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Article posted: 7/5/2013 8:25 PM

Sveum says Wood should be Cubs' all-star

Travis Wood, who has 16 quality starts in 17 outings this season, should represent the Cubs on the National League all-star team according to manager Dale Sveum.

Travis Wood, who has 16 quality starts in 17 outings this season, should represent the Cubs on the National League all-star team according to manager Dale Sveum.

 

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Selections for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game will be made Saturday.

The Cubs likely are to get one player named, and as far as manager Dale Sveum is concerned, it should be left-handed pitcher Travis Wood.

"He's our all-star," Sveum said before Friday's 6-2 loss to the Pirates. "He's been the most consistent. He hasn't had a bad outing. Knock on wood. I don't care who you are, it's hard to go out there and whatever it's been, 16-17 starts, and not have a hiccup along the way. He's kept us in every ballgame and had a quality start in all but one and that was because of an unfortunate popup."

Wood's record is 5-6, but he has a solid ERA of 2.69 and a microscopic WHIP of 0.98. He got no run support in Thursday's series finale at Oakland. The Cubs fell 1-0 -- and Wood pitched 6 scoreless innings.

Wood leads the major leagues with 16 quality starts out of 17 total starts.

Making progress:

Center fielder David DeJesus has been taking swings off the tee as he recovers from a right-shoulder sprain, suffered last month in New York.

He took 50 swings in the outfield batting cages at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have been talking of a return of around the all-star break.

"I'm not sure on a timetable," said Dale Sveum. "At least now, he's swinging off a tee. He's able to do some things, free up his arm. He's able to raise his arm over his head. There are a lot of things going good. It's still a progression. But there's no timetable at all."

Ouch, that really hurts:

Catcher Dioner Navarro went down in a heap during the eighth inning. While behind the plate and with the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen up, he made as if to throw to third base to nab baserunner Starling Marte.

But Navarro suffered a double whammy that resulted in his right arm being iced after the game.

"I came up to throw to third, and I hit the umpire in the mask with my hand, and I hit the bat with my elbow and kind of went numb," he said. "It's a little tender right now."

Navarro stayed in the game.

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