By Paul LaTour
Left-hander Travis Wood will make his first start at Wrigley Field in a Cubs uniform Sunday, replacing scheduled starter Matt Garza.
As Garza continues to recover from a virus, the Cubs promoted Wood from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.
Its unfortunate that hes not feeling well, but hopefully I can step in and give them a strong outing, said Wood, who was acquired in a trade with the Reds in the offseason. Most of all its a big game (Sunday). If we win, we take the series.
Wood was 1-3 with a 5.08 earned-run average in five starts for Iowa. He has allowed 35 hits and eight walks with 30 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.
The ball was coming out well, the pitches were working well, Wood said of his time in Iowa. I feel better (than in spring training), more relaxed, Im able to command the fastball, off speed (pitches) are working. So everything is feeling good right now.
In parts of two major-league seasons with the Reds, Wood accrued an 11-10 record and 4.18 ERA with 66 walks and 163 strikeouts in 208.2 innings with Cincinnati in 2010 and 2011. His best season came in 2010 when he was 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 17 starts.
This will be Woods third start at Wrigley. He won both starts he made with the Reds in 2010.
On July 1, 2010 he earned the win in his major-league debut with a two-hit, seven-inning effort in the Reds 3-2 victory. He picked up another win Aug. 8, 2010 throwing 6 13 innings in an 11-4 victory.
Garza will miss his start completely after being pushed back from Saturday already. Manager Dale Sveum said he expects Garza to start Friday when the Cubs open a three-game series in Milwaukee.