Kerry Wood’s troublesome right shoulder sent him back to the disabled list Monday. And when he’s able to pitch again for the Chicago Cubs this season, it will be out of the bullpen instead of the rotation.
There is also the possibility Wood will need offseason surgery to clean up the shoulder area.
“I’m in favor of whatever’s going to stop my arm from hurting. It’s as simple as that,” Wood said Monday.
Wood will go on a rehab assignment once he’s ready, where he will try to make the transition to the bullpen. Once he rejoins the Cubs, he’ll be used as a reliever in an attempt to reduce the wear on his shoulder.
Wood said surgery as a last option was not something he was even thinking about at this point.
“I’m just trying to feel better so I can go out and pitch,” he said.
If Wood does need the cleanup surgery after the season, he would be ready for spring training, trainer Mark O’Neal said.
“Anytime there’s a lot of rubbing and irritation that goes on inside the joint, the rotator cuff usually gets a little irritated and frayed, and the same thing with the labrum as well,” O’Neal said. “So you go in and basically clean that out, simply put. It’s something that at this point and time we all feel comfortable that’s going to need to be done. It’s just a matter of when.”
Bonderman drops appeal
Detroit pitcher Jeremy Bonderman dropped his appeal Monday and began serving a five-game suspension assessed by the commissioner’s office for his part in a July 17 brawl with Kansas City.
Bonderman made his decision one day after beating Minnesota 5-2 to improve his record to 13-6. His next scheduled start will be pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.
“Right-hander Hideo Nomo was released by the Devil Rays.
Nomo, 37 next month, has said he won’t pitch in Japan if he isn’t signed by another major league team. He was 5-8 with a 7.24 ERA in 19 starts.
The Devil Rays also activated pitcher Doug Waechter from the 15-day disabled list.
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