5/9 Sveum: “We’re not perfect”

Dale Sveum didn’t see Kerry Wood throw his glove and cap into the stands after Tuesday’s game but he understood why Wood did it.

“Do I care? Of course, I care,” Sveum said. “I don’t condone it or wish it to happen all the time. We all know in this game that there’s frustration that happens and sometimes we regret things we do. We’re not perfect human beings. I missed the whole thing, so I didn’t see any of that.”

The game was tied at 1 in the eighth when Wood took over and he walked two batters and gave up two hits, including a game-winning two-run single by the Braves’ Dan Uggla. Has managing the bullpen been a challenge for Sveum?

“I guess you could say that,” Sveum said. “We’re always trying to be optimistic about the team. On the other hand, we’ve had some guys step up and do a great job.”

He complimented James Russell and Shawn Camp and said rookie Rafael Dolis has done well in clutch situations.

“We’ve had a lot of bright spots, too,” Sveum said. “A month in, you’re dealing with situations and how to handle them and what roles. It’s not that cut and dry, seventh, eighth and ninth guys, that’s for sure.”

Wood was making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue. He’s now given up seven runs on six hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings in six games this season.

“It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and in a rhythm and bottom line, throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts,” Sveum said. “He still has to be able to use that breaking ball. There’s a lot of things to work on. Sometimes it just takes a few times on the mound.”

– Carrie Muskat

3 Comments

As much as I love Woody and wish him the best, this needs to be his last year. He should retire and switch to the front office or broadcasting or something. He’s such a fan favorite I think he could become what Ron Santo was. #1 cubs fan. Or an ambassador like Hull and Makita with the Hawks or Scottie with the Bulls.

I don’t think it will take very long for Kerry to get back into the swing of things. I watched the game last night and he was just missing the strikes at the bottom of the zone. It was good to see that his pitches had plenty of movement.

Kerry should be ready to go back on the DL after those two strenuous relief efforts he made after coming off the DL . Hasn`t that been his pattern for a long while? I agree with Tim R. regarding retirement and have been urging that for more than a year. I do not share the need to embrace the man as an ambassador afterward, however. I would be embarrassed by my lack of contributions if I were in his shoes and be eager to give back to the Cubs a large portion of that salary I did not earn. Kerry needs to move beyond throwing tantrums ( see the glove and cap heaving into stands recently) when he messes up.

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