Cubs Recall LHP Travis Wood, Infielder Blake Dewitt Designated for Assignment

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled left-handed pitcher Travis Wood from Triple-A Iowa.  To make room for Wood on the roster, infielder Blake DeWitt has been designated for assignment.

Wood, who will wear uniform number 30, will make the start for the Cubs this afternoon against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

The 25-year-old Wood was acquired from Cincinnati last December as part of the trade that sent left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall to the Reds.  Wood began the season by making five starts with Iowa, going 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA (16 ER/28.1 IP).  He struck out 30 batters and walked only eight in 28.1 innings pitched.

Wood is 11-10 with a 4.18 ERA (97 ER/208.2 IP) in 39 games (35 starts) in parts of two major league seasons with the Reds (2010-11).  The southpaw has held opponents to a .258 batting average against and .318 on-base percentage, walking only 66 batters in 208.2 innings pitched, an average of 2.8 walks per nine innings.  Wood has limited left-handed hitters to a .232 batting average and righthanders to a .264 mark.

Originally selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the 2005 Draft out of high school, Wood was named Cincinnati’s 2009 Minor League Pitcher of the Year and the Southern League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher after combining to go 13-5 with a 1.77 ERA (33 ER/167.2 IP) in 27 starts between Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville.

Wood made his major league debut with the Reds in 2010 at the age of 23, going 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA (40 ER/102.2 IP) in 17 starts for the N.L. Central Division winners.  He ranked among the N.L.’s rookie leaders in opponents batting average (.222, second), ERA (fifth), starts (tied for seventh) and innings pitched (seventh).

DeWitt, 26, is batting .138 (4-for-29) with one double and one RBI in 18 games for the Cubs this season.