Rain may bring Wood

Kerry Wood tried to lobby Lou to allow him to return on Monday. Lou denied his request. But the forces of nature may force Lou to make the call on Tuesday. While the Cubs only used two relief pitchers (Gaudin and Cotts) in the rain-shortened game, a late night and a quick turn-around may force the Cubs to pull Wood off the D.L. out of need. Marmol had pitched in 3 consecutive games before last night and Jeff ND pitched over 2 innings on Sunday, meaning that the Cubs could use those guys, but may be better off with another day off. Curiously, Erye has only pitched once since his return and Marshall has only pitched once in the last 9 days, meaning that essentially Lou has gone with a 5 man 'pen. Presumably, it will be Cotts or Marshall who will head back to Iowa when Wood is activated.

1:10 PM CT UPDATE: The Cubs have indeed activated Wood, but instead of sending down one of their young lefty's, they DFA'd their old one, Scott Erye. More on the Erye situation to come...

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