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Cubs got Wood again: Travis ready for Houston

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The Kerry Wood Era ended Friday.

Could Tuesday night be the start of the Travis Wood Era?

``Hopefully, I can stick around for a while this time,'' said The Other Wood who returns from AAA to join the rotation tonight in demoted Chris Volstad's spot - having made one spot start for the Cubs earlier this month in a game they eventually won in 11 innings against the Dodgers.

The Cubs will settle for ending a seven-game losing streak when Wood takes the mound tonight against Houston left-hander J.A. Happ (3-3 4.96).

Catcher Welington Castillo, who's not ready to play on a knee he sprained Friday, is expected to be placed on the 15-day DL in the corresponding move to make room for Wood being added to the roster today. The Cubs already have two other catchers on the roster in Koyie Hill and Blake Lalli.

Since a miserable spring training, Wood has steadily regained his form at Iowa (3-3, 4.57) - including 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two May starts.

``I just relaxed, quit pressing and just let my pitches work,'' he said. ``They're there. Just quit trying to make them too good and just let them work.''

Manager Dale Sveum agrees that was the biggest problem for Wood after being traded to the Cubs from Cincinnati for Sean Marshall.

``He's a pretty wound-up guy,'' Sveum said. ``Anybody who comes into a new organization [after a rough season], I think you're always going to come in and try to really impress the new people and make the trade look good. And you can get out of your game.

``A lot of those things definitely happen, they happen to a lot of people before they do get to that point where they do settle in and settle down.''

That's the biggest thing, Wood said.

``Whatever's going to happen's going to happen,'' he said. ``If you can just keep that mindset, you'll stay more relaxed. Once the ball leaves my hand, I've got no control over it, so I just try to make the pitches the best I can and see what happens.''

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