The proposed modernization of historic Wrigley Field overcame an important hurdle Thursday when the Chicago Cubs and the city reached an agreement allowing the team to build a first-ever electronic Jumbotron and another sign above the ivy-covered outfield walls.
The city’s landmarks commission unanimously voted to approve the deal, overcoming opposition from the local alderman and the owners of rooftop businesses who fear their negotiated views of the field will be obstructed.
The matter now goes to the City Council.
The landmarks commission’s approval was needed because it must sign off on any changes to historic structures.
The deal would allow the Cubs to erect a 5,700-square-foot Jumbotron in left field of the 99-year-old ball park and a 650-square-foot sign in right field.
Rangers put Darvish on 15-day DL
The Texas Rangers are confident pitcher Yu Darvish won’t be sidelined for long with a strained upper back. Darvish was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, retroactive to July 7.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Darivsh was examined by the team orthopedist, Dr. Keith Meister. According to Levine, Meister said the injury “was probably just a little bit of arm fatigue.”
Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore replaced him on the AL All-Star roster.
Texas optioned right-hander Josh Lindblom to Triple-A Round Rock and recalled pitchers Joseph Ortiz and Wilmer Font from Round Rock.
Around the leagues
The Cincinnati Reds put catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left wrist and called up catcher Corky Miller from Triple-A Louisville. … Kansas City brought up Donnie Joseph to take the roster spot of right-hander Wade Davis, who was put on the paternity leave list Thursday. … Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez was recalled by the Seattle Mariners, who optioned right-handed reliever Carter Capps to Triple-A Tacoma … The Chicago Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden’s contract from Triple-A Iowa and optioned left-hander Brooks Raley to Iowa. … The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled left-hander Eury De La Rosa from Triple-A Reno and optioned left-hander Tyler Skaggs to Single-A Visalia. … Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello had his suspension reduced to five games.