#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


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Last night on the MLB Network, the on-air talent, which included Pedro Martinez, commented about Rodney`s struggles in Friday`s Game 2. Pedro claims that he looked at film of Rodney in the past when he pitched `lights out,` and contrasted it to Rodney`s approach these days. Pedro insists he sees a `flaw` in Rodney`s delivery these days which was not there when the pitcher enjoyed success. Pedro even demonstrated what he observed from a pitching mound on the MLB Network`s set. I suggest the Cubs` coaches and Rodney himself may want to look at tape of that segment last night. It can`t hurt, and could solve Rodney`s current issues. Pedro Martinez, I suggest, should not be taken lightly. He was one of the best pitchers in the game, and knows the craft very well.

Did not see that segment jhosk, I am sure if Rodney or Bosio hear about it, they will take corrective action. Nice input.

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