.

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Rizzo hopes demotion helps Schwarber (1:20)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss the demotion of Kyle Schwarber.

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Zagunis hopes to make the most of call up (1:00)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Mark Zagunis discuss getting called up to the big leagues. He'll bat ninth and play RF in his ML debut on Thursday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

OF Mark Zagunis will make his ML debut on Thursday as he'll bat ninth for the Cubs who are missing Jason Heyward (hand), Ben Zobrist (wrist) and Kyle Schwarber (minors). The 2014, 3rd round pick will play RF while Ian Happ is in left. Once again, Anthony Rizzo will bat lead off as the Cubs open a series in Miami against the Marlins. Zagunis had a .399 OBP at Triple-A.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears' annual Family Fest practice is scheduled for 4 pm ET on Saturday, August 5 at Soldier Field. This is the same practice where center Hroniss Grasu suffered a season-ending torn ACL last summer.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

In a twist, the Bears now require a ticket for entry to training camp practices in Bourbonnais. The tickets are free and accessible by signing up in advance at the club's official website.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears announced on Thursday that the club will conduct training camp from Wednesday, July 26 through Sunday, August 13 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. The first practice open to the public is on Thursday, July 27 at 12:15 pm ET.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have sent .171 hitter Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa, according to sources familiar with the situation. After months of struggles Schwarber will get a chance to find his game before returning to help the team down the stretch. The Cubs also placed Jason Heyward on the DL with a hand injury. Replacing those players will be pitcher Dylan Floro and OF Mark Zagunis. Zagunis was a 3rd round pick in 2014 and will make his ML debut when he enters a game.

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