Rich Hill saw more of the minors this season than he bargained for.
Now he’ll get another chance to see the majors.
With right-hander Kerry Wood sidelined with a shoulder injury, Hill will come up from Triple-A Iowa to make an emergency start when the Chicago Cubs open a three-game series against the visiting San Francisco Giants.
Cubs manager Dusty Baker said Wood might have to go back on the 15-day disabled list.
“Yeah, it’s a possibility,” Baker said Sunday night before the Cubs beat St. Louis 8-4 in 10 innings. “They said he was better today than yesterday, but still not quite ready.”
Wood, 3-3 with a 4.67 ERA in 10 starts, had a cortisone shot on Thursday after lasting only three innings and giving up three homers in a 9-3 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday. The shoulder has bothered Wood all season, already forcing him to the DL once.
Hill, a 24-year-old left-hander, started the season at Double-A West Tennessee and moved up to Triple-A Iowa, where he was 3-1 with a 4.53 ERA in seven starts. He also made one start at Class A Peoria.
He pitched in relief for the Cubs earlier in the year, including a 4 1-3-inning hitless outing against Milwaukee on June 22.
“He didn’t show that much his first couple of outings, and then that game in long relief against Milwaukee he was very good,” Baker said. “That’s the guy we had heard about.
“He’s come a long way in a short period of time.”
Baker also had considered Glendon Rusch for the start before deciding to leave him in relief.
“With Rusch in the pen, his endurance is down,” Baker said.
The Cubs took two of three from NL Central-leading St. Louis, and have won 10 of 14 overall.
Triple crown hopeful Derrek Lee went 0-for-1 with four walks on Sunday, ending a seven-game hitting streak during which he was 11-for-31 with five homers and nine RBIs.
Aramis Ramirez is 16-for-35 (.457) during an eight-game hitting streak. He was 14-for-30 on the Cubs’ seven-game trip with six homers and 11 RBIs.
The Giants activated 38-year-old Marquis Grissom, who had been sidelined since June 13 with a strained left hamstring, from the 15-day DL before Sunday’s game. He did not play, but manager Felipe Alou said he would start Grissom in center field during the series in Chicago.
To clear a roster spot for Grissom, the Giants placed outfielder Alex Sanchez on the 15-day DL with a sprained left elbow.