Cubs alter rotation to give Wood extra rest

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have changed their rotation slots for the upcoming week.

Due to a higher pitch count than usual this season, Travis Wood will flip flop with Matt Garza in next week’s rotation. Garza will pitch in Anaheim against the Angels on Thursday while Wood will have seven days of rest and face Pittsburgh at Wrigley Field on Friday.

(Wood) has pitched a lot of innings already and has thrown a lot of pitches in those games,” said Cubs manager Dale Sveum. “He has had a lot of stressful innings too. We just want to give him a few extra days.”

The Cubs are taking advantage of a quirky schedule that has them off on Monday and Thursday with a 3,600 mile two-game roundtrip to California in the middle of two homestands.

The rotation now sets up with Jeff Samardzija this evening, followed by Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman, Garza and Wood.

Wood and Samardzija lead the pitching staff with 72 innings pitched prior to Saturday’s action.