Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson are battling for the one opening in the rotation but the Cubs are trying to come up with a creative way to keep both.
“There’s different ways to utilize both of them,” manager Joe Maddon said Friday. “It’s hard to say they’re both starters but we’ve talked about different ways to make it fit.”
Maddon, who met with Theo Epstein to discuss the options, didn’t want to go into details but one possibility could be having Wood or Jackson start, with the other in the bullpen as a long man, depending on the opponent. Then, they could reverse roles.
“I’m in a real listening mode right now,” Maddon said.
On Friday against the White Sox, Wood served up two runs on 11 hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out two.
— Carrie Muskat