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Cubs designate Borowski to make room for Wood

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

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."

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?"'