With Sean Marshall gone via trade to the Reds, the Cubs don't have a designated lefty setup reliever. Sveum didn't sound as if he minded -- so long as he can call on Wood.
"There's got to be a lot of confidence from me coming from that spot to take Kerry Wood out of the game, because there's a lefty coming up," Sveum said Tuesday. "Those last three outs are the biggest of the game and the three outs leading up to that are even bigger. Some guys are just built differently than other people, as far as those outs."
Among the lefties in the mix are James Russell, Jeff Beliveau, Scott Maine, Trever Miller and John Gaub. Although Russell would like to take over Marshall's role, Sveum described him as a "matchup guy" for now.
"He's got the ability and endurance to go two innings," Sveum said of Russell. "It all depends on what's going on, the score of the game, what [the opposing team has] on the bench. He's a guy who can go two innings, no doubt about it."
Miller is a non-roster invitee who has pitched for the Tigers, Astros, Phillies, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Rays, Cardinals and Red Sox.
"He knows how to get left-handers out, and that's a big asset to have, depending on how your bullpen unfolds," Sveum said.