• Reliever Daniel Bard, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 4, will probably not appear in a game before the end of the season.
The 28-year-old was 10-19 with a 3.67 ERA in 211 appearances (10 starts) with the Red Sox from 2009-13. Boston attempted to convert him to a starter before the 2012 season, but the right-hander struggled and spent most of the past two seasons in the Minor Leagues. He also suffered an abdominal strain that sidelined him for much of last season.
"I don't think we'll see him in the last nine games," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He's still in the process of throwing his side sessions and getting a feel for pitching and getting completely healthy and getting built up to see what happens going into Spring Training."
• Going into Friday, Welington Castillo led all Major League catchers with a 2.8 defensive WAR for the season.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo went into Friday's game leading all Major League first basemen with a 0.5 defensive WAR.
Second baseman Darwin Barney went into Friday's game with the second-highest defensive WAR among National League second basemen (1.4) and his .993 fielding percentage was the best among NL second basemen.
• Entering Friday, outfielder Junior Lake led all Major League rookies with 66 hits since the All-Star break.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.