Cubs add game to take look at pitchers

MESA, Ariz. -- With so many starting pitchers to look at, the Chicago Cubs have added a “B” game to the schedule Monday morning against the Cleveland Indians.

Randy Wells will make the 10 a.m. local time start at Goodyear. That means Travis Wood will start in the regularly-scheduled Cactus League game at Peoria against the Seattle Mariners at 1:05 p.m.

It figures to be Wood’s last chance to show that he is worthy of a spot in the major league rotation. He has given up seven runs (six earned) over 2 2/3 innings in two Cactus League appearances and has walked four batters.

Wood has vowed to get it going after struggling against the Milwaukee Brewers in his last outing. Manager Dale Sveum is trying to keep an open mind with Wood, saying the results have not matched his talent level.

Wood was acquired in the offseason, along with two others, from the Cincinnati Reds in a deal meant to bolster major league-ready starting pitching that is still under contract control by the club. The move cost the Cubs dependable late-inning left-hander Sean Marshall.