Cubs designate Borowski to make room for Wood

Updated: June 29, 2005, 2:24 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs activated Kerry Wood from the disabled list Wednesday before his start against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Kerry Wood
Starting Pitcher
Chicago Cubs
5 1 1 14 33 6.15

To make room for Wood, the Cubs designated right-handed reliever Joe Borowski for assignment.

Wood went on the disabled list May 3 with a right shoulder strain. He last pitched for the Cubs on April 30, when he got a no-decision in a 7-5 loss at Houston, but has made three minor-league rehab starts.

Borowski had 33 saves for the Cubs in 2003 as Chicago made the playoffs and advanced to the league championship series. Over the past two seasons, however, the 34-year-old Borowski has been hampered by injuries.

In 2004, Borowski recorded eight straight saves in April and May. However he went on the DL with a right shoulder strain June 6 and finished the year with a 2-4 record, nine saves and 8.09 ERA in 22 games.

Borowski seemed to be rounding back into shape during spring training this year, but was hit by a line drive and opened the season on the DL with a fractured bone in his wrist.

Borowoski made his season debut with the Cubs on May 20, but has appeared in only 11 games. He's 0-0 with a 6.55 ERA in 11 innings.

"It was very tough [decision]," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "I've been wrestling with it for about a week. I was trying to figure out things, figure out ways, and I didn't figure out a way.

"It's very tough, especially for a guy who has given his all here and really busted it. He's one of the primary reasons we turned it around."

Baker said the Cubs couldn't carry 13 pitchers and "it came down to Joe was No. 13."

Joe Borowski
Relief Pitcher
Chicago Cubs
11 0 0 1 11 6.55

The Cubs now have 10 days to trade Borowski or they can release him at the end of that period. They also could assign him to the minor leagues, but only with his approval because he has more than five years of major league service.

Borowski seemed resigned to moving to another team.

"I have nothing but good things to say about the organization," Borowski said. "It just came down to timing. The writing was on the wall after the first two weeks of the season. I could see where it was going. I'm not surprised. I could see it coming, but that's what happens in baseball."

Borowksi, who has been throwing regularly in the bullpen, said he's fully recovered from his injuries.

"Everything is coming out right," he said. "My fastball is back to 91 mph and my slider is back. If I do get a chance somewhere else, I know I'm where I need to be.

"Hopefully someone is going to look at what I did in 2002 and 2003 and say, 'He seems to be getting it back now. Why not take a a chance with no risk factor?"'

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press