The Cubs have been toying with the idea of using a sixth starter in the rotation. And there is reportedly a strong possibility the Cubs will insert LHP Brian Matusz in the rotation for Sunday night against the Mariners.
Kyle Hendricks is currently scheduled to face Felix Hernandez in the series finale with the Mariners.
Brian Matusz was scheduled to start Friday for the Iowa Cubs. Matusz was scratched without an explanation from the front office. Matusz has done well with Iowa and in two starts he’s completed 9 1/3 innings and has allowed two runs on seven hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts (1.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP).
When the Cubs signed Matusz to a minor league contract on June 14, the plan was to correct the issues the player development staff found, stretch him out and use him as a starting pitcher.
Multiple reports from Wrigley early Saturday afternoon stated Joe Maddon said the team was thinking of making a change to the rotation and that change would come from within, not via a trade, and the Cubs could insert an internal option into the starting staff.
The Cubs would have to make a series of roster moves to call-up Brian Matusz to start Sunday. Matusz would have to be added to the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 40 players, and a spot would have to be cleared on the 25-man roster.
Will update as more information is provided from the Cubs …