Wood willing to fill any role asked of him

Wood willing to fill any role asked of him

Wood willing to fill any role asked of him
MESA, Ariz. -- Kerry Wood will be the Cubs' primary setup pitcher, he'll sub for closer Carlos Marmol, or he'll relieve in the fourth inning if needed.

"Whatever they want me to do," Wood said Wednesday. "I just come in and get guys out, whether it's the seventh inning or eighth inning or fifth inning, whatever they need. I'll go in there and get my guys out and give the ball to the next person."

On Tuesday, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Wood will be his primary setup pitcher, rather than have a lefty setup man and a right-handed setup option. The Cubs lost their prime left-handed setup pitcher when they dealt Sean Marshall to the Reds this offseason.

Wood has been a starter, a closer and now excelled as a setup man, appearing in 55 games last season with the Cubs. He did pick up one save in seven opportunities last season, but has not been a team's closer since 2009, when he took over the role with the Indians.

Can he sub for Marmol if necessary?

"He doesn't need too many days," Wood said of the closer. "He's pitched just about every day for the last two years."

Marmol is coming off a tough season in which he led the National League with 10 blown saves. Wood hasn't brought up the subject.

"I'm sure that's been about every conversation he's had with everybody else this spring," Wood said. "There will be a time, I'm sure."

Pitchers and catchers have been in camp since Sunday, and position players report on Thursday. Was Wood ready to face live hitters?

"No, not yet," he said. "I like the catcher there right now. I'll be ready to go in another week or so."