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Cubs' Dallas Beeler may get call to pitch versus Reds

Signs point to minor leaguer Dallas Beeler getting another start when the Chicago Cubs play the Cincinnati Reds twice on Wednesday. Beeler threw well in five innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 5-3 victory on July 7 and lines up perfectly for Game 1 or 2 of the doubleheader Wednesday. He last pitched for Triple-A Iowa on Friday when he gave up two earned runs over six innings.

Kyle Schwarber will catch him or Hendricks depending on which game Reds righty hurler Mike Leake starts. Cincinnati hasn’t announced a starter for the other game.

Meanwhile, Maddon said Sunday he has not had conversations with the Cubs' front office about the upcoming trade deadline. The Cubs have stated publicly they’re looking for starting pitching depth but that doesn’t mean they can’t add a hitter as the offense has slumped going back to well before the all-star break.

“No conversations with Theo or Jed about anything,” Maddon said.

The only time he did talk with them over the All-Star break was from the airport in Tampa Bay, Florida, on his way back for the second half -- but it was only about how the Cubs would use Schwarber.

Maddon did indicate once again that reliever Rafael Soriano is getting closer to being major league ready. He has appeared in two games striking out three for Triple-A Iowa.