Rain Anyone?

Three games into a 17-day stretch in which the Cubs play without a day off, the bullpen is all out of sorts after Glendon Rusch lasted just 2 2/3 innings against Milwaukee on Saturday and Carlos Zambrano lasted just four innings on Sunday.

CAPTION: Chicago Cubs fan Joy Burhop bundles up against the weather at the beginning of a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs Saturday, April 29, 2006 in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

With rookies Sean Marshall and Angel Guzman set to pitch on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, against Pittsburgh, there is no guarantee either will go deep into their games.

There is rain in the forecast for Monday night, and the Cubs probably wouldn't be all that disappointed if their game is postponed.

But since they can't depend on that, it's possible they may do some shuffling and move Rusch to the bullpen as a long man and bring up Rich Hill from Triple-A Iowa.

REPLAY: The Cubs still have a decent record at 13-10 after Sunday's 9-0 loss to Milwaukee. But the way the National League Central is going, the Cubs have to step it up or they could find themselves having to make up a lot of ground.

The Cubs and Brewers enter this week's action tied for fourth place, looking up at Cincinnati, St. Louis and Houston, which are all off to red-hot starts.

Despite injuries to pitchers Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, first baseman Derrek Lee and outfielder Angel Pagan, the Cubs have been crossing their fingers that no one in the division runs away early as St. Louis has done the past two years. They have been holding serve, but in the last two games, they have been outscored 25-2.

NOTES, QUOTES

--RHP Carlos Zambrano, who was considered the staff's ace before the season opened, went 0-for-April, finishing 0-2 in six starts the first month of the season with an ERA of 5.35. It's no secret what led to his downfall. He walked 25 batters in 33 2/3 innings.

--C Michael Barrett returned to the lineup Sunday. Barrett sprained his left middle finger sliding headfirst into second base against Florida on Wednesday, and he was able to pinch-hit Saturday.

--LHP Glendon Rusch put the bullpen in a bind when he lasted just 2 2/3 innings Saturday when the Cubs were in just the second day of a 17-day stretch without a day off. The Cubs may consider shaking up the rotation and putting Rusch back into the bullpen since LHP Rich Hill has been effective for Triple-A Iowa.

--RHP Kerry Wood (shoulder and knee surgery) is on pace for a minor league rehab assignment on May 7 if all goes well in a Rookie League game in Arizona this week.

--RHP Jerome Williams, who was demoted to Triple-A Iowa on April 23, gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings in his first game for the I-Cubs on Thursday.

BY THE NUMBERS: 323 -- Career victories for Greg Maddux after Friday's 6-2 win over Milwaukee. He is one away from 13th on the all-time win list, currently shared by Hall of Famers Don Sutton and Nolan Ryan.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I tried to stay calm. After I pitched, (teammate) Greg Maddux came up to me and asked how I was feeling. I told him my mouth was real dry. He's like 'don't worry -- keep doing that for the next 10 years.'" -- Rookie pitcher Angel Guzman, on his April 26 major league debut.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:
RHP Kerry Wood (shoulder and knee surgery) has been on the disabled list since spring training. He made a Rookie League appearance Wednesday (April 26), and is likely to pitch again early this week.

RHP Wade Miller (shoulder surgery) has been on the disabled list since spring training. He should be back in June.

RHP Mark Prior (strained shoulder) has been on the disabled list since spring training. He is throwing on the mound again, but no timetable has been set for his return.

OF Angel Pagan (hamstring, knee) went on the disabled list April 16. He should be back in late May.

1B Derrek Lee (broken right wrist) went on the disabled list April 20. He will be out at least through May.

C Michael Barrett (sprained left middle finger) missed three starts, but he was back in the lineup Sunday (April 30).

Player Stats

LINEUP

1. Juan Pierre, CF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .231    26     7     6     3     0     0     0     1
Season            .258    93    17    24     5     1     0     2     8

2. Ronny Cedeno, SS
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .250     4     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .231    26     4     6     1     1     1     3     0
Season            .308    78     8    24     6     2     1     8     1

3. Todd Walker, 1B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     4     0     2     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .286    21     1     6     0     0     0     4     0
Season            .358    67    10    24     2     1     2    13     0

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .222    18     6     4     1     0     2     4     0
Season            .197    71    13    14     2     0     4    10     1

5. Matt Murton, LF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .350    20     4     7     2     0     0     7     0
Season            .286    77    12    22     4     1     2    16     0

6. Michael Barrett, C
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .294    17     2     5     2     0     1     3     0
Season            .286    63    10    18     4     0     4    18     0

7. Jacque Jones, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .286    21     3     6     1     0     3     6     0
Season            .228    57     7    13     2     0     4    10     0

8. Jerry Hairston, 2B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .158    19     2     3     0     0     0     2     1
Season            .257    35     6     9     1     0     0     2     1

9. Carlos Zambrano, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .083    12     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .083    12     1     1     0     0     0     0     0

OTHER ROSTER PLAYERS

David Aardsma, 
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 4 Games      .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0

Henry Blanco, C
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     3     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .095    21     1     2     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .095    21     1     2     0     0     0     0     0

Freddie Bynum, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .333    12     2     4     0     1     0     1     0
Season            .235    17     2     4     0     1     0     1     0

Angel Guzman, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 1 Games      .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0

Derrek Lee, 1B
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .333     3     1     1     0     0     0     0     1
Last 7 Games      .273    22     3     6     1     0     0     3     2
Season            .318    44    11    14     4     0     3    10     5

John Mabry, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .083    12     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .280    25     3     7     0     0     1     3     0

Greg Maddux, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 5 Games      .154    13     2     2     0     0     0     1     0
Season            .154    13     2     2     0     0     0     1     0

Sean Marshall, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 4 Games      .125     8     0     1     0     0     0     1     0
Season            .125     8     0     1     0     0     0     1     0

Roberto Novoa, 
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 5 Games      .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0

Angel Pagan, RF
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .500     2     0     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .188    16     0     3     1     0     0     0     0
Season            .263    19     2     5     1     0     0     1     0

Neifi Perez, SS
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     1     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .063    16     0     1     1     0     0     0     0
Season            .167    36     3     6     2     0     0     3     0

Mike Restovich, 
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 7 Games      .222     9     0     2     1     0     0     1     0
Season            .222     9     0     2     1     0     0     1     0

Glendon Rusch, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 5 Games      .333     6     1     2     1     0     0     0     0
Season            .333     6     1     2     1     0     0     0     0

Jerome Williams, P
                    BA    AB     R     H    2B    3B    HR   RBI    SB
Last Game         .000     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Last 5 Games      .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
Season            .000     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0

PITCHERS

David Aardsma, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game        11.59     0     0     0     1   2.1     4     3     2     3     2
Last 3 Games      8.44     1     0     0     3   5.1     6     5     3     6     5
Season           10.50     1     0     0     4     6     7     7     3     9     5

Ryan Dempster, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     1
Last 3 Games      0.00     0     0     2     3     3     0     0     0     0     2
Season            1.38     0     0     6    13    13     6     2     0     3    11

Scott Eyre, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game        18.00     0     0     0     1     1     1     2     1     1     2
Last 3 Games      9.00     0     0     0     3     3     3     3     1     3     6
Season            2.13     0     0     0    10  12.2     7     3     1     9    13

Angel Guzman, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         5.40     0     0     0     1     5     6     3     1     4     5
Last 1 Games      5.40     0     0     0     1     5     6     3     1     4     5
Season            5.40     0     0     0     1     5     6     3     1     4     5

Bob Howry, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     0
Last 3 Games      3.37     0     0     0     3   2.2     4     1     0     0     2
Season            1.59     1     0     0    11  11.1     9     2     1     2     8

Greg Maddux, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         3.00     1     0     0     1     6     8     2     0     1     6
Last 3 Games      1.29     3     0     0     3    21    16     3     0     2    16
Season            1.35     5     0     0     5  33.1    23     5     1     6    24

Sean Marshall, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     1     0     0     1     7     2     0     0     2     7
Last 3 Games      3.18     2     0     0     3    17     9     6     2     6    13
Season            4.22     2     0     0     4  21.1    13    10     3     7    15

Roberto Novoa, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game        13.50     0     0     0     1     2     2     3     0     3     3
Last 3 Games      7.20     0     0     0     3     5     5     4     0     3     6
Season            3.86     0     0     0     5   9.1     7     4     0     4     8

Will Ohman, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     1     0     0     0     0     1
Last 3 Games      5.78     0     0     0     3   4.2     5     3     0     3     2
Season           12.38     1     1     0    10     8    11    11     2     6     6

Glendon Rusch, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game        23.60     0     1     0     1   2.2     6     7     4     3     0
Last 3 Games      8.78     1     2     0     3  13.1    13    13     5     8     8
Season            8.46     1     4     0     5  22.1    24    21    11    11    14

Jerome Williams, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game        47.37     0     1     0     1   1.1     6     7     1     2     0
Last 3 Games      7.72     0     2     0     3   9.1    11     8     1     7     4
Season            7.30     0     2     0     5  12.1    15    10     2    11     5

Scott Williamson, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     2     2     0     0     0     2
Last 3 Games      8.11     0     1     0     3   3.1     2     3     0     3     6
Season            3.86     2     1     0    12  11.2     9     5     0     7    18

Mike Wuertz, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game         0.00     0     0     0     1     0     3     2     2     0     0
Last 3 Games      6.74     0     0     0     3   2.2     5     2     2     1     3
Season            6.74     0     0     0     3   2.2     5     2     2     1     3

Carlos Zambrano, P
                   ERA     W     L    Sv     G    IP     H    ER    HR    BB     K
Last Game        15.75     0     1     0     1     4     8     7     1     5     5
Last 3 Games      5.82     0     1     0     3    17    18    11     2    13    20
Season            5.35     0     2     0     6  33.2    33    20     6    25    38

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