5/18 Wood to retire after one more appearance
Kid K is retiring — eventually. Kerry Wood, who burst onto the scene in 1998 with the Cubs, pitching a 20-strikeout game, apparently wants to pitch in one more game and was then expected to announce his retirement after that. There was no no pre-game announcement about Wood’s future prior to Friday’s Cubs game.
Wood, 34, wants one more outing, and will then leave the game after more than 14 seasons and 1,500 strikeouts. Entering Friday’s Interleague game against the White Sox, Wood was 86-75 with a 3.67 ERA in 445 games, including 178 starts. It’s been a difficult season for Wood, who has spent time on the disabled list with fatigue in his right shoulder.
Dale Sveum said Wood was available to pitch on Friday. The Cubs didn’t know about Wood’s decision until Thursday.
“You don’t prepare for something like this,” Sveum said.
— Carrie Muskat