7/9 Wood OK for All-Star Game
Travis Wood may get a chance to pitch in the All-Star Game after all. Manager Dale Sveum said Tuesday that the left-hander, who will be the Cubs’ sole representative in the July 16 game at Citi Field, could pitch one inning or face one batter, depending on what National League manager Bruce Bochy needs.
Wood is scheduled to pitch Sunday night against the Cardinals, the last game before the break. The All-Star Game is the following Tuesday, which would be his side day.
“It will all depend on how Sunday goes,” Sveum said about how much Wood can pitch for the NL team. “Bochy can use him for a left-handed hitter. It’s going to be a side day anyway. I’ve got no problem with him pitching one inning, or 20 pitches. He goes all out on his side days anyways.”
On Monday, Sveum said Wood most likely would not pitch in the game because of his regular season start on Sunday night, saying that would be a good showcase for the left-hander.
Wood, who started Tuesday against the Angels at Wrigley Field, may also try to lobby with Bochy for at least one batter.
“That’s all Bochy — he has control over that,” Sveum said.
– Carrie Muskat