Change may be coming even if Wells and Cashner still are in the early stages of their rehabs from forearm and rotator cuff strains, respectively.
Left-hander James Russell made another failed start Monday night in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. In four starts, Russell (a reliever all of last season and at the beginning of this year) has failed to go at least five innings in any of them.
The other replacement starter, Casey Coleman, has fared only marginally better. Neither Russell nor Coleman has tossed a quality start in eight total outings. Now, at least one of them may be bumped from the rotation.
The Cubs have an off day Thursday and another next Monday. That will enable them to skip Russell's turn in the rotation, something they're likely to do.
"He's gotten better," manager Mike Quade said. "His approach is better. We'll see what happens down the road."
In the minor leagues, veteran lefty Doug Davis is scheduled to make a start Thursday for Class A Daytona after signing as a free agent last month. If that goes well, Davis may move up to Class AAA Iowa, with a possible big-league start not out of the question after that.
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