In Spring Training, the Cubs were considering putting Randy Wells in the bullpen with the big league team.
“It’s probably best he got sent out because he got stretched out in Iowa,” Lou Piniella said.
Wells made five starts for the Triple-A team, and was called up in early May when Carlos Zambrano went on the disabled list and the Cubs needed a starter. On Monday, Wells won his fourth straight start in the Cubs’ 4-2 victory over the Braves.
“It’s rewarding for me,” Wells said. “It’s been a long journey. As far as being pleased, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
He was Triple-A Iowa’s swingman last year.
“Sitting down in Iowa for three or four years, you’re on the cusp and you just want that shot,” he said. “That’s all you want — a shot to show you can play. … When you get your opportunity, you have to make the most of it and hope everything works out.”
The right-hander is the first Cubs rookie pitcher to win four in a row since Kerry Wood did so in 1998.
“I’m just trying to keep it simple,” Wells said. “In my own psyche, I can’t go out there and say I’m a huge part of this team. I can’t do it. I have to concentrate on what I can do, which is every fifth day, make a quality start.”
— Carrie Muskat