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

8 Comments

I have been okay with many of the moves so far, but this one is a load of crap. I suspect management is sending a message to the young players with this decision. I just hope this is not the beginning of the same comedy of errors we have had to live with in the past. i am a VERY disapointed Cub fan. :-(

actually they are giving Wells some time to work on things. Wells had a option left so management took advantage of it. Actually kind of makes sense and keeps depth in our rotation. As soon as someone goes down expect Wells back up on the ML roster pitching in the #5 spot. Volstad and Maholm are pitching well and Wells needs to work on some things…. its win win for the Cubs.

petrey 10 is exactly right, everyone that made the starting rotation made their case more strongly than Wells. I look at this as Wells being next in line should somebody fail, get hurt or get traded. No shock here. Wells can’t say he wasn’t given ample time over the last few years to make his move. He pitched well for the most part but never was an “eye opener”, more like a pleasant surprise.

I don’t get it. They let him pitch only 7 innings and he gave up no runs. Where did he fall short?

This is a great move, IMO. It shouldn’t really be a shock since Wells hasn’t performed well since 2009. To keep a starting job I’m sure he could have made a better case if he showed a sense of urgency like Samardzija to work on his stuff this year, but you can’t expect to be owed anything when you pitch with a 4.99 and 4.29 ERA the last two years in the majors. I’m sure his mindset and work ethic played a part too. This is a great example of the regime looking at the entire picture. He’ll pitch in the minors until someone gets hurt, or he’s traded.

petrey10 is right. Wells did have an option left, does have things to work on, and Volstad and Samardzija were very impressive. As for the total innings, Wells also threw in Minor League camp (as did Volstad, Maholm and Dempster, so they weren’t playing favorites). Keep in mind what happened last year. They need to have backups.

I don’t think it’s a matter of Wells falling short, more like Volstad and Samardizja both showing more of an upside if put in the rotation. Wells may very well be traded or he may re-focus and force a promotion. This is not a bad thing to have happen to a team, I think it is more of shock that the SITUATION exists more so than Wells himself being demoted. Samardizja’s emergence last season and Zambrano’s trade for Volstad was the writing on the wall for Wells.

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