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Cubs add veteran Ortiz to Triple-A rotation

Cubs add veteran Ortiz to Triple-A rotation

Cubs add veteran Ortiz to Triple-A rotation
MILWAUKEE -- Veteran pitcher Ramon Ortiz has joined the Triple-A Iowa Cubs and will make his first start Monday night at Albuquerque, according to a release issued by the Minor Legaue team.

Ortiz, 37, made 16 appearances (eight starts) with the Dodgers last season, and was 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA in 16 games. He also pitched for Triple-A Buffalo in the Mets' system and Triple-A Durham in the Rays' system last year.

He has pitched for the Angels (2000-04), Reds ('05), Nationals ('06), Twins ('07), Rockies ('07), and the Dodgers ('10). In 274 career games (212 starts) over 10 seasons in the Majors, he is 85-82 with a 4.93 ERA. He also spent the 2008 season pitching for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.

The Cubs' pitching took a double hit when starters Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells were both placed on the disabled list this week. Cashner has a strained right rotator cuff and Wells has a strained right forearm.

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