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Chicago Cubs: Newcomers could be the answer

Jesse Chavez has bounced back and forth between the bullpen and the starting rotation before. Perhaps the Cubs will tap him. However, there are a few problems with that. Chavez is said to have a rubber arm.

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Even though he has pitched multiple innings in some of his relief appearances, that is nowhere near the same as being asked to pitch a starter’s worth of innings at a time.

A pitcher has to build up or be stretched out to that kind of an outing.

The Cubs sent Adam Warren to Iowa to get stretched out before they asked him to make a start in 2016. The Cubs don’t have the time to do that nor does Chavez have options to allow that luxury.

Chavez would also need to be rested, before and after the start. So the bullpen would be a man short for a while. All of the same problems apply to former starter and recent Cubs addition Jorge De La Rosa.

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