PITCHERS TO WATCH:
--RHP Kerry Wood will make a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday night (July 6). If all goes well, he is eyeing a return to the parent squad for a July 11 start against St. Louis.
--RHP Jon Leicester is 2-0, and both victories came in the pressure of extra innings.
--RHP Carlos Zambrano's 9-3 record with a 2.41 ERA earned him his first spot in the All-Star Game.
LINEUP LOWDOWN: With reserve outfielder Todd Hollandsworth on the disabled list, the Cubs' bench strength has been reduced. Hollandsworth hit .318 with eight homers and 22 RBI and hit .563 as a pinch-hitter with two homers and four RBI.
POSITION PLAYERS TO WATCH:
--3B Aramis Ramirez, who leads the team with 56 RBI, injured his left groin Friday (July 2), and his availability this week was unknown.
--1B Derrek Lee finished with 40 hits in June and a .385 average -- the fifth-highest Cubs average since 1972.
--RF Sammy Sosa, who hit four homers in a six-game stretch, says his stroke is coming back since his return from a back injury.
MEDICAL WATCH: OF Todd Hollandsworth went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 28 with a bruised right shin. LHP Mike Remlinger
(shoulder tendinitis) returned to the 15-day disabled list and hopes to be back after the team returns from the All-Star break. RHP Joe Borowski (torn right rotator cuff) was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 6 and could be out until August. RHP Todd Wellemeyer (strain in his
lower right shoulder) has been making rehab appearances for Triple-A Iowa. RHP Kerry Wood was placed on the 15-day disabled list -- backdated to May 12 -- because of tightness in his right triceps. He is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday (July 6) and could be back for a July 11 start against St. Louis. SS Alex Gonzalez suffered a broken right wrist and will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa
Monday. He is on the 60-day disabled list. RHP Ryan Dempster (Tommy John surgery last October) is on the 60-day disabled list and has been making minor league rehab starts for Class-A Lansing. After one appearance for Triple-A Iowa, Dempster experienced back pain but is scheduled to return to Iowa on Wednesday.
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