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Cubs hand fifth spot in rotation to Carlos Villanueva

Mar 28, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

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Carlos Villanueva didn’t exactly impress in his 17 2/3 innings in the Cactus League, but the Cubs’ other options didn’t fare any better. That’s why, as Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Cubs have given the fifth spot in the rotation to Villanueva.

Villanueva posted a 5.60 ERA during the spring. Chris Rusin, one of his competitors, finished at 7.45 in 19 1/3 innings. He was absolutely shelled by the Diamondbacks in his most recent start on March 26, allowing nine runs on ten hits (including four home runs) in 2 2/3 innings. Jake Arrieta, the other candidate, still isn’t ready as he is making his way back from a sore right shoulder.

  1. renaado - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    This stats are just HORRIBLE !! Would you even call this “competing”?

  2. moogro - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Wow, cubsters. Ouch

  3. straightouttavtown - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    Very underrated pitcher. Always thought he was better than Yovani Gallardo when they were both prospects coming up through the Brewers’ system.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      He has a 101 ERA+ in his last three seasons. He’s been a pretty solid swingman.

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