Today the Chicago Cubs released fill-in starting pitcher Doug Davis to make room for Darwin Barney, who came off the disabled list after a knee sprain.

Davis – shown right, pitching in his last successful role – has been roundly miserable in his nine starts with the Cubs, departing with an ERA well North of six, and giving the Cubs a chance to win in just two of his starts. You can imagine that the Cubs asked around if anyone wanted him before they pulled the trigger; but then imagine your lack of surprise that no one was interested.

It will be interesting to see who replaces him in the rotation, but, given his superior (slightly) outing yesterday, the likeliest candiate is Rodrigo Lopez. If that’s the case, Marcos Mateo will stay up with the big club in the bullpen.






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