MIAMI -- Kerry Wood has until this weekend to get back on the mound otherwise the veteran will be put on the disabled list in order to get the bullpen back to full strength.
“I think probably if we get to that point we’re going to have to get somebody here,” manager Dale Sveum said. “That’s why you get shots to make things speed up a little bit, and obviously if it’s a five-day plan things didn’t speed up to well.”
Wood, who left the team Tuesday to get a cortisone shot in Chicago, will miss the entire series against the Marlins. That means the Cubs will be working with one less reliever for the next few games, and one that works at the back end of games no less.
With a history of arm trouble the Cubs are saying that they are being cautious with Wood, but his current shoulder discomfort does date back to spring training. He was held to just over five innings in Cactus League play.
“You have the concerns,” Sveum said. “There is a track record there. When he gets up [to warm up] he gets in the game. We’ll see what happens when the weather gets better and throwing back-to-back days, but it will still be an every-other-day thing until we know he’s feeling great and he’s really strong.”