Cubs Ready to Add Jake Arrieta to the Rotation and Other News and Notes

Before Monday night’s game in Cincinnati was postponed due to rain, the Cubs announced Jake Arrieta would be activated from the disabled list and start the finale of the three-game series against the Reds on Wednesday night. Once the rains washed out game one and made the Cubs trip to Cincinnati a two-game series, the Cubs shuffled their rotation and pushed Jake Arrieta’s season debut back to the weekend series at Wrigley against the Cardinals.

Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson will start the two games in Cincinnati and it appears the Cubs will keep Travis Wood on schedule and have him pitch the opener on Friday against St. Louis. The Cubs have not said if Jason Hammel will start Saturday’s game or if he will get two extra days in between starts.

Jake Arrieta will get the ball the next time the fifth spot in the rotation rolls back around.

Carlos Villanueva has been moved to the bullpen, which will give Rick Renteria an extra arm in his pen for at least the next three days. The Cubs will have to send a reliever out before Arrieta can be activated, but there is no reason to make the move until the day Arrieta is scheduled to pitch.

Carlos Villanueva pointed to a “mechanics problem” as one of the reasons he has struggled this season. Villanueva told the Sun-Times he is working on the issues.

Corey Black

Corey Black was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week. Black received the honor Monday after he tossed six innings of no-hit ball last Wednesday in Birmingham. Black started Monday night in the finale of the series with the Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee Brewers). Black improved to 2-1 on the season after allowing one run on three hits with one walk, a HBP and five strikeouts. The run scored on a solo homer by Nick Ramirez in the first inning.

Corey Black is 2-1 in five games, four starts, this season with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Black has allowed six runs on 10 hits with 13 walks and 21 strikeouts in 23 innings.

David DeJesus

Bruce Levine caught up with David DeJesus while he was in Chicago with the Rays taking on the White Sox on the South Side. DeJesus told Levine he “has nothing but great feelings about his experience at Clark and Addison” and his time with the Cubs.

DeJesus said he “sees the reality of President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein’s task to win without the economic resources to support the player development plan.” DeJesus told Levine, “They are in a tough situation right now. If the money isn’t there, you can’t really do what your plan was set out for. You think if I had this money I could do this or that. They don’t have it and they are caught in the middle of their plan.”

DeJesus also said to Levine he feels he might still be with the Cubs if Epstein “had the money to build his club properly.” DeJesus thinks the Cubs need a veteran presence to help with the development of the young players, something the baseball operations side of the front office “intended to have from the beginning.”

News and Notes

Kris Bryant will get his second taste of big league pitching this month. Kris Bryant, Dustin Geiger and the Tennessee Smokies open a series in Chattanooga on Wednesday against the Lookouts. The Lookouts are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make his second rehab start on Wednesday, so Bryant will get a firsthand look at the best lefty in the game. Bryant faced Mat Latos earlier this season and took the Reds’ starter downtown. Latos did not appreciate it and plunked Bryant in his next at bat.

C.J. Edwards discussed his injury with Smokies Radio.

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