Cubs to shut down Samardzija after one more start

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Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija will be shut down for the season following his start on Saturday at the Pittsburgh Pirates, MLB.com reported.

Samardzija will make his 28th start of the season and has pitched 165 2/3 innings. The Cubs decided that is enough. He came into the season with 169 2/3 career innings pitched. He made the transition to starting this season after pitching in the bullpen. He tossed 88 innings last year.

"It's unfortunate," Samardzija said. "I really would've liked to finish the season, and that way I could look back and see how I went from beginning to end. You have to respect what they're planning on doing and what their plans are for the organization and the team. I talked to (manager) Dale (Sveum) about it, and I put a lot of my faith in him, and in (pitching coach Chris) Bosio, too, that this is the right move for the right reasons."

Samardzija, 27, has 16 quality starts. He was 6-8 with a 4.71 ERA before the All-Star break and 2-5 with a 2.66 ERA since then.

The Cubs claimed right-hander Jason Berken off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles, and he will take Samardzija's spot in the rotation. Berken, 28, was 5-6 with a 3.50 ERA in 26 starts for Class AAA Norfolk.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs placed right-hander Blake Parker on the 60-day disabled list with a bone contusion in his right elbow.
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