Cubs' options limited after Wells struggles

June, 26, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- After another tentative outing from Randy Wells on Tuesday, the Cubs will likely use this week’s off day to their advantage.

Since Ryan Dempster is still expected to miss another start because of a sore right latissimus dorsi muscle, the Cubs will continue to have rotation questions. But manager Dale Sveum suggested the club can go with four starters if Dempster can return by Tuesday of next week.

“I don’t know what we do now,” Sveum said. “We have a few days to think about it and talk about it. The day off (Thursday) we might not even need (a fifth starter). We’ll sit down and see what we come up with.”

Wells was given two starts in place of Dempster and walked four in each of them. When he walked Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee with no outs in the fourth inning, he was removed from the game.

“I just continue to make dumb pitches that are getting me in bad counts and I’m having to work that much harder to squeeze by innings,” Wells said. “It’s easy to sit here and dwell on the negatives. It obviously wasn’t a good start. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But we scratched out a win.”

Give Wells credit for pointing out all the positives around him. There were the two hits and the go-ahead RBI from Anthony Rizzo in his Cubs debut. There was the first career victory for reliever Scott Maine. And there was the 100th career save for closer Carlos Marmol that came despite walking the leadoff man in the ninth inning.

“I’m not going to sit here and beat myself up or dwell on the negatives,” Wells said. “It’s pretty obvious that when you walk four guys and walk the pitcher trying to sacrifice, you’re trying to do too much, trying to be too fine and not trusting your stuff.”

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167