• Infielder Tommy La Stella will be sidelined for more than a month with a strained right oblique. La Stella, who was on the disabled list with right-rib-cage inflammation, had begun a rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee. He aggravated his side in his third game with the Smokies and went to Chicago to be examined.
• Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and television broadcaster Len Kasper will combine music and baseball at Wrigleyville's Metro on July 9 for the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. The fundraiser, which benefits Epstein's Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), will feature ensemble performances by a special headliner to be named later and noted rockers from Chicago and Boston. The lineup includes Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins), John Stirratt (Wilco), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Jennifer Hall, Matt Spiegel and Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Freda Love Smith (The Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Jake Smith (Mysteries of Life), Gerald Dowd, Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould) and more. Epstein, Kasper and Peter Gammons will also perform with the bands. WXRT's Lin Brehmer, actor Joel Murray and actor/comedian Mike O'Malley will serve as the evening's emcees.
Tickets go on sale Friday at 12 p.m. CT. General admission tickets are $75, and there will be no service fees for cash purchases. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.metrochicago.com or in person at the Metro Box Office located at 3730 N. Clark Street in Chicago. VIP tickets also will be available at www.ftbnl.org.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.