Wood feels 'great' after throwing
Indians closer has successful 40-pitch side sesson Sunday
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Closer Kerry Wood threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday, and that's a heck of a lot more than he hopes to throw in a game this spring and this season."If I throw more than 40 in one inning," Wood said, "we probably lost."
But throwing 40 pitches was a good thing. It marked the second time in three days that the 31-year-old Wood tossed a 40-pitch 'pen, and it indicates the lower back soreness that caused him to take a few days off last week is a thing of the past."I feel great," Wood said. Next up for Wood is a live batting practice session on Wednesday, with either another bullpen or another BP next weekend. The Indians are targeting early next week for Wood's Cactus League debut, and the plan is to get him about 13-15 innings this spring. Wood said he was never concerned about the minor back problem, especially given the extended spring calendar. "It's something we wanted to knock out and get out of the way," Wood said. "I'm on schedule for a regular Spring Training."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.