Adam Greenberg, who was hit by a pitch in his only big league at-bat with the Cubs in 2005, signed a one-day contract with the Marlins and will get another at-bat on Tuesday.
"It's nice for him," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Thursday of Greenberg, whose only Major League appearance was July 7, 2005, against the Marlins in Miami. "I wish him the best. It'll be a pretty cool thing for him. It'll be a fitting day for him and wish him all the best."
In his 30 years in the game, Sveum had not seen a baserunner get thrown out at third trying to advance on a sacrifice fly to left, but the Cubs have made the gaffe twice in two weeks. Joe Mather did so Wednesday.
"If you brought it up in a group session, there would be a lot of eyes rolled, but unfortunately, it's been a reality the last couple weeks," Sveum said. "It's almost a learning tool -- it's like, 'All right, don't be rolling your eyes, this actually happened the last two weeks.'"
Travis Wood will open the Cubs series on Friday at Arizona, and said he's ignoring his record, and focusing on what he's learned this season.
"Forget the numbers," said Wood, who is 6-12 with a 4.23 ERA. "The experience is the key part. Everybody tries to finish strong, and you want to take that into the offseason and get ready for the next season."