3/24 Rusin’s good day

Chris Rusin secured his spot as next in line if the Cubs need another starter. The lefty gave up two hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings on Sunday against the Indians. In five spring games, he’s given up five earned runs on 18 hits over 23 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.

Rusin was being considered for the Cubs bullpen but was told he’s more valuable as a starter. He’ll be in Triple-A Iowa’s rotation this year.

“I’ll go down and work on all the stuff I need to work on and be ready for when they call on me,” Rusin said.

It helped him that his was his second big league Spring Training camp. When he walked into the clubhouse, he felt comfortable from Day One.

“This year, I obviously had a couple more starts than last year,” he said. “Getting my feet wet last year was a big help. If this was my first Spring Training, I probably wouldn’t be this way. Since I had experience last year, I knew what to expect. I’ve got to keep throwing strikes.”

– Carrie Muskat

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