The veteran, who is coming off shoulder surgery a year ago, made his second start with the Cubs and allowed two runs on one hit (a Marlon Anderson home run). In his first appearance in Atlanta last Saturday, he gave up four runs in three innings.
The Cubs had hoped he could rebound from the surgery quickly and pitch by May. But it took longer than expected, and the Cubs now hope he can make a few more starts to see if he could be in the rotation in 2007.
"We want a true evaluation on what we have on our hands for next year and the future," manager Dusty Baker said. "You want to see arm strength and more endurance. He's come a long way just to be on the mound, period. That's a big plus in itself. He's worked hard to get to this point.
"Hopefully the investment that the Cubs made in him at this point will pay off."
REPLAY: Aramis Ramirez hit the triple-digit mark in RBIs when he hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning of a 6-5 Cubs victory over the Dodgers on Thursday at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs beat the Dodgers two out of three games for their first series win since Aug. 14-16.
Manager Dusty Baker chose setup man Bobby Howry over struggling closer Ryan Dempster to nail down the save in the ninth inning. Howry has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances. Dempster allowed 10 runs in his last nine appearances.
"There's nothing to look into -- Bobby's pitching better right now," Baker said.
"I go in and pitch when they tell me to pitch," Howry said.
Dempster had no comment.