|Villanueva named 5th starter, Rusin to AAA|
by Mike Nester of NorthsidersReport.com, March 29, 2014 at 10:12 am ET
Carlos Villanueva Profile
The Cubs have announced RHP Carlos Villanueva will start the year as the team's fifth starter and optioned LHP Chris Rusin to AAA Iowa. Villanueva is expected to keep the job until Jake Arrieta recovers from a stiff shoulder that pushed back his throwing program this spring. Villanueva got the nod over Rusin and James McDonald, who suffered an injury in a game March 17 and hasn't pitched since.
The Cubs have said they will not skip starts for days off so Villanueva should get the nod on Saturday, April 5 vs. Philadelphia and then face the Cardinals in St. Louis on April 11.
With Rusin at Iowa, the I-Cubs possible starting rotation includes Kyle Hendricks, Dallas Beeler, Eric Jokisch, and Carlos Pimental, all who saw plenty of action in Mesa. The bullpen include Blake Parker, Zac Rosscup, Arodys Vizcaino, Neil Ramirez and Brian Schlitter.