9/19 Kerry Wood done for season

Kerry Wood is done for the season, but not done pitching. Wood is sidelined with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and he will undergo arthroscopic surgery at the end of the season.

“A couple days ago, I squatted down, stood up, it popped, sharp pain, burning and that’s the way it goes,” Wood said Monday. “I’m glad it happened now instead of getting through the season and having something happen in spring and missing half of the season. I should be ready to go by spring.”

Wood, 34, will stay with the Cubs for the final games. He needs to wait for the swelling to go down in his knee before he can undergo the procedure. He appeared in 55 games this season and compiled a 3.35 ERA.

“When he’s healthy, he’s real good,” Mike Quade said. “He was a huge part of that bullpen. With all the options we had, he was as important as ever.”

The problem is not expected to hamper him next season, and the right-hander is definitely looking to returning to the Cubs. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract to return to the Cubs after spending two seasons in the American League. He doesn’t plan on pitching anywhere else, and joked that will hurt his contract negotiations.

“I’m not going to play anywhere else,” Wood said. “This is where I want to be. If they need me back and want me back, I’m sure those conversations will happen in the next couple months.

“I’m home and this is where we’re at,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat


Class act.

one of the few vets – along with Reed – that i want to see back.

time to cut Pena, Ramirez, Hill, Grabow and Dempster adrift.

And not just because he is a class act, he actually can pitch well for the most part. A few stinkers here and there but very useful still. If Dempster picks up his option for next year he needs to be dropped in the rotation to three or even four and the new GM needs to find an actual ace to go with Garza as number two. All the money needed to get an ace should come from the savings by NOT bringing back the waaaaaay over-rated (by Hendry) Pena and the 4 month performance of Ramirez, the dead weight of Grabow and the counter productive Hill. Time to have all the money go toward and EXCELLENT rotation and bullpen and let the kids play the field. We might just win a majority of low scoring games with solid pitching, good defense and athletic, young and HUSTLING players.

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