Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kerry Wood's Return Delayed?

Indians closer Kerry Wood has been talking a lot lately about feeling like he is nearly ready to go. However, his performance in his simulated bullpen session yesterday apparently didn't go so well.

Wood was initially expected to miss 6-8 weeks, with a return prior to mid-May being unlikely. However it has certainly appeared as though Wood has thought he could return quite a bit sooner. The discomfort he felt yesterday however will probably make him and the teams trainers slow the pace a bit.

While it shouldn't be looked at as a set-back - he wasn't initially expected back for another 2-3 weeks after all - it's something to monitor. The Indians bullpen hasn't been particularly strong so far this season, and getting Wood back healthy should help some.

Furthermore, it would help if Wood could get back on the mound and show a contender that he's healthy and could contribute to a playoff push should the Indians fall from contention.

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