Cubs’ Wood would be available for All-Star duty
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org July 9, 2013 10:25PM
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Updated: July 9, 2013 11:58PM
On second thought, the Cubs plan to have an All-Star participate in the big game in New York.
One day after suggesting that Travis Wood, their lone All-Star, wouldn’t be allowed to pitch because he’s starting Sunday night, the Cubs said they expect the left-hander to be available for up to one inning.
Apparently, few — including media — knew the “Sunday pitcher rule” had been added to the latest collective-bargaining agreement, allowing All-Star selections starting games the previous Sunday to pitch up to one inning in the game two days later.
“That is a side day, so I would be available, but we’ll see what the organization wants me to do,” said Wood, who earned the win with 62/3 strong innings in the Cubs’ 7-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. “I would like to pitch, but the ultimate goal is the season for the Cubs.”
Said manager Dale Sveum: “I’ve got no problem [with him] pitching one inning or 20 pitches, just the same as you’d pitch your side [day].”
Wood (6-6, 2.69 ERA) became the first Cub with 17 quality starts before the All-Star break since Greg Maddux 25 years ago.
“I didn’t know that stat,” Wood said. “Now that you say that, it’s pretty exciting.”
Alfonso Soriano’s first-inning homer was the 386th of his career, breaking a tie with Dwight Evans for 58th on the all-time list. Next up is Johnny Bench at 390. Soriano added a solo shot in the seventh, giving him three homers in two days and seven in 10 games.
◆ Catcher Welington Castillo, who missed the game Monday after getting dehydrated and ill, said he was better Tuesday but got an extra day off.
◆ Class A outfielder Albert Almora, the No. 6 overall pick last year, used a day off on the Kane County schedule to watch the game at Wrigley Field with his parents.
◆ Outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who has missed the last five games because of a hamstring injury, was available to pinch-hit and could return to the lineup Thursday, Sveum said.