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Cubs manager Dale Sveum to give Travis Wood a breather

Travis Wood

Travis Wood

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The starters: Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (8-0, 1.71).

Updated: July 3, 2013 7:07AM



With two days off next week, the Cubs will give left-hander Travis Wood extra time off, skipping him until the home game Friday against the Pirates.

‘‘He’s pitched a lot of innings already [72] and thrown a lot of pitches in those games in a lot of stressful innings,’’ manager Dale Sveum said. ‘‘And he’s been on the bases a lot in the games he’s pitched.’’

Edwin Jackson will pitch Sunday against the Diamondbacks before a two-game series in Anaheim in which Scott Feldman (Tuesday) and Matt Garza (Wednesday) will work against the Angels’ predominantly right-handed lineup. The Cubs have another day off Thursday.

‘‘It works out,’’ said Sveum, who added that Wood has no health issues. ‘‘You’re always going to try, when everything works out, to give somebody extra time off. It’s a good time — two months into the season — to give him a little breather.’’

Pen shuffling

Forearm strains seem to have become contagious in the bullpen. The latest victim is Rafael Dolis, who was put on the disabled list Saturday.

‘‘That’s part of bullpens now,’’ Sveum said.

The Cubs recalled right-hander Blake Parker from Class AAA Iowa a day after recalling Zach Putnam to take over for Alex Burnett, who was designated for assignment Saturday.

Parker had a 2.04 ERA with seven saves at Iowa, and Putnam had a 3.26 ERA and four saves, but he had an ERA of 0.82 in his last 10 outings.

‘‘To have the depth in Putnam and Parker, the way they’ve been throwing, is nice to have,’’ Sveum said.

Parker, 27, was drafted by the Cubs in 2006 and made his major-league debut last season.

He holds Iowa’s franchise record for saves with 41.

Putnam, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Rockies in November 2012.

Sori’s somethin’

Alfonso Soriano needed one home run entering the game Saturday to tie Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez for 64th on the all-time list (379).

Sveum considers Soriano a special player already.

‘‘What he did last year at that age [36] and what he did after May 15 [hitting all his 32 homers] was about as impressive as you can get,’’ Sveum said.



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