Wood looks to come off DL (and stay in Chicago)
Bruce Miles photo
Kerry Wood is flanked by his wife, Sarah, and their children
as they announce the opening of the Wood Family Foundation
to help local charities.
The Cubs send Big Z to the mound today in the series finale against the Giants. Thanks to most all for making yesterday’s “fire sale” blog another good one. I appreciate the input.
Reliever Kerry Wood said he is going to come off the disabled list tomorrow, when the Cubs open a series against the White Sox here at Wrigley. Kerry and his wife, Sarah, announced the opening of the Wood Family Foundation to help children’s charities around Chicago.
As far as pitching goes, Kerry said the blister has been healed but that he has needed to grow the skin back on his right index finger. He also can read all the trade talk, and although he might make a nice rental for a contender in August and September, it sounds like he wouldn’t want to leave Chicago.
“I think it would have to be great for both,” he said, referring to himself and the Cubs. “Obviously, Sarah and I will talk about it. We have a little bit. It would have to be ideal for both. It would have to be something that is definitely going to help this organization down the road and something that’s going to fit for us, which is, right now, here. I know the talk’s going to come. I’ve already been hearing it. So we can address it now. I doubt it. We’re committed here. We’ve got an event in September. So I’ll just leave it at that. I don’t see it. I don’t see it happening.”
Pitcher Andrew Cashner is in town. He was in the dugout last night. The plan is for him to see the team doctor today, and if that goes well, he’ll start playing catch Friday. He’ll also accompany the team on the road trip to Washington and Pittsburgh. There is no timetable for his return.
Manager Mike Quade said that Marlon Byrd is most likely to return next Monday at Washington and not this weekend against the White Sox.
Q also addressed taking Ryan Dempster out in the ninth after only 83 pitches last night. Pat Burrell led off with a double, and Q turned to Carlos Marmol, who gave up a run to suffer a blown save.
“I had a mindset when he went out there as to what I was going to do,” Q said. “You never like to see a leadoff walk. A basehit there, and I’m going to give him another hitter. But the extra-basehit, to put somebody in scoring position, I think I got to go to the guy who gets paid to get people out in the ninth. Demp wants to compete and get that thing. I’m thinking, ‘I don’t want him to get the loss.’ Short of an extra-basehit to start it, he gets another hitter, at least.”
Against the Sox, the Cubs will go with Wells, Garza and Lopez. The Sox go with Jackson, Humber and Floyd.
Big Z is looking for his third straight quality start. In the quality-start department, the Cubs are 21-9 when they get one, and the starters have an ERA of 2.05 in those starts. When the Cubs don’t get a quality start, they’re 12-39, and the starters have an ERA of 7.93 in those starts.
From the game notes: The Cubs have outhomered their opponents 29-16 in 22 games since June 8. That’s an average of 1.3 homers per game for the Cubs after they averaged 0.7 per game in the first 59 games…Carlos Pena is the first Cub ever to reach 17 homers before July after hitting none in April. He’s the first major-leaguer to do so since Texas’ Juan Gonzalez in 1997…Starlin Castro’s 106 hits rank second in the NL and third in the majors. Since June 5, Castro is batting .343 (.34-for-99) with an OBP of .383…Aramis Ramirez is 2 homers short of 300 for his career.
Class A Peoria got to play at Miller Park in Milwaukee last night. The Chiefs fell to Wisconsin 5-1. Matt Szczur (.324) extended a hitting streak to four games, going 2-for-4 with a double. I look for Szczur to be promoted to Class A Daytona well before the season is out, based on my conversations with Cubs people. Rubi Silva (.290) extended a hitting streak to six games, going 2-for-4 with a triple.
Tennessee beat Carolina 3-1. Lefty Brooks Raley improved to 5-5 with a 4.16 ERA. He worked 6.2 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 unearned run while walking none and striking out two.
"Raley threw his best game of the year, and it was much-needed." Smokies manager Brian Harper told the Knoxville News Sentinel. "Our bullpen's been used a lot the last few days and Raley getting us into the seventh inning was huge. We made a couple of errors behind him, but he picked us up."
"I think I've just simplified things," Raley told the paper. "Out of the gate, I got off to a rough start. I started in Chattanooga and got roughed up a little bit. It's a process. You get a little confidence on your side, catch a couple of breaks, keep working hard and things start to go the way you want them to." Raley was a sixth-rounder in 2009 out of Texas A&M.
Rebel Ridling (.303) had his third straight multihit game, going 3-for-4 with a double. Steve Clevenger (.302) was 1-for-2 with a walk and a triple. Josh Vitters (.279) was 1-for-3 with an RBI (35). Rafael Dolis notched his ninth save.
Daytona fell 10-3 to Tampa. Brett Wallach lasted just 3.1 innings, giving up 10 hits and 8 runs.
Boise lost 5-3 to Tri-City. Reggie Golden was 3-for-3 with a walk and a double. Golden was a second-rounder last year.