According to multiple reports, including one from ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers, the Chicago Cubs will get their first glimpse of former Oakland Athletics right-hander Dan Straily on Saturday, when he is expected to start for the club against the New York Mets.
“We have a stretch of no days off, so we’re going to have Straily come up and give us a start,” manager Rick Renteria told Rogers. “We’ll push everyone back and give us a breath.”
The 25-year-old right-hander came to the Cubs in the Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel deal last month. This year with Oakland, Straily was 1-2 in seven starts with a 4.93 earned run average. He went 10-8 in 2013 with Oakland, showing signs of breaking out with the American League Western division champions, also posting a respectable 3.96 ERA, finishing fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting.
Since being acquired prior to the July trade deadline, Straily has made seven starts for Triple-A Iowa, going 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA. He has notched 40 strikeouts in 39 innings of work, walking 13 and surrendering four long-balls.