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Rotation tweaked to rest Samardzija

The Sports Xchange
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The Cubs' starting rotation will get a tweak in the coming days and then another adjustment soon after that.

Manager Dale Sveum said Friday that right-hander Jeff Samardzija will be pushed back one day, from Monday night's series finale in Philadelphia to Tuesday's series opener at Cincinnati.

Right-hander Chris Volstad will slip into Samardzija's spot and start Monday against the Phillies. With Thursday's off day, that puts Volstad on his regular rest while giving Samardzija one extra day of rest.

The plan is to take it a bit easy on Samardzija, in his first full year as a starting pitcher in the major leagues.

"It's just going to benefit him in the long run," Sveum said.

Samardzija has been effective, going 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA. He has eight walks and 25 strikeouts in 24 innings.

The Cubs also are scheduled to get No. 1 starter Ryan Dempster off the disabled list Thursday for the series finale in Cincinnati. Dempster has been out with a right quad strain.

The odd man out when Dempster comes back figures to be right-hander Randy Wells, who starts Saturday at Philadelphia. Wells, a mainstay of the rotation the last couple of years, opened the season at Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa. He could either return to Iowa or go to the Cubs' bullpen as a long man.

"We'll make those decisions when they come up," Sveum said.

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