With two off days next week, the Cubs will give lefthander Travis Wood extra time off and not have him pitch again until Friday at home against Pittsburgh.
``He's pitched a lot of innings already (72) and a lot of pitches in those games and a lot of stressful innings,'' manager Dale Sveum said. ``And he's been on the bases a lot [hitting] in the games he's pitched.''
The rotation will be Edwin Jackson pitching Sunday against Arizona before a two-game series in Anaheim when Scott Feldman (Tuesday) and Matt Garza (Wednesday) will work against the Angels' predominantly righthanded lineup. The Cubs have another off day Thursday.
``It works out,'' said Sveum, adding Wood has no health issues. ``You're always going to try when everything works out to give somebody extra time [off.] It's a good time two months into the season to give him a little breather.''
MORE BULLPEN SHUFFLING
Forearm strains seem to have become contagious for Cubs relievers. The latest is Rafael Dolis, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday.
``That's part of bullpens now,'' Sveum said.
The Cubs recalled righthander Blake Parker from Class AAA Iowa a day after recalling Zach Putnam to take over for Alex Burnett, who was designated for assignment on Saturday.
Parker had a 2.04 ERA with seven saves at Iowa while Putnam had a 3.26 ERA and four saves--but a 0.82 ERA in his last 10 outings.
``To have the depth in Putnam and Parker, the way they've been throwing is nice to have,'' Sveum said.
Parker, 27, was drafted by the Cubs in 2006 and made his major league debut last season. He holds Iowa's franchise record for saves with 41.
Putnam, 25, was claimed off waivers from Colorado in November, 2012.
Alfonso Soriano needs one home run to tie Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez for 64th place on the all-time list (379).
Sveum considers Soriano a special player already.
``What he did last year at that age  and what he did after May 15 [hitting all his 32 homers] was about as impressive as you can get,'' he said. ``He goes out every day and feels good, he keeps himself in phenomenal shape. He's one of those special guys who come around.''
Soriano is one of only six in franchise history to drive in 100 runs (he had a career-high 108) at age 36 or older.
``One of only six, and he's still doing it. That speaks for itself,'' Sveum said.