PHOENIX -- Cubs manager Mike Quade said on Saturday that barring any last-minute changes, left-hander James Russell will probably get the spot start for Monday night's game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Quade said prior to his club's game against the D-backs at Chase Field that he still wanted to have a conversation with general manager Jim Hendry before firming up the decision, but Russell is the way that he's leaning. However, the Cubs could still dip to into the Minor Leagues for a starter.
"That's what I don't know," Quade said. "If we go in-house, then Russ is going to pitch. But if something else has taken place within the last 24 hours, [Hendry] can bring that to me and we can make a decision. Obviously, anybody who pitched [Friday] night wouldn't be available. But there could be something else."
Russell has been a spot starter and reliever for Quade during the first month of the season, starting three times in his seven appearances. He's 1-3 with an 8.31 ERA.