Cubs likely to finish '14 with six-man rotation

Cubs likely to finish '14 with six-man rotation

ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs want to take advantage of the final month to get a look at pitchers Felix Doubront and Jacob Turner, and will likely go to a six-man rotation, general manager Jed Hoyer said Friday.

Doubront, 26, will make his first start Saturday in the first game of the Cubs' day-night doubleheader against the Cardinals. He had started 10 games for the Red Sox before the Cubs acquired the left-hander on July 30 for a player to be named.

Turner, 23, made his first start for the Cubs on Wednesday and lasted 3 2/3 innings against the Reds. Chicago acquired him from Miami for two Minor League pitchers.

Hoyer said they want to insert Doubront and Turner in the rotation, and also lighten the innings for current starters Jake Arrieta and Travis Wood.

"It makes sense to get looks at guys and give guys innings and lessen the load on guys we have," Hoyer said.

Doubront has been on the disabled list with a left calf strain. Whoever the Cubs take off the 25-man roster to open a spot for Doubront can be added as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

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.