Wood to throw bullpen session Sunday
Tribe closer feels good after playing catch
OAKLAND -- One day after what he called a "frustrating" session off the mound, Indians closer Kerry Wood played catch Saturday morning before the Tribe's game against the Athletics and said he "felt fine."
"I'll throw off the mound again [Sunday] and continue the process."
Wood hasn't pitched since March 10 in Spring Training because of a strained back muscle. He was expected to miss eight weeks but appeared to be on a faster track until Friday, when he wasn't sharp while throwing a one-inning simulated game.
Wood, though, didn't call it a setback.
"I just wasn't thrilled with the way I threw yesterday," Wood said. "Just a frustrating day on the mound."
There remains no target date for when Wood might begin a rehab assignment.
"We kind of talked about that today," Wood said. "We're going to throw again tomorrow off the mound and then probably start talking about when we're going to go."
"He played catch, he felt good," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "He'll throw a bullpen tomorrow."
Then Wood and the Indians will decide what his next step will be.
Road magic slow to come to Tribe
OAKLAND -- The Indians had lost 22 of their past 25 road games, dating to the 2009 season, before facing the A's on Saturday in the second game of their three-game series.
They fell to 3-7 on the road this year with a 10-0 loss Friday night to the A's.
"I don't put too much thought into it," Cleveland outfielder Austin Kearns said before Saturday's game in regard to the team's trouble winning on the road.
"We've had some games on the road we let get away," added Kearns, who's in his first season with the Indians. "For us, we still play the same way."
Maybe so, but for some reason the Indians are 4-2 at home this year and looking way up at .500 on the road.
Center fielder Grady Sizemore wasn't in the Indians' starting lineup Saturday but pinch-ran in the eighth and wound up scoring two runs in the game. ... Austin Kearns got his first start in center this season after starting seven times in left. Kearns went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and raised his average to .357. He's had at least one hit in all eight games he has come to the plate in this season. ... Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera's eight-game hitting streak was snapped Saturday when he went 0-for-3. He's hitting .342 over his past nine games. ... Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-4 and has a hit in 10 of his past 12 games.
Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.