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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Cubs now have a 6-man rotation

By Bruce Levine

Jeff Samardzija
Jeff Samardzija now looks to be a part of the Cubs' rotation.
The Cubs are definitely in the middle of a six-man rotation, with Jeff Samardzija being added to the mix on Tuesday.

Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will throw a simulated game Friday. After that interim manager Mike Quade expects him to return to the rotation.

“Probably [next] Wednesday against San Francisco is where he’ll fit in,” Quade said.

Carlos Zambrano will pitch the finale of a three-game set with St. Louis on Wednesday. After an off day, Ryan Dempster will open the Florida series followed by Casey Coleman and Samardzija. All of that said, it’s yet to be determined where Carlos Silva will fit in after he recovers from elbow tendonitis.

Silva said he’d like to pitch again in 2010. However, he must wait at least a week for medication to work on his tender elbow.

“I hope [to pitch],” Silva said. “I don’t know what their plan is. They haven’t said anything to me yet. Hopefully I’ll be back this year.”

Quade keeping focused


With all the information about the Cubs’ manager opening being a daily topic, Quade is trying to stay focused on his team and winning baseball games.
“I’m interested in winning every game,” Quade said. “I’m a big believer that you play well and make the opposition be as good as it can be. I’ve been pretty happy with the way these guys have gone about their business the last couple weeks.”