The Cubs may stick with a tandem of right-hander Jeff Samardzija and left-hander James Russell or reach down to the minor leagues. Veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz, who signed with the Cubs two weeks ago, is a possibility.
"I'm OK staying in-house. That's great," Quade said. "But if there is somebody down there [in the minors] that they feel could give us 90 pitches and have a chance to succeed, then I want to hear about it."
Quade said that he would talk to the team's Double-A and Triple-A managers, as well as the front office, before making his decision.
The Russell-Samardzija tandem struggled last Tuesday in an 11-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Russell got the start and allowed seven hits and five runs in 1 2/3 innings. He was followed by Samardzija, who gave up three hits and two runs in three innings.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.