Hill Up….Aardsma Down….Rusch to the Pen

According to a report in Monday morning’s Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs are expected to make some changes in the pitching staff on Monday. According to Mike Kelly the Cubs are expected to call up Rich Hill from AAA Iowa, send David Aardsma back to AAA Iowa and move Glendon Rusch to the bullpen….Rich Hill will take Rusch’s spot in the rotation and could start Thursday’s game in Arizona. The Cubs have not made an official announcement, but the announcement is expected before Monday night’s game against the Pirates.

That would be three rookies in the starting rotation….check back later for updates and feel free to discuss during the day….also, don’t forget to read the Monday morning ‘You Know Better’ Column….scroll down
Updated – 2:55pm C.T./3:22pm C.T./8:45pm C.T. Update - The Cubs have not made this announcement official as of 2:55pm C.T. and as I check the normal channels, Rich Hill is still listed on the roster page for the Iowa Cubs and Glendon Rusch has now been announced as the starting pitcher for the Cubs on Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks against former Cub, Juan Cruz. As soon as there is a formal annoucement you will be able to read about the roster moves here at the CCO and in ‘Cubs News from the Wire’. Check back for updates as they roll in.

Update - There has not been an official announcement made as of 3:22pm C.T. but Rich Hill has been replaced in the starting lineup tonight for the Iowa Cubs against the Sounds in Nashville. Les Walrond is now listed as the starting pitcher. Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 in Chicago is reporting that Hill will be called up and Aardsma sent down before Monday night’s game against the Pirates. As soon as there is a formal annoucement you will be able to read about the roster moves here at the CCO and in ‘Cubs News from the Wire’. Check back for updates as they roll in.

Update - The Cubs have made the announcement official and here is the report from Cubs.com. Rich Hill is scheduled to make the start on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.