Cherry Optioned….Wood to be Activated

According to a report on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, the Cubs optioned Rocky Cherry to Triple-A Iowa after Thursday’s loss to the Phillies to make room on the active roster for Kerry Wood on Friday.

Wood is currently on the 60-day DL and it will require another roster move before the Cubs can add Wood to the 25-man roster for Friday.

Lou Piniella recently mentioned the Cubs could carry 13 pitchers on their roster. Piniella backed off a little from that statement on Thursday but with Sean Marshall’s short outing on Thursday, Piniella might revisit that idea.

The Cubs do not have a long man out of the pen and while the addition of Kerry Wood gives them another power arm in late innings (and on paper a very dominant back end of the pen) it also puts more importance on getting quality outings out of their starters.

Will update if more information becomes available….

Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax