Dan Straily to start for Chicago Cubs on Saturday


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 SamardzijaJason 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.