With the retirement of Kerry Wood, right-hander Randy Wells was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to join the relief corps, which includes rookie Blake Parker, called up Thursday, and Casey Coleman, who was added one week ago.
In six starts at Iowa, Wells was 2-2 with a 7.71 ERA, giving up 26 earned runs on 36 hits and 12 walks over 30 1/3 innings. Wells made two starts for the Cubs in place of Ryan Dempster April 22 and April 28, and gave up six earned runs on nine hits and nine walks over 8 2/3 innings. He was optioned back to Iowa after the second game.
Wells will be used as the long man, with Coleman, James Russell, Shawn Camp and Rafael Dolis mixing and matching in the sixth through ninth innings.
There has been a lot of turnover.
"We've got a different team than we did a few days ago," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Saturday. "A lot's happened in a few days."