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Check out Matt Szczur’s painting for Tom Ricketts


Padres outfielder Matt Szczur spent the first three-plus seasons of his major league career with the Cubs, winning the World Series with them in 2016. The club traded him to the Padres in May last year.

Szczur apparently has a gift for painting and put brush to canvas for Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. Check out this masterpiece, via MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat:

That’s a pretty cool gift. One I’m sure Cubs fans wish they could also get their hands on.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.