Wood left Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers
after two innings as a precaution after feeling tightness in his
right triceps muscle. He was examined Wednesday and an MRI exam
showed inflammation underneath the muscle and mild tendinitis in
"I don't think it's going to be really much more than one
start," Cubs trainer Dave Groeschner said. "We'll just rest him,
skip him a start and then get him back throwing and maybe push him
back to the end of the rotation.
"But it's too early to tell on that right now. Obviously, he
has to be pain-free. He's going to have to calm it down over the
next few days. Kerry was kind of relieved to see the [test] results. Everything looked good, structurally. There are no muscle tears or tendon tears."
With the team already missing its other ace, Mark Prior, Cubs manager Dusty Baker was relieved that Wood isn't expected to be out very long.
"It could have been a whole lot worse. We were very pleased
with the news we got. I was just praying last night and this
morning that he was OK," Baker said. "At first, we thought it was
going to be a chip or a spur, and it was nothing -- just
inflammation. So that's very positive."
Wood is 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA. He's tied with Roger Clemens for
second in the NL in strikeouts (52), behind Randy Johnson's 68.
Prior has been on the disabled list all season because of a sore
elbow and inflammation in an Achilles tendon.
Wood missed the 1999 season after having reconstructive surgery
on his right elbow.