Among the pitchers whom Cubs manager Dale Sveum cited Thursday for being considered were Marcos Mateo, Rafael Dolis, James Russell, Blake Parker, and Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo.
"There's five, six, seven guys capable of winning those spots," Sveum said. "Dolis is very impressive, being able to throw a 94-, 95-mile-an-hour ball that sinks that much and with that kind of depth. Mateo's slider is a swing-and-miss slider. Parker throws a very heavy fastball with a good slider, as well. All these guys are in the running for these spots. It's going to be interesting."
Would the Cubs consider sliding Travis Wood into the bullpen if he's not a fit for the rotation? Sveum wouldn't commit. The Cubs are looking for a long relief pitcher.
Castillo, 22, a converted infielder who came up in the Phillies organization, has shown a lot of poise.
"He acts like he's been out there before," Sveum said of the right-hander, who has not pitched higher than Class A. "He's got a fastball that doesn't seem to get squared up too much. He's interesting."