Rick Renteria confirmed prior to Tuesday’s game that the Cubs will use a six-man rotation in September.
According to multiple reports, the rotation will be Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada, Felix Doubront, Travis Wood and Jacob Turner for at least the next two times through the rotation.
Dan Straily and Eric Jokisch will pitch out of the bullpen, for now, but both pitchers could receive starts before the end of the season.
And according to a report from ESPN Chicago, Dan Straily and Eric Jokisch could be used to piggyback starters.
The Cubs bullpen, for now, will consist of Carlos Villanueva, Dan Straily, Eric Jokisch, Zac Rosscup, Wesley Wright, Kyuji Fujikawa, Brian Schlitter, Blake Parker, Arodys Vizcaino, Justin Grimm, Neil Ramirez, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.
Theo Epstein addressed what the Cubs expect out of Arodys Vizcaino over the next month. Epstein said Vizcaino was called up to “showcase his stuff” and “to learn what it’s like to pitch at Wrigley Field with an eye on 2015.”
Dallas Beeler made two starts for the Cubs earlier in the year but due to an innings limit he will not be with the team in September. Beeler missed a majority of last season with a torn tendon in his right middle finger and pitched in only nine games for a total of 54 2/3 innings. Beeler made up for some of the time he missed with a stint in the AFL last fall where he pitched his way onto the 40-man roster.
After spending the first month of the season in Arizona, Beeler completed 124 1/3 innings for Iowa in 20 starts. Beeler was 9-6 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP (83 strikeouts, 32 walks, 112 hits).
In two starts with the Cubs, Dallas Beeler was 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Beeler allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits with seven walks and six strikeouts in starts against the Nationals (June 28) and Reds (July 9).
Edwin Jackson threw his second bullpen session in four days prior to Tuesday game. Jackson completed one Saturday in St. Louis as he tries to work himself back from a strained right lat that landed him on the DL on Aug. 21.
The Cubs would reportedly like to see Edwin Jackson make at least one more abbreviated start before the end of the season.