Chat­wood (back) skips his turn

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Right-han­der Tyler Chat­wood was scratched from his sched­uled start Fri­day against the Brewers with mid-back tight­ness. The Cubs said he’s con­sid­ered dayto-day. Right-han­der Alec Mills made the start in his place.

Chat­wood was ex­cel­lent in his first two starts this season be­fore run­ning into some trou­ble in the third. He al­lowed only one earned run in his first two starts com­bined be­fore a rough start against the Roy­als in his most re­cent out­ing, in which he yielded eight earned runs and 11 hits in 2„ in­nings.

Chat­wood is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA over­all.

The Cubs have avoided any sig­nif­i­cant in­jury is­sues so far dur­ing the short­ened season, but they had con­cerns about the depth of their ro­ta­tion even be­fore the season and can ill-af­ford to have one of their starters miss any time.

The Cubs have been with­out left-han­der Jose Quin­tana since July 2 af­ter he had surgery to re­pair the sen­sory nerve in his pitch­ing thumb. Quin­tana is on the back end of his re­hab and is sched­uled to throw a four-in­ning sim­u­lated game Sun­day at the Cubs’ al­ter­nate train­ing site in South Bend, In­di­ana.

While it would make sense for Quin­tana to fill Chat­wood’s spot in the ro­ta­tion if Chat­wood has to go on the 10-day in­jured list, man­ager David Ross said he isn’t ready to turn Quin­tana loose just yet.

‘‘Yeah, I think he’s still a lit­tle bit away,’’ Ross said. ‘‘He’s gonna throw Sun­day, an­other sim game, and we’ll get a bet­ter judge there. Talk­ing to him, I didn’t get the feel that he’s quite ready yet. I think we’ll get a lot of feed­back from Sun­day. But rush­ing a guy like that, who is so im­por­tant, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense in this sce­nario.’’

Cubs move up first pitch, an­nounce dou­ble­head­ers

The Cubs an­nounced their game Satur­day against the Brewers will be played at 2:20 p.m. be­cause of the forecast for in­clement weather later in the evening. The game orig­i­nally was sched­uled to be­gin at 7:15 p.m.

The team also an­nounced the post­poned se­ries last week­end against the Car­di­nals has been resched­uled as part of three dou­ble­head­ers at Wrigley Field.

Each dou­ble­header will fea­ture an orig­i­nally sched­uled game, as well as one from the sched­uled se­ries last week­end in St. Louis. The Cubs will be the home team for the first game of each dou­ble­header, and the Car­di­nals will be the home team for the sec­ond game of each.

The first two dou­ble­head­ers are sched­uled for Mon­day and Wed­nes­day. The third is sched­uled for Sept. 5. ✶

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The Cubs’ Ja­son Hey­ward re­acts af­ter hit­ting a dou­ble in the sixth in­ning Fri­day against the Brewers.

Tyler Chat­wood

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