Davis and Wellemeyer Make 2011 Debuts

Pitchers Doug Davis and Todd Wellemeyer made their 2011 debuts down on the farm Thursday … and it appears Doug Davis could be very close to making his first start in a Cubs’ uniform.

Doug Davis started for the Daytona Cubs (High Low Class-A) and picked up a win for the 20-8 D-Cubs (5-0 victory over the Tampa Yankees). Davis tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowed two hits, walked a pair and struck out seven. Davis sat down the first 12 hitters he faced with six of his strikeouts coming in the first four innings … the veteran southpaw struck out the side in the fourth.

According to a report from the Sun-Times, Doug Davis could return to the big leagues when the Cubs face the Giants on May 14 at Wrigley.

Doug Davis is slated to make his next start with the I-Cubs in the coming week. If all goes well for Davis in Triple-A, he could be added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster (currently stands at 39 players) shortly after and make his Cubs’ debut on May 14 … the next time the Cubs need a fifth starter.

Davis chose the Cubs over eight other teams and will make a base salary of $900,000 if added to the big league roster. Davis can opt out of the contract he signed with the Cubs last month if he’s not in the majors by May 30.

Doug Davis is 3-3 in seven career starts at Wrigley with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP … six home runs allowed in 45 1/3 innings. Against the Giants, Davis owns a 5-8 career record with a 4.72 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP in 20 games, 19 starts.

Todd Wellemeyer struggled in his debut with the Iowa Cubs and took the loss Thursday. Wellemeyer allowed four runs on eight hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Wellemeyer threw 74 pitches, 43 for strikes, in the 9-2 loss to the Round Rock Express.

Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner departed for Mesa when their teammates left for Chicago after Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers. Wells and Cashner will continue their rehab at the Cubs’ facility at Fitch Park. Both pitchers are expected to go on minor league rehab assignments once their conditioning work is complete in the next week or two. According to a report from the Sun-Times, that would put a return for either Wells or Cashner at least three weeks away.

The Cubs have not set a timetable on when Randy Wells or Andrew Cashner will return to the big league rotation.

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  • paulcatanese

    Doug Davis is left handed right? If he can handle it with the Cubs it could be a valuable addition. As a starter he will fit in nicely to offer different slant with the all right handed starters they have now. Since the Cubs have finally decided to eliminate Russell from the rotation and stop the stupidity. It still will be some time before Cashner and Wells return at 100% and they can use a reliable filler.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Paul, yes Davis is a lefty.

    • studio179

      Davis a reliable filler? God speed…

  • Cloycub13

    Folks be ready for a 4+ hour game…. Dooooooooouuuuuuuuuggggggggg Daaaaaaaaaavvvvvvviiiiiiisssssss is about the slowest worker in the game. And yes he is a stop gap but come on… what is going to happen with him when Wells and Cash come back?

    So I am under the understanding that Davis gets 900k when he makes the big league roster, and also has to be added ot the 40 man…so where does he go when those 2 get back. Because I would hope to all get out that Cash and Wells get their rotation spots back.

    Just curious?

    Go Cubs, let’s knock those cocky Reds down a peg or two…and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not pitch to Joey Votto in critical situations, actually do me a favor, consider throwing inside to him on occasion, you know, make him a lil nervous in that box. Thanks!

  • Ripsnorter1

    SO WHAT? Davis pitched well against A-Ballers! SO WHAT?DOESN’T MEAN AN N.I.V. THING.

    Doug Davis makes almost as much as Tom Gorzelanny. Which one is better?
    Davis will be 35 in September. Released TWICE by the Brewers, who are so desperate for pitching. They saw no value left in him.

    2010 1-4 record….7.54 ERA, 38 IP, 55 H, 21 BB, THIS GUY IS AWFULLLLLL!!!!

    2009 9-14 record…4.12 ERA….203 IP…203 H…LED THE LEAGUE IN BB with 103–more than one every two IP.

    Could not win 10 games with–
    Ryan Braun hitting 32 HR and 114 RBI,
    Prince Fielder hitting 46 HR and 141 RBI,
    Richie Weeks, Corey Hart, Casey McGahee hitting .301 with 16 HR and 66 RBI in part time role, Mike Cameron hitting 24 HR with 70 RBI, etc.

    And don’t tell me that they had no bullpen. They had Trevor Hoffman with a 1.83 ERA and 37 saves in 41 opportunities! Batters hit .142 against him. He was better than Marmol was and is.

    I love Jim Clueless!

    • Jay Seanze

      Remember when Jim Edmonds was released cause the Padres saw no value in him lol (they were desperate for offense)

  • Ripsnorter1

    Sam Fuld just 2 for his last 31 since being hit just above the left eye with a foul ball.