3/29 Wells: “It’s a shock”
Randy Wells was surprised to be told he was headed to Triple-A Iowa and not going to be on the big league roster.
“It was obviously a shock,” Wells said. “Things didn’t work out. I’ve got to go down and get stretched back out and try to get built up and make some starts and hopefully be ready when they need me.”
Did he feel he got enough of a chance?
“It’s not up to me,” Wells said. “I can’t force my way into the lineup. They obviously had a plan and they have a direction they want to go and I’ll go down and work hard and continue to get better and hopefully when they need me, I’ll come up and be ready.
“Usually when this happens, you’ve had a rough spring or haven’t been pitching well,” he said. “I feel I’ve thrown the ball well in a variety of different roles. I’m not going to sit here and lie and be the guy who says I’m not disappointed because I am. It is what it is. It’s a point in your career where you have to buckle down and you know what you have to do. It’s a wakeup call to see it’s not that easy to stay here. Hopefully next time I get called up, it’s the last time I have to deal with this.”
Wells knows the importance of having depth on the roster. He was hurt after his first start last year with the Cubs and the team had to scramble to find replacements.
“You never wish anything like that happens on an organization or a team, what happened last year, but the reality is things happen and you’ve got to be ready when they call your name,” he said. “In 2009, the same kind of thing, I went down to Triple-A, started off good and came up and never looked back. We’ll just see what happens.”
— Carrie Muskat