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Samardzija earning his keep in bullpen

Samardzija earning his keep in bullpen

Samardzija earning his keep in bullpen
CHICAGO -- Over his past few appearances, reliever Jeff Samardzija has become a staple in the Cubs' bullpen, and that's exactly where he is going to stay.

Early in his career, Samardzija worked as a starter, but he recently found his niche as a reliever.

"Not right now, not that I've even considered it in the least," manager Mike Quade said when asked if there were plans to move Samardzija back into the rotation. "I think, once again, I'm so happy with his development -- so happy with the way he's throwing the ball. For now, we should just leave it at that."

In 52 appearances this season, Samardzija is 6-4 with a 3.53 ERA. Over four appearances in the month of August, he hadn't allowed an earned run in 4 1/3 innings of work, striking out six and walking one.

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