CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs will indeed utilize a six-man rotation, manager Rick Renteria said Tuesday.
The Cubs have been intimating for several weeks that they want to see some of their young pitchers, and with rosters expanded for the month of September, they’ll continue to see a lot of them.
After Jake Arrieta's start Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs will go with Kyle Hendricks followed by Tsuyoshi Wada, Felix Doubront, Travis Wood and Jacob Turner. Then, they'll repeat that cycle until further notice.
Two of Tuesday's call-ups from the minors, Eric Jokisch and Dan Straily, might not start a game right away but could "piggyback" another young starter's outing. Cubs president Theo Epstein had high praise for the lefty, Jokisch, in particular.
"Outstanding minor league career," Epstein said Tuesday. "Plus changeup. Three pitches now. Really consistent, impressive season at Triple-A. He’s a long-term starting pitching candidate."
Jokisch, the Cubs' 11th-round choice in the 2010 draft, went 9-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 26 starts for Triple-A Iowa this year.
The Cubs promoted their pitchers based on performance and season-long pitch and/or innings counts. For example, Triple-A starter Dallas Beeler reached his limit, so he wasn't recalled with the group of his former teammates.