Samardzija gets the call
The Cubs have announced that pitcher Jeff Samardzija will be taking over the roster spot that was left open after Kerry Wood was placed on the DL with a nagging blister on his right hand. He will wear No. 29.
After being promoted to triple-A Iowa on June 24, Samardzija has pitched extremely well posting a 4-1 record with a 3.13 ERA in six starts. Earlier this year control problems seemed to be the downfall of the former Notre Dame football star, but since the call-up to the Iowa Cubs Samardzija has pounded the strike zone, striking out 40 and walking only 16 in 37.1 innings.