CHICAGO -- Blake DeWitt lost his job because of the flu.
DeWitt was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Sunday to make room on the 25-man roster for Travis Wood, who started the series finale against the Dodgers. Matt Garza was scheduled to start but had to be scratched because he was sick with the flu that has spread through the Cubs clubhouse.
Wood, acquired from the Reds last December in the Sean Marshall deal, was called up from Triple-A Iowa, where he was 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA in five games.
This is the second time this year the Cubs have designated DeWitt. He also was designated for assignment Feb. 6 to make room on the 40-man when the Cubs claimed infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Athletics. He rejoined the team Feb. 23 as a non-roster Spring Training invitee after clearing waivers.
In 18 games this year, DeWitt was batting .138 with one double and one RBI.
"Hopefully, he clears waivers and elects to stay with us," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. "It's an unfortunate thing, and more than anything, it's because of the flu bug. It cost a guy a job in the big leagues. It was our only chance to do anything."
Garza, 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts, last pitched April 29 against the Phillies when he struck out 10 and gave up one hit over seven innings in the win. He is scheduled to open the Cubs series on Friday against the Brewers.