#Cubs tweak rotation; Sunday is “staff day”
Dan Haren will start Saturday for the Cubs against the Phillies, and Jason Hammel and Jon Lester will go on Tuesday in a doubleheader against the Pirates. But who starts Sunday in the series finale against the Phillies is still to be determined.
Thursday’s postponed game prompted the Cubs to tweak the rotation. Manager Joe Maddon is calling Sunday a “staff day” and said the candidates include Travis Wood, Clayton Richard, Trevor Cahill and Carl Edwards. Then it’s all hands on deck.
“[The Phillies] have a lot of balance in their lineup so it’s not like you want to start a righty or lefty,” Maddon said. “I want to see how we play it through and who’s available Sunday and match it up.”
Jake Arrieta, who was scheduled to go Thursday, started on Friday in the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies. The forecast was bleak, and Maddon said he did consider starting a reliever if they felt the game might be interrupted.
The Cubs have yet to announce which game Lester and Hammel will start on Tuesday against the Pirates in the day-night doubleheader at PNC Park.
— Carrie Muskat