UPDATE: On reaching the clubhouse today, we were greeted with the news that Kerry Wood will miss the remaining nine games of the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee. He’ll remain with the team but will have arthroscopic surgery shortly after the season ends. Wood said he hurt the knee bending down Saturday although he said he has been dealing with it since spring.
“It’s one of those things,” Wood said. “I squatted down and stood up and, ‘Pop.’ Sharp pain and burning. “I’m glad it happened now instead of getting through the season and going into spring and having something happen in spring.”
Wood is at the end of a one-year, $1.5 million contract he signed last winter with then-GM Jim Hendry. He said today he’ll pitch for the Cubs next year but no one else. He then laughed at himself for hurting his bargaining leverage.
With Class AA Tennessee's season having ended last night as they fell to Mobile in the Southern League championship series, the Cubs today have called up catcher Steve Clevenger and reliever Rafael Dolis from Tennessee. Dolis already was on the 40-man roster while the Cubs had to add Clevenger. The 40-man roster stands at 40.
Clevenger, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Cubs in 2006. He's looking to make his major-league debut, as is Dolis, 23, who was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2004. We'll get to them in a bit and be back with updates later. Lineup vs. left Chris Narveson:
With the Brewers having a chance to clinch the NL Central at Wrigley Field this week, manager Mike Quade said there will be no "kids days." So look for mostly veterans in the lineup, at least for these three games.
Clevenger is a left-handed batter who was a midseason all-star in the Southern League. In 95 games at Tennessee, he had a line of .295/.363/.449 with 5 homers. In 25 games at Class AAA Iowa, he had a line of .407/.454/.570 with 3 homers. It will be interesting to see how much, if any, playing time Clevenger gets. The Cubs hardly used catcher Welington Castillo earlier this year, when Geovany Soto was hurt. Soto, by the way, has a line of .218/304/.392 with 15 homers and 47 RBI.
Dolis went 8-5 with 17 saves and a 3.22 ERA in 51 appearances (4 starts) with Tennessee. He tied for third in the league in saves. Dolis limited opponents to a .227 batting average, including a .222 by left-handers and .231 mark by rightanders.