Travis Wood’s schedule likely to scratch him from All-Star Game
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org
Leave it to the Cubs to find a way in the age of mandatory All-Star representatives to have nobody in the game.
Because All-Star Travis Wood starts Sunday in the team’s final game before the break, the Cubs and Wood intend to invoke his right to be held out of the game — barring a rainout that prevents him from pitching Sunday.
San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo is expected to take Wood’s place on the National League’s 13-man active pitching roster.
One more reason for Chicago fans to tune out Tuesday’s classic in New York?
“Those things happen,” manager Dale Sveum said. “You don’t have control over that.”
Until this year, pitchers who started Sunday were ineligible for the Tuesday game. But a clause in the new collective bargaining agreement allows such players to pitch one inning in the game.
“The good thing about it is he’ll be pitching Sunday night,” Sveum said of the nationally televised game, “which is a pretty good venue for a guy that obviously deserves just as much as anybody to be in the game. To pitch Sunday night against the Cardinals leading into the All-Star Game — that’s about as good as you can get other than playing in it.”
Sveum said he didn’t consider trying to adjust Wood’s schedule to keep him from pitching Sunday, especially with no off days between Saturday’s selection and the break.
“We didn’t really have the ability to do that really,” he said. “Hopefully, he gets to pitch in a lot more All-Star games. You try not to adjust things for something like that even though obviously he made the team and it’s going to be a great experience.”
Wood (5-6, 2.69), who pitches Tuesday’s opener of a two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field, leads the majors with 17 quality starts in 18 outings.