HOUSTON -- The Cubs haven't nailed down who will get the start on Tuesday at home against San Diego. If Jeff Samardzija gets the spot start, it definitely wouldn't be a long-term option, Cubs manager Mike Quade said on Wednesday.
Samardzija, who has five Major League starts, has found his role as a reliever. In Tuesday's 11-2 loss to the Astros, Samardzija gave the Cubs three innings out of the bullpen after James Russell's first Major League start lasted only 1 2/3 innings.
"For one start it's not out of the question," said Quade. "I would like to avoid that, but long term no, I don't think he's an option. He's most likely to be effective out of the bullpen."
The Cubs are looking for a No. 4 and No. 5 starter since Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner were put on the 15-day disabled list. Wells is retroactive to April 5 with a right forearm strain, and Cashner is retroactive to April 6 with a right rotator cuff strain.
"For the next week or so, it's all hands on deck," said Quade.
The starting pitching options include players on the big league roster or players at Triple-A Iowa, including Ramon Ortiz, a two-time 15-game winner who signed a Minor League deal last week, and on Monday allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings at Iowa.
The good news is the Cubs have nearly a week to figure out who they want to start on Tuesday.