Wood, who pitched only four games last season because of
shoulder problems, had been rehabbing this season and finally came
off the disabled list last Friday.
When he entered Sunday night's game against the Mets, Wrigley
Field erupted with a loud ovation and the crowd that had come to
see if Tom Glavine could get his 300th career win began chanting
"I'm glad we got him in there tonight. He felt good. He threw
the ball OK," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.
"His breaking ball had some bite to it. He threw it up there
93, 94 about what we expected, but the good thing about it is he
felt good about his performance. We'll see how he responds tomorrow
and we'll go from there."
The 1998 NL Rookie of the Year, Wood's career has been slowed by
injuries. He won 14 games in 2003 and pitched the Cubs into the
playoffs. His most memorable performance came in his rookie season
when he struck out 20 Houston Astros in a one-hitter in just his
fifth major league start.