The news earlier this week that both Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner had arm troubles that would make them have DL time put shudders into the hopes of Cubs fans, who at least thought the starting rotation would be solid.
Wells has a right forearm strain; it's hoped he'll be back soon after the 15 day DL period is up. Cashner has a right rotator cuff strain; he won't need surgery but rotator cuff injuries are always problematic. Wells' DL time is retroactive to April 5 and Cashner's retroactive to April 6; this is a procedural move to make them eligible to return on earlier dates.
Righthanded reliever Jeff Stevens was recalled from Iowa and will be in the bullpen tonight in Milwaukee, wearing No. 44. Stevens has had time in the major leagues in both 2009 and 2010 with little success, though he has dominated at Triple-A. It's presumed that Casey Coleman will be recalled to start Sunday's game against the Brewers, and a similar roster move will be made for the next time the Cubs need a replacement starter, which would be Tuesday in Houston.