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• Josh Vitters started at third on Monday, and will likely get more playing time than Luis Valbuena in the final weeks of the season as the Cubs continue evaluating the young players on the roster.

"Valbuena got hot and was really swinging the bat, but my priority is to get Vitters quite a few at-bats," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "[Vitters] is here for a reason."

Vitters, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, was 3-for-33 (.091) in his first 10 games.

• Newly acquired left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw, claimed off waivers from the Padres, was expected to join the Cubs on Tuesday. He went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 relief appearances this season.

"He's a left-handed guy with a good arm, and we'll evaluate him for the next 40 days or so," Sveum said.

• Brooks Raley, who picked up his first Major League win on Saturday against the Reds in his third Major League start, is expected to make another start this Saturday against the Rockies. The rest of the rotation will stay the same, with right-hander Chris Volstad, winless in 24 starts, still in the mix.

The Cubs will have a lot of decisions to make in the offseason about the starting five.

"Going into any winter, that's the first priority -- to address the rotation, see what's out there, what you have in your system," Sveum said.

• Matt Garza continues to rehab his right elbow, and will likely be re-evaluated after an X-ray in early September. Garza was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 7 with a right elbow stress reaction.

• The Cubs are interviewing candidates this week for the farm director's job, vacated by last week's dismissal of Oneri Fleita. Among the candidates are Brandon Hyde, the Cubs' Minor League field coordinator; Alex Suarez, the team's player development/international scouting coordinator; and Kurt Kemp, former Braves farm director, who is now a scout with the Pirates.

• Josh Vitters started at third on Monday, and will likely get more playing time than Luis Valbuena in the final weeks of the season as the Cubs continue evaluating the young players on the roster.

"Valbuena got hot and was really swinging the bat, but my priority is to get Vitters quite a few at-bats," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "[Vitters] is here for a reason."

Vitters, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, was 3-for-33 (.091) in his first 10 games.

• Newly acquired left-handed pitcher Alex Hinshaw, claimed off waivers from the Padres, was expected to join the Cubs on Tuesday. He went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 relief appearances this season.

"He's a left-handed guy with a good arm, and we'll evaluate him for the next 40 days or so," Sveum said.

• Brooks Raley, who picked up his first Major League win on Saturday against the Reds in his third Major League start, is expected to make another start this Saturday against the Rockies. The rest of the rotation will stay the same, with right-hander Chris Volstad, winless in 24 starts, still in the mix.

The Cubs will have a lot of decisions to make in the offseason about the starting five.

"Going into any winter, that's the first priority -- to address the rotation, see what's out there, what you have in your system," Sveum said.

• Matt Garza continues to rehab his right elbow, and will likely be re-evaluated after an X-ray in early September. Garza was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 7 with a right elbow stress reaction.

• The Cubs are interviewing candidates this week for the farm director's job, vacated by last week's dismissal of Oneri Fleita. Among the candidates are Brandon Hyde, the Cubs' Minor League field coordinator; Alex Suarez, the team's player development/international scouting coordinator; and Kurt Kemp, former Braves farm director, who is now a scout with the Pirates.