Wood will start for Garza Sunday

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Wood will start for Garza Sunday

By Paul LaTour
CSNChicago.com contributor

Left-hander Travis Wood will make his first start at Wrigley Field in a Cubs uniform Sunday, replacing scheduled starter Matt Garza.

As Garza continues to recover from a virus, the Cubs promoted Wood from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

Its unfortunate that hes not feeling well, but hopefully I can step in and give them a strong outing, said Wood, who was acquired in a trade with the Reds in the offseason. Most of all its a big game (Sunday). If we win, we take the series.

Wood was 1-3 with a 5.08 earned-run average in five starts for Iowa. He has allowed 35 hits and eight walks with 30 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

The ball was coming out well, the pitches were working well, Wood said of his time in Iowa. I feel better (than in spring training), more relaxed, Im able to command the fastball, off speed (pitches) are working. So everything is feeling good right now.

In parts of two major-league seasons with the Reds, Wood accrued an 11-10 record and 4.18 ERA with 66 walks and 163 strikeouts in 208.2 innings with Cincinnati in 2010 and 2011. His best season came in 2010 when he was 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 17 starts.

This will be Woods third start at Wrigley. He won both starts he made with the Reds in 2010.

On July 1, 2010 he earned the win in his major-league debut with a two-hit, seven-inning effort in the Reds 3-2 victory. He picked up another win Aug. 8, 2010 throwing 6 13 innings in an 11-4 victory.

Garza will miss his start completely after being pushed back from Saturday already. Manager Dale Sveum said he expects Garza to start Friday when the Cubs open a three-game series in Milwaukee.

Blackhawks sign goalie with no NHL experience to serve as emergency backup

Blackhawks sign goalie with no NHL experience to serve as emergency backup

The Blackhawks were put in a rough spot on Saturday afternoon when goaltender Corey Crawford had to undergo an emergency appendectomy before their matinee matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers.

With Scott Darling as the lone goaltender on the active roster the Blackhawks signed Eric Semborski to an amateur tryout to serve as Darling's backup for Saturday's game against the Flyers.

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Semborski, 23, has no NHL experience and last played club hockey at Temple University and for the Empire Junior Hockey Jersey Wildcats.

According to EliteProspects.com, Semborski had a 4.98 GAA and .844 save percentage in 29 games with the Wildcats.

Both the Blackhawks and NHL Twitter accounts had some fun at the expense of Semborski.

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford to undergo appendectomy, out indefinitely

Blackhawks: Corey Crawford to undergo appendectomy, out indefinitely

The Blackhawks announced Saturday afternoon that Corey Crawford is undergoing an appendectomy at a Philadelphia hospital and will be out indefinitely.

Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry released this statement regarding Crawford:

"Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis. He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play. We will provide details regarding the timeline of his return after we have more information about the surgery.”

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Scott Darling got the start against the Flyers, and the Blackhawks signed 23-year-old Eric Semborski to an amateur tryout to serve as an emergency backup goalie. He played club hockey at Temple University and for the Empire Junior Hockey Jersey's Wildcats.

Crawford has been lights out for the Blackhawks this season, owning a 12-6-1 record with a 2.27 goals against average and .927 save percentage, including two shutouts.