The Cubs have signed veteran left-hander Doug Davis to a minor-league deal to add pitching depth for a team that lost two of its season-opening starters to injury last week.
Davis, 35, doesn't appear to be a short-term solution for filling either of the spots left open by injuries to Randy Wells (forearm) and Andrew Cashner (shoulder). But depending how long either of those injuries persist, Davis might be an option once he's stretched out.
He's been sent to Mesa, Ariz., for extended spring work.
Davis hasn't pitched since July 9 because of a virus in the lining of his heart and later had surgery to repair a flexor-tendon tear.
He was 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA in eight starts for Milwaukee last year, including two losses to the Cubs.
His best season came in 2007 when he won 13 games for the National League West-champion Arizona Diamondbacks and then beat the Cubs in the playoffs.
The Cubs also signed right-hander Ramon Ortiz, 38, to a minor-league deal in recent days.