News: Haren (8-9) gave up five runs in 6.1 innings in a loss to the Giants on Thursday. He struck out four while allowing six hits and three walks.
Impact: Haren has been simply putrid in five starts since coming over to the Cubs at the trade deadline, with exactly zero quality starts and a horrendous eight homers allowed in just 25.2 innings. He pitched well against his next opponent, the Reds, when he last saw them in mid-July, but Haren can hardly be counted on at this point.
News: Schlitter was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Thursday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Despite a rough stint with the Cubs earlier in the season, Schlitter has pitched pretty well at Triple-A Iowa this season, posting a 1.09 ERA and 1.39 WHIP with 32 strikeouts over 41.1 innings. Unfortunately for the veteran, the club decided to take him off the 40-man roster following the addition of Fernando Rodney, diminishing his chances of making a return to the majors in September when the rosters expand.
News: Rosscup was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Rosscup didn't make an appearance after being recalled from Triple-A on Monday, and now he's lost his 25-man spot to the newly-acquired Fernando Rodney. As a result, the 27-year-old reliever will return to the minors but could be a candidate to rejoin the club in September.
News: Rodney was traded from the Mariners to the Cubs on Thursday for a player to be named later., Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Rodney was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Saturday after allowing three runs on two hits and a walk, raising his ERA to 5.68 on the season. The veteran reliever began the season as thee Mariners' closer, but lost that job, and will likely settle for a middle relief or potentially setup role with the Cubs. He's expected to join the Cubs' bullpen Friday.
Impact: Kris Bryant will get the start in right field and Starlin Castro gets the start at second base, leaving Coghlan on the bench to start Thursday's game. While his ability to play multiple positions makes him very valuable to the Cubs, he could see his playing time start to dip as rosters expand in September.
News: Fowler (hand) remains out of the lineup Thursday.
Impact: He is dealing with a bruised hand and shin, but was still able to make a pinch-hit appearance Wednesday, so it would seem like he could return to the lineup sometime this weekend. Matt Szczur will get the start in center field and hit seventh.