The Chicago Cubs are expected to recall pitcher Jeff Samardzija from Iowa Friday. He would replace Kerry Wood who was placed on the DL by Chicago Thursday.
Samardzija is a former All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame. He was an NFL prospect before signing with the Cubs.
After a slow start in class A, Samardzija is 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA in six games at triple A Iowa. He has 40 strikeouts in 37 innings.