Right handed pitcher Carlos Villanueva was in a neck and neck race with Chris Rusin for that final spot in the starting rotation for the Chicago Cubs.
Villanueva appeared in six games for the Cubs this year, picking up two starts during Cactus League play. He finished the Spring with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 5.60 with 17 and two-third innings of work and 20 strike outs under his belt. Now according to Gordon WIttenmeyer on Twitter, Villanueva did in fact beat Rusin for the final spot in the rotation.
Villanueva gets fifth spot. Rusin to be sent out.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) March 28, 2014
The 30 year old right-hander finished the 2013 pitching out of the bullpen for the Cubs, so he’s hoping he can avoid that from happening again in 2014. Right now the rotation involves Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel and Villanueva himself.
This is something that needs to improve going into 2014, with the rest of the field looking pretty decent. Hopefully C.J. Edwards will be Major League ready within the next year or two.