Remember when Travis Wood was horrible in Spring Training and we had wondered if any good return had been received in the Sean Marshall trade? Don’t look now, but young Mr. Wood threw 7.2 scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 3-0 win yesterday.
“I got sent down in spring training and put more work in at Triple-A and got some things right,” Wood said. “When I got my chance to come up I didn’t want to waste it, so I got after it.”
“That’s the reason we traded for him,” manager Dale Sveum said after Wood threw 7 2/3 innings of shutout baseball against Houston on Sunday. “We gave up one of the best relievers in baseball for him. I knew that [talent] was somewhere in there, but since spring training he has made the adjustments. The confidence level he has now is off the charts.”
If you’re counting, that’s a current scoreless inning streak of 18.2.
If you missed the All Star Team selections, you might be surprised to discover the Cubs managed to get two All Stars this year. Starlin Castro and no-longer-first-baseman Bryan LaHair will represent the Cubs In KC.
‘‘It’s one of those things as a manager that you get that’s a special time,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘You tell a kid who’s  he’s an All-Star after so many years in the minors. That’s what we live for in this game, those special moments.’’
Both Castro and LaHair were selected by player balloting.
‘‘This is amazing,’’ said LaHair, who ironically has lost the first-base job to Anthony Rizzo and now plays the outfield. ‘‘Dale told us in the meeting. All the guys said they voted for me. It’s just an incredible feeling. I can’t thank [the players] enough.
‘‘It was a dream as a little boy to be an All Star, but to have it happen so fast, it’s just a dream.’’
Congrats to first-timer LaHair and hopefully this will be the second of many for Starlin.