Cubs turn to Rusch in a pinch

Cubs turn to Rusch in a pinch

The Cubs won't have Mark Prior to close out the first half of the season.

Prior was a late scratch from his scheduled start on Sunday because of a strained left oblique muscle. The right-hander has been slowed this season by a sprained muscle in his right shoulder and made just four starts. The Cubs will instead turn to left-hander Glendon Rusch in the finale of their four-game Summerfest series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rusch, who is 2-7 with an 8.19 ERA, will be making his eighth start of the season.

This is the Cubs' last series before the All-Star break, and they are 22-23 against Central Division teams.

"[We want to] be respectable, and to win," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "There's a lot of games left. We haven't had a real good streak in a couple years. We're due for a real good streak. We have to get some breaks and capitalize on them."

Pitching matchup
CHC: LHP Glendon Rusch (2-7, 8.19 ERA)
Rusch is 2-6 with a 9.09 ERA as a starter this season. The left-hander has made one start against the Brewers, allowing seven earned runs on six hits over 2 2/3 innings on April 29.

MIL: LHP Doug Davis (5-5, 4.60 ERA)
The Doug Davis of years past appears to be back. The lefty is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA in his last six starts, striking out 36 while walking 11 in 38 2/3 innings. In his last start Tuesday, he did not allow a Reds runner to reach second until the seventh inning.

Player to watch
Juan Pierre is batting .475 (19-for-40) in his last nine games.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WGN 720 AM

Up next
• Monday-Wednesday: All-Star break
• Friday: Mets (RHP Steve Trachsel, 8-4, 4.67) at Cubs (RHP Greg Maddux, 7-9, 4.89), 1:20 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Mets (TBD) at Cubs (RHP Carlos Zambrano, 8-3, 3.24), 3:05 p.m. CT

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.