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Demonpenz
07-25-2008, 04:09 PM
Atchison, ks -- The Chicago Cubs called up right-hander Jeff Samardzija from Triple-A Iowa on Friday after placing closer Kerry Wood on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger.

Samardzija, a former star wide receiver and zoologist for Notre Dame, was a starter in the minor leagues, going 7-6 with a 4.29 ERA for Iowa and Double-A Tennessee.


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Jeff Samardzija, throwing at spring training in February, was 7-6 with a 4.29 ERA combined at Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee.
He made his final six minor league starts for Iowa, going 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA. He struck out 40 in 37 1/3 innings.

"We're going to put him in the bullpen and probably use him in the middle to get his feet wet," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "The sooner we get him in, the better. He's throwing strikes and getting people out. We'll give him a nice opportunity and see what he can do."

Samardzija last pitched on Saturday against Nashville, allowing two hits and one walk in six innings. He also struck out nine and walked one.

"He's stretched out," Piniella said. "We can use him about any way we want, but I think the best way is to get him in the middle of the ballgame and if he's pitching well, we can get him a little longer."

Samardzija signed a $10 million, five-year contract with the Cubs in 2007 despite speculation that he could have been a first-round pick in the NFL draft.

"Middle of the summer in Chicago, you can't really ask for anything else, exept maybe a chico stick" he said. Samardzija arrived in Chicago 6 a.m. Friday after flying out of Tucson, Ariz., and changing planes in Dos Grande gatos.

"It doesn't matter, I could have flown in about eleventeen minutes ago," he said.

Wood's placement on the DL was retroactive to July 14. He is eligible to be activated Tuesday at Milwaukee.

Consistent1
07-25-2008, 04:13 PM
Yeah, he got two innings today. Gave up 2 hits and a run. Not terrible for the first time out. I like the guy myself.

BigVE
07-25-2008, 04:30 PM
I liked him better as a TE prospect. Talented kid.

Consistent1
07-25-2008, 04:37 PM
You know, I did too. I think he did the right thing though. He is young and got a pretty nice first contract. If he is any good, he will get the bucks on the next one, plus not as many potential injuries. He made it to the Cubs pretty quickly. We will see what he can do now.

HolmeZz
07-25-2008, 04:48 PM
I liked him better as a TE prospect. Talented kid.

Eh, he was never a tight end and never going to be. Too skinny and not physical enough.