As expected the Cubs activated Kerry Wood off the DL at noon today, just the time when lefty reliever Scott Eyre cleared waivers. At that point, the Cubs designated Eyre for assignment. GM Jim Hendry has seven days to trade Eyre (a likely possibility). If they can't make a deal, they'll then release him.
Eyre could have complained about his handling by manager Lou Piniella, but he didn't. As close as he came was this before he headed for his RV to drive home: "I think I did that to myself last year in the first half. I don't think Lou ever got over that. But that's fine. I have no ill feelings, and I mean that, truly...I like this place." Eyre became a little emotional at that point.
Eyre got off to a rough start last year, drawing Lou's ire, and "ire" is how Lou pronounced Eyre's last name for much of 2007 until Eyre turned it around and pitched lights-out in the second half.
Piniella did not meet with the media either after last night's game or before today's, but Hendry did. "Scott's been really a good member of our club now for two and a half years and had a terrific year in '06. It just became a decision once Woody came back and once Samardzija's come up done such a good job. Gaudin's done a terrific job since he was acquired. It's just a matter that we felt like going forward to Sept. 1, that was the 12 (pitchers) we felt rounded out the bullpen the best."
The two lefties who survived were Sean Marshall and Neal Cotts. Cotts is more of a one-inning guy, and Marshall can go long. Hendry admitted it would be folly to send Marshall back to Iowa to get "stretched out."
Other than that, the field looks in great shape after last night's biblically proportioned storm. Cubs go this way: