In what should be no surprise, the Cubs placed Kerry Wood on the 15 day DL with what was described as right shoulder fatigue. The Cubs have recalled Scott Maine from Iowa, whom we pegged as the top candidate to be recalled earlier this week.
Here is what I said about Maine at the time,
Maine is already on the 40 man roster so he wouldn't necessitate any maneuvering. He's also an older "prospect" in that he's already 27. This isn't a developing player the Cubs are in danger of bringing up too soon. Maine struggled with his control early on but has righted the ship recently. He has an acceptable walk rate of 2.84 versus a 7.11 strikeout rate. He has also put up a 4.50 G/F ratio and has allowed just 2 hits in 6 2/3 innings. All told it adds up to a 1.42 ERA and a miniscule 0.68 WHIP. It also helps that Maine is lefty with the Cubs only having James Russell in the pen. Russell has been the most reliable member of the bullpen and the Cubs may need him as more than just a lefty specialist.
Although also a lefty, Maine adds a different dimension than Russell in that he is a power pitcher who relies on a 92-93 mph fastball. In the past, he has touched as high as 97 mph, though he seems to be more effective at the lower velocity where he has better command. He also throws a slider and a change.
I think this is the right move as it allows Jeff Beliveau, who has also been very effective at Iowa, some more time to develop. Maine is 27 and is MLB ready. His issue had been control, but he had not walked a batter in his last 2 appearances.
Maine should be ready to pitch today if needed.
Update: Dave Van Dyck from the Chicago Tribune is reporting Dempster may also be hurt...
Dempster has a sore right quadricep and had an MRI examination to determine the extent of the injury.Randy Wells is in town just in case Dempster can't make his Sunday start.
Wells has struggled at Iowa with a 9.42 ERA. His peripherals don't look as bad as that ERA would indicate, but Wells has left the ball up too much and it's resulted in more than his share of extra base hits allowed.
(h/t to reader/contributor Just Win)