7/8 Wood can’t pitch in All-Star Game

Travis Wood is an All-Star but he won’t be able to pitch in the July 16 game. Wood is scheduled to start Sunday night against the Cardinals, and Major League Baseball has a rule that pitchers who start the Sunday before the game cannot pitch in it.

“Obviously, if there are no rain outs or anything like that, he’ll pitch Sunday, so obviously he won’t be able to pitch [in the All-Star Game],” Dale Sveum said. “The good thing about it is he’ll be pitching Sunday night, which is a pretty good venue for a guy who deserves as much as anybody to be in the [All-Star] Game, and to pitch Sunday night against the Cardinals leading into the All-Star Game is promoting the All-Star Game as much as anything. That’s about as good as you can get other than playing in it.”

The Cubs aren’t going to tweak the schedule so Wood can get one inning in the game, to be played at Citi Field.

“Hopefully, he gets to pitch in a lot more All-Star Games,” Sveum said. “He made the team, and it’s going to be a great experience. Whenever you go for the first time, it’s an unbelievable experience. Sunday night will be a good venue to let him showcase and let everybody know he’s in the All-Star Game.”

— Carrie Muskat

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