Carlos Villanueva P CHC 18 Days

Carlos Villanueva will start for the Cubs on Saturday against the Nationals in Washington.

Jeff Samardzija had been the scheduled starter, but was traded to the Athletics late on Friday. The veteran right-hander owns a 5.91 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 45 2/3 innings on the season, and is likely to be on a limited pitch count on Saturday. He should be avoided in all fantasy formats.

Carlos Villanueva P CHC 3 Months

Carlos Villanueva will be moved to the bullpen.

The Cubs will activate Jake Arrieta (shoulder) from the disabled list to start Wednesday against the Reds, so Villanueva will be bumped to the pen. It's not a big surprise, as the 30-year-old has a rough 10.42 ERA and 2.21 WHIP across 19 innings this year.

Carlos Villanueva P CHC 3 Months

Carlos Villanueva struggled again in Friday's loss to the Brewers, surrendering five runs on 11 hits over his five frames.

He walked one and struck out one during the difficult outing. The Brewers jumped on him with a pair of runs in the first inning, then tacked on single runs in the third, fourth and fifth to complete the damage. Villanueva simply hasn't been good enough while holding down a rotation spot for the injured Jake Arrieta, compiling a 10.42 ERA and 2.21 WHIP over 19 innings. If he gets another turn through the rotation, it would come against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Carlos Villanueva P CHC 3 Months

Carlos Villanueva was hit hard again Sunday, giving up five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Reds.

Villanueva did punch out seven in the outing, but it's a shallow silver lining for an otherwise ugly showing. It leaves the right-hander with a 10.93 ERA and 2.14 WHIP for the year. With Jake Arrieta nearing a return -- possibly as soon as this weekend -- Villanueva's time in the rotation is short.

Carlos Villanueva P CHC 3 Months

Carlos Villanueva was rocked for nine runs over three innings in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

Villanueva gave up 10 hits (including a home run), so nearly half of the 21 batters he faced managed to reach base. The 30-year-old has now allowed 12 runs on 20 hits in just 9 1/3 innings of work this season. Look for him to move back to the bullpen when Jake Arrieta (shoulder) comes off the disabled list. That should happen pretty soon.

Carlos Villanueva P CHC 4 Months

Carlos Villanueva could be scratched from Sunday's scheduled start against the Phillies after appearing in relief on Monday and Wednesday.

Villanueva took the loss in both extra-innings games versus the Pirates. Because he only threw a total of 30 pitches in the two appearances, it's still possible he'll start Sunday. If the Cubs decide against it, they could call someone like Chris Rusin up.

Carlos Villanueva P CHC 4 Months

Cubs fifth starter Carlos Villanueva took his second loss in two games after giving up a run in the 16th Wednesday.

On Monday, he gave up a run in the 10th to take a 1-0 loss. Villanueva wasn't supposed to pitch in relief again tonight, but the Cubs were left with little choice. After giving up a run in his second inning of work, he's already 0-2 and he's still yet to make a start.

Carlos Villanueva P CHC 4 Months

Carlos Villanueva will be the Cubs' fifth starter to begin the season.

Villanueva didn't exactly grab the job by the throat this spring, posting a 5.60 ERA over 17 2/3 innings. Fortunately for him his competition, Chris Rusin, was even worse, and Jake Arrieta (shoulder) isn't ready to go. Villanueva's first start will be April 6.

Carlos Villanueva P CHC 4 Months

Carlos Villanueva is expected to open the season in the Cubs' rotation while Jake Arrieta (shoulder) is on the disabled list.

The versatile swingman made 15 starts for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.50 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. Arrieta has resumed throwing from a mound and shouldn't be sidelined too long, so Villanueva figures to make only a handful of starts before sliding back into a relief role.

Carlos Villanueva P CHC 11 Months

Carlos Villanueva is moving back to the bullpen.

Villanueva has had mixed results since returning to the starting rotation and will now make way for Jake Arrieta. Feel free to drop him in most fantasy leagues.