7/2 Cubs extra bases
* Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada could start one of the Cubs’ games of a make-up doubleheader next Tuesday in Cincinnati. Wada was 9-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 16 starts for Triple-A Iowa.
“He’s a candidate to make a start potentially for the doubleheader in Cincinnati and beyond that, we’ll see,” GM Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. “We haven’t made any official decisions but he’s certainly in the running.”
Last Saturday, Dallas Beeler was promoted from Iowa to start the first game of a day-night twinbill against the Nationals.
* Emilio Bonifacio is continuing to make progress in his rehab from a right oblique strain, and was working out in Mesa, Ariz., at the team’s complex. There is no timetable for his return.
* Neil Ramirez didn’t notice David Ortiz when he left the batter’s box early in the eighth inning Tuesday. The count was 3-0, and Ortiz apparently didn’t want to wait for ball four, and got a head start to first.
“I didn’t notice it when I was out there,” Ramirez said. “Looking at video last night, I saw what he did. … It didn’t bother me. We knew going at him that we weren’t going to give him anything good to hit. Once it got to 3-0, it was, make a pitch down, so if he swings at it, make it something he can’t do much damage with. I think he figured we were going to throw a ball. It doesn’t bother me.”
And the next time Ramirez faces Ortiz?
“I’ll try to get him out,” Ramirez said.
— Carrie Muskat