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Despite injuries, Quade still likes pitching staff

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Manager Mike Quade sounded a confident tone Friday as the Cubs embarked on a three-city road trip to Milwaukee, Houston and Colorado.

The Cubs have their first big test ahead of them, not only because of the nine-game road trip, but because their Nos. 4 and 5 starting pitchers, Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner, went on the disabled list. Wells has a right forearm strain, and Cashner has a right rotator cuff strain.

As Wells said this week, the Cubs will see what they are made of.

"We'll see where we're at right now, that's for sure," Quade said before the Cubs beat the Brewers 7-4 in the series opener at Miller Park. "That's why we play them. I like what I think we're made of. I liked a lot of what I saw at home as far as how these guys went about their business."

Right-hander Casey Coleman will come up from Class AAA Iowa to start Sunday's series finale. But the burden will be on the top three of Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza.

Quade doesn't want those pitchers thinking they have to do it all.

"They've been down this before," the manager said. "Every rotation in the history of baseball has darn near gotten into some trouble at (some) point. I also think that in spite of the fact that we lost two starters, they know who's behind them as well, bullpen-wise. It's got to be pretty comforting to be a starter here knowing what kind of bullpen we have. You'd like to think that (doing too much) is not in the forefront of their minds."

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