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This story, saying Wood will be out three weeks, came across the AP wires about 17 minutes ago:
AP Wire Story: "Wood out at least 3 weeks"
Associated Press, May 2, 2005
Cubs ace Kerry Wood will miss at least three weeks after tests Monday showed he has a muscle strain in his right shoulder.
Wood underwent an MRI exam that revealed the problem, the team said.
Wood will not be able to throw for three weeks and then will be reevaluated by team doctors to devise a strengthening program.
Bothered by bursitis in his shoulder during spring training, Wood's last two outings have been cut short.
He left Saturday's game against the Astros after just three innings. In his previous start against Pittsburgh on April 24, he lasted just five innings. He is 1-1 in five starts with a 6.15 ERA.
"It feels good when I'm not throwing and it doesn't feel good when I'm throwing," Wood said. He had been scheduled to pitch against the Brewers on Thursday.
Update 6:38 p.m. CST
This news was not unexpected, and I expect Cubdom will actually be a little relieved as we know have something concrete to blame for our troubles. However, it still leaves us with a hole in our rotation that will be there for at least five weeks.
According to the article, Wood won't even throw for another three weeks, and then he'll undoubtably be asked to:
throw off flat ground,
throw off the mound
throw a simulated game
start in Iowa/West Tennesee
start with a pitch count of 80 pitches
So, I defintitely believe any notions of sending Ryan Dempster to the bullpen will be put on hold indefinitely. Glendon Rusch will be slotted up into the rotation, and Jon Leicester will probably be recalled from Iowa.
Until then, lets review last year, specifically May 27, 2004 when the Cubs had eight players and $37,560,000 on the disabled list.
At this point, we have six players on the disabled list, although Scott Williamson doesn't really count since he was signed with full knowledge that he was hurt. So, that gives the Cubs just about $23 million sitting on the disabled list. Thats about $14 million less than last year, but still a considerable sum.
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