Renteria, Hoyer set to discuss rotation choices

Renteria, Hoyer set to discuss rotation choices

CINCINNATI -- The Cubs are expected to open the second half with Jake Arrieta, Edwin Jackson and Travis Wood in line to face the D-backs. But what happens next?

Manager Rick Renteria said he'll meet with general manager Jed Hoyer and others to discuss who will fill the rotation spots created by last Friday's trade of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics.

The Cubs have plenty of pitchers to chose from, Renteria said, including Dan Straily, who was acquired in the deal with Oakland. Others to be considered are right-handers Kyle Hendricks and Dallas Beeler, who made his second big league start Wednesday, and lefty Tsuyoshi Wada. Hendricks made his Major League debut Thursday, and Wada made his first start in the U.S. big leagues on Tuesday.

"I would say all of them are [in the mix]," Renteria said Thursday. "I would say you can't discount anybody."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.