07/19/11 1:40 AM ET
Wood needs time to regain form, Quade says
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
"He's obviously capable of dominating and pitching a lot more efficiently than he has," Quade said of Wood, who has given up six runs on six hits and seven walks over 6 1/3 innings in eight games since returning from the disabled list. "There's a couple things about coming back from down time, and part of it is how soon will you be back to who you are. Sometimes it's right away and sometimes it takes a little bit.
"With his experience and the fact he's done it before, I don't worry so much about the veterans as I do the kids," he said. "You believe he'll be fine and the more he pitches, the better he'll be."
Wood was on the DL with a blister on his right index finger June 9-July 1.
Aramis says he'd veto any trade
CHICAGO -- Aramis Ramirez doesn't plan on leaving the Cubs this year.
The Cubs' third baseman said prior to a 6-1 win over the Phillies on Monday that he would invoke his 10-and-5 rights and void any deal presented to him. Ramirez has 10 years in the big leagues, and five with the Cubs.
FOX Sports reported the Angels were inquiring about Ramirez prior to the July 31 Trade Deadline, but he said he's not going anywhere.
"I'm at the same point I was at two weeks ago, three weeks ago," said Ramirez, who homered in the first inning against the Phillies. "Right now, I'm not interested in any trade."
The father of two young sons, Ramirez said he didn't want to relocate because of his family.
"It is my family consideration," he said. "If I was single and by myself, then I'd move anywhere and be in a hotel for the last two months [of the season]. It's too tough with my family. I earned the right to be in this position and it's my decision."
This is the last year of his contract with the Cubs, but if he were traded, his contract states that the team acquiring the third baseman would have to pick up a $16 million option for 2012.
In his last 23 games entering Monday, Ramirez has batted .372 with five doubles, 12 homers, 25 RBIs and 23 runs scored. His homer on Monday gave him 230 in his Cubs career. He's one shy of tying Gabby Hartnett for sixth on the team's all-time list.
Pena grateful after hitting milestone blast
CHICAGO -- Carlos Pena shivered through April and didn't hit his first home run until May 3 in Los Angeles. On Monday, he connected on home run No. 20 of the season and No. 250 of his career in the Cubs' 6-1 win over the Phillies.
"I'm just extremely grateful God has given me the opportunity to hit one home run in the Major Leagues, let alone 250," Pena said. "That's something I don't take for granted."
Pena's first career homer came on Sept. 19, 2001, in the fourth inning off Oakland's Gil Heredia. He hit his second in the same game in the eighth. That must have seemed much easier than it did in the first month of the season this year.
"April was difficult, no doubt about it," said Pena, who batted .159 in April with one extra base hit. "It was extremely cold and the wind was usually blowing in against hitters.
"It was tough mentally, but I had my teammates behind me and always encouraging me," he said. "You can't do it alone. It gets tough. When you have a good support system and good guys around you, it makes things a little easier."
This is Pena's sixth 20-homer season, and he reached the milestone on a 90-plus-degree night, which was much more hitter friendly.
"When you get a night like this, it's pretty conducive [to home runs]," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "If you get it elevated, it's going to go."
And it did for the 250th time for Pena.
No punishment levied yet for Quade's rant
CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Mike Quade said he didn't get any reprimand from Major League Baseball following his postgame rant Sunday about the umpires.
"I'm beyond that and on to the Phillies," Quade said Monday, looking ahead to the Cubs' next opponent.
The Cubs were upset when second-base umpire Lance Barrett called pinch-runner Brett Hayes safe after a pickoff attempt in the Marlins' eighth on Sunday. Quade felt shortstop Starlin Castro's tag was in time and they got Hayes, and the replay appeared to support the Cubs. Quade, who has been ejected three times this season, did not go on the field and argue the call.
Quade also said Sunday that some comments were made to his players by the umpires that he didn't like.
"There were some things said in the midst of all this," Quade said. "Obviously, I disagreed with a few calls. It was a rough series in a lot of different ways. You're frustrated and a little bit upset at some of the calls in crucial situations. We'll move on and let that take care of itself right now."
Marmol tosses scoreless inning in return to hill
CHICAGO -- Carlos Marmol was back in action Monday.
Cubs manager Mike Quade said before a 6-1 win that Marmol, who was given two days off to try to fix his mechanics, was available if pitching coach Mark Riggins and bullpen coach Lester Strode felt the right-hander was ready.
Would Marmol be used in a save situation?
"It would depend on the situation and I'm not sure I've settled on that yet," Quade said.
Marmol entered in the ninth with a five-run lead Monday, so it wasn't a save situation, but he made it a little more difficult.
Marmol struck out Ryan Howard to start the inning, then got Raul Ibanez to ground out. But he walked the next two batters, and Riggins went to the mound.
"I'm glad he came out there," Marmol said. "I couldn't breathe."
That's because of the heat and humidity, which had knocked Phillies starter Roy Halladay out after four-plus innings.
Marmol struck out John Mayberry Jr. to end the game,and turn the boos to cheers.
"When I go out there, I don't worry about the fans," said Marmol, who has heard his share of jeers. "I try to get three outs. I don't want them to boo me."
The right-hander said he felt better on the mound, despite the walks.
"I don't worry about the walks," he said.
First baseman Carlos Pena also gave Marmol a pep talk.
"I thought today was great because it presented a challenge for him," Pena said. "He got two quick outs, then walked the next two batters and the mental monster appears.
"We came to the mound to remind him he doesn't have to carry the last outings he's had that he hasn't liked, and he doesn't have to strike out three people at the same time," Pena said. "All that matters is this pitch that he's throwing right here and that's good enough.
"He slayed the dragon at the end there," Pena said. "He stayed focused and came out with the pitch at the end."
In his last seven games prior to Monday's game, Marmol had given up eight runs on five hits and seven walks over 4 1/3 innings and had not struck out a batter since July 3.
"I would like him to get the most out of his downtime and he has so far," Quade said. "If they feel good about it, we'll be good to go."
Marmol said he had a better feel for his slider and fastball and learned a lot in the last two days. Bottom line, only he can fix his mechanics.
"I have to listen to myself," he said. "I got to be me out there."
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday to watch the Triple-A Iowa Cubs for three games. One player he's certain to keep an eye on is outfielder Brett Jackson, the team's No. 1 pick in 2009, who began the day batting .313 in four games since being promoted from Double-A Tennessee.
Carlos Zambrano and Kerry Wood rank second and third on the Cubs' all-time strikeout list. Zambrano has 1,522 strikeouts, second to Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, who has 2,038. Wood has 1,436 K's, passing Charlie Root (1,432).
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.