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Cubs move Travis Wood to the bullpen

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Cubs move Travis Wood to the bullpen

The Cubs are moving Travis Wood out of the rotation and into the bullpen.

Wood has struggled to the tune of a 5.59 ERA and 1.29 WHIP as a starter this season. 

After a 3.04 ERA in four April starts, Wood carries a 10.13 ERA in May, surrendering 15 earned runs and six homers in 13.1 innings across three starts.

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Wood was an All-Star in 2013, accounting for 200 innings with a 3.11 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. But he took a step back last season, going 8-13 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Wada is expected to join the rotation in Wood's place, but no official word will be made until Sunday.

The Cubs signed Wada to a one-year, $4 million deal in the offseason, but the 34-year-old starter was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury to start the season. His last rehab start was Thursday with Triple-A Iowa. 

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Wada impressed in 13 starts down the stretch for the Cubs in 2014, going 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. He initially signed with the Orioles out of Japan, but his career in Baltimore was derailed by arm injuries, including a Tommy John surgery in May 2012.

Wood appeared in relief Saturday and picked up his first career save, working a perfect ninth inning.

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

Report: Giants interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for manager opening

The Giants' search for a successor to now-retired manager Bruce Bochy has led them to the North Side.

According to NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic, the Giants are interested in Cubs first base coach Will Venable for their own managerial opening. San Francisco's interest is intriguing, as Venable went to high school just outside San Francisco in nearby San Rafael. His father — Max Venable — played for the Giants from 1979-83. 

Venable also interviewed for the Cubs' manager job earlier this month, telling the Chicago Sun-Times that his interest is in the "organization in general." He is one of several internal candidates for the Cubs' job, along with bench coach Mark Loretta and front office assistant David Ross.

The Cubs also interviewed Joe Girardi and are set to meet with Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.

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Former Cub Mark Prior likely to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

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Former Cub Mark Prior likely to take over as Dodgers pitching coach in 2020

Mark Prior's big-league playing career unfortunately fizzled out due to recurring injury woes, but he's making a name for himself in the coaching realm.

With Dodgers current pitching coach Rick Honeycutt transitioning into a new role, Prior is expected to takeover the position starting next season.

Cubs fans know the story of Prior's playing career all too well. The Cubs drafted him second overall in the 2001, with Prior making his MLB debut just a season later. He went on to dominate in 2003, posting an 18-6 record, 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 30 starts, a season in which he made the All-Star Game and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

However, Prior's season ended on a sour note, as he was on the mound during the Steve Bartman incident in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. Prior exited the game with a 3-1 lead, but the Cubs surrendered seven more runs that inning, eventually falling to the Marlins 8-3 before losing Game 7 the next day. 

Prior struggled to stay healthy after 2003, eventually retiring in 2013 after multiple comeback attempts. While many blame his injury-riddled career on former Cubs manager Dusty Baker, Prior does not. 

While we can only wonder what could've been with Prior to the pitcher, it's good to see him still making an impact in baseball in some fashion.

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