- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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The Cubs may stick with a tandem of right-hander Jeff Samardzija and left-hander James Russell or reach down to the minor leagues. Veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz, who signed with the Cubs two weeks ago, is a possibility.
"I'm OK staying in-house. That's great," Quade said. "But if there is somebody down there [in the minors] that they feel could give us 90 pitches and have a chance to succeed, then I want to hear about it."
Quade said that he would talk to the team's Double-A and Triple-A managers, as well as the front office, before making his decision.
The Russell-Samardzija tandem struggled last Tuesday in an 11-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Russell got the start and allowed seven hits and five runs in 1 2/3 innings. He was followed by Samardzija, who gave up three hits and two runs in three innings.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
Mike Quade said he'll decide on a Tuesday starter by Saturday.