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Randy Wells isn’t enjoying stint with Iowa

Randy Wells (2-2 7.71 ERA) hasn’t taken advantage Chris Volstad’s struggles with Cubs. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

Randy Wells (2-2, 7.71 ERA) hasn’t taken advantage of Chris Volstad’s struggles with the Cubs. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: June 17, 2012 8:22AM



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Randy Wells can’t hide his displeasure while biding his time at Class AAA Iowa after spending the last three seasons with the Cubs.

‘‘It sucks, but it’s part of the game,’’ Wells said. ‘‘Hanging your head and ­being ­upset with it isn’t ­going to do you any good. If you come down here and don’t pitch well, you’re ­pretty much burying yourself.’’

Wells continued to bury himself Tuesday, allowing seven runs and eight hits in five innings of a 9-4 loss against the Sacramento ­River Cats.

A solid outing Tuesday would have gone a long way toward returning Wells to the Cubs’ rotation.

‘‘You just have to take it in stride and do what they ask,’’ he said before the outing.

Wells won’t say it, but he’s well aware of the struggles Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92 ERA) is having. The Cubs are 0-7 in games started by Volstad, who was acquired from the Miami Marlins in the Carlos Zambrano trade.

Volstad’s projected upside is the key reason Wells seemed to have little opportunity to earn a rotation spot in spring training.

Volstad’s struggles could re-open the door for Wells, though Wells fell to 2-2 with a 7.71 ERA in six starts for Class AAA Iowa. Travis Wood or Casey Coleman also could be considered.

Volstad, who has just one quality start, has a minor-league option left.

‘‘There’s options. There’s things you can try and other people you can try,’’ Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of a possible change in the rotation if Volstad, who pitches Thursday, continues to struggle.

‘‘When that time comes, we don’t know.’’

Contributing: Gordon Wittenmyer



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