Cubs call up Cardenas, send down Travis Wood


Cubs call up Cardenas, send down Travis Wood

When the Cubs called up Travis Wood Sunday to take Matt Garza's turn in the rotation, they designated utilityman Blake DeWitt for assignment to make room on the roster for Wood.

They made a corresponding move on Monday, sending Wood back down and recalling infielder Adrian Cardenas from Triple-A.

The Cubs claimed Cardenas off waivers in early February. They designated DeWitt for assignment then, too, in order to make room for Cardenas on the 40-man roster.

Cardenas is quite an interesting guy and was batting .319 with seven double, three triples and two homers in 26 games at Iowa. The 24-year-old can play all over the field, but isn't known for his glove work. He hits lefty and throws right-handed and his first appearance will be his Major-League debut.

Cardenas is available for the Cubs tonight against the Braves.

Paul Chryst says Alex Hornibrook will be available for Badgers in Big Ten Championship Game

Paul Chryst says Alex Hornibrook will be available for Badgers in Big Ten Championship Game

INDIANAPOLIS — Wisconsin will have quarterback Alex Hornibrook available to play in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game.

After Hornibrook was listed as quaestionable on Friday afternoon's injury report, Badgers head coach Paul Chryst told ESPN's Sam Ponder on Saturday morning that Hornibrook will be ready to go.

"Each day this week he's progressed, so I think that he'll be available to play, which is good," Chryst said in the interview.

Hornibrook sustained a head injury last weekend during Wisconsin's win over Minnesota and sat out the second half, forcing Chryst to turn his two-quarterback system into a one-man show starring Bart Houston.

But Saturday night, it seems that things will return to what they've been for the majority of the season: Hornibrook and Houston splitting time under center.

The Badgers' offense typically relies on its customarily strong rushing attack, but having both guys will be important for Chryst, who likes to keep opposing defenses on their toes by mixing up the two quarterbacks. 

Hornibrook has completed 58.1 percent of his passes this year for 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. Houston has completed 63.9 percent of his passes on the season for 912 yards and five touchdowns compared to three interceptions.

Houston is the more mobile and accurate of the two, though he hasn't completed more than nine passes in any one game since losing his starting job to Hornibrook early in the season.

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In this week's edition of In the Gym at EFT, physical therapist Emily Sluis tackles muscle activation. 

Sluis enlists the help of Super Bowl XLIX Champion Darius Fleming to demonstrate dynamic stretches that get an athlete ready to compete. 

Check out key techniques in the video above, and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.