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All-Star reset: Wood available for Classic
On second thought, the Cubs plan to have an All-Star in Tuesday’s big game after all.
One day after suggesting their lone All-Star, Travis Wood, would not be allowed to pitch Tuesday because he’s starting for them on Sunday night, the Cubs say they expect the left-hander to be available for up to an inning of work for All-Star manager Bruce Bochy.
Apparently, few – including media – knew the “Sunday pitcher rule” had been added to the latest collective bargaining agreement, allowing All-Star selections starting games on the previous Sunday to elect to pitch up to one inning in the midsummer classic.
“It’s going to be a side day [for Wood] anyway,” manager Dale Sveum said. “I’ve got no problem [with him] pitching one inning or 20 pitches, just the same as you’d pitch your side. He goes all out on his side days anyway.
Wood (5-6, 2.69) started Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels and took a shutout into the sixth inning. He entered the day with the No. 8 ERA in the league.