Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Thursday Scott Feldman will be in the starting rotation, leaving one spot open for three candidates.

Feldman, who signed a one-year contract this offseason, is trying to regain his 2009 form when he won 17 games for the Texas Rangers. Since then he's started just 45 games, compiling a 15-23 record.

Before Thursday the only spots in the rotation that were sure things belonged to Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson. Feldman was in a group with three others, including Scott Baker, Carlos Villanueva and Travis Wood, battling for the final two spots. Baker is working his way back from Tommy John surgery.

"There's an above average chance Baker is going to probably start a little bit late," Sveum said. "You don't want to rush him or anything like that. ... You have Garza, Samardzija, Jackson, Feldman and those other spots."

Feldman was pleased to hear Sveum's comments but understands there are no guarantees.