According to multiple reports, Randy Wells is expected back with the big club today, though things are probably going to be a bit different for him.

Although there’s now an opening in the rotation after Chris Volstad was optioned to AAA Iowa, everyone expects that role to go to Travis Wood, who will be called back up to start next week in that open spot. Wells, on the other hand, is likely “replacing” Kerry Wood in the bullpen (though the official roster move could be Geovany Soto going to the DL, and Wells being added). His role is yet undetermined, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him work in the 6th/7th range until the Cubs see what he can do in a one-inning role. I don’t necessarily expect him to be a long reliever just because he was a starter until now.

Wells, 29, was a successful starter in 2009 and 2010, but missed a big chunk of 2011 with a forearm strain, and struggled at times when he was healthy. He didn’t make the Cubs’ rotation out of Spring Training, and has struggled mightily at AAA (7.71 ERA in six starts, with a weak 1.83 K/BB ratio). He got a brief chance to start with the big club when Ryan Dempster missed a couple starts a few weeks ago, but Wells failed to impress.

I’m excited to see what Wells can do out of the pen, for now. Maybe he can crank it up a couple extra MPH, and pair that velocity with his typically good control. Then again, the first inning has always been one of Wells’ worst innings in his career (5.75 ERA).

  • elephanthole

    That is so not exciting.

  • Cooper R

    Cubs acquired Koyie Hill. Tell me this is a joke.

    • RicoSanto

      They have no catchers,At Least he can catch a decent game.Both catchers can not hit. They had asked The Rebel ( Randy Hundley but he was out of town.

      • Rick Vaughn

        I wonder if Todd Hundley is available.

        • MichiganGoat

          Hector Vill-howdoyouspellmyname? Or is Paul Bako available, maybe Giardi would quit his job for another chance. But my hope is JODY wants to return.

          • Can’t think of a cool name

            Jody, Jody Davis, King of Wrigley Field. One of Harry’s best songs.

  • TrueblueCubbie

    Maybe they should consider moving Randy Wells to another team. He has never really impressed me. His numbers are there, but the results haven’t seemed to be there. I just failed to see any upside to him.

  • Big Joe

    Hey Cubbie, Wells: 7.71 ERA in six AAA starts? Will you please explain where “there” is? I’d love to see those numbers.

    • TrueblueCubbie

      My bad, I meant “were’ there. I got sidetracked by my daughter when I was typing that. I should have proofread since I was going to mention his rookie year. Anyone want a 2 1/2 year old?

  • Carew

    So, uh, is this a way to try to to raise his value so he can finally be traded? Wells goin to the pen, I mean.

  • TrueblueCubbie

    Just don’t sign him after the season is the easiest way.

  • Big Joe

    No problem, Cubbie. I like to nitpick. You keep that daughter of yours 2 1/2 as long as you can. They grow up way too fast.

  • Fishin Phil

    Where is that “Sad cat is Sad” picture when you need it??