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Wood out 6-8 weeks, Perez to close for Indians

Mar 21, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

wood throwing.JPGUPDATE: Wood told the Associated Press that he expects to return to action sooner than the six-to-eight week timetable given to him by team trainers.

SATURDAY, 3:13pm: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kerry Wood has been diagnosed with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle and has been given a six-to-eight week recovery timetable.

The strain was revealed underneath Wood’s right shoulder when he had an MRI on Thursday.

Chris Perez, who was picked up last year from the Cardinals in a deal for Mark DeRosa, will serve as the Indians’ closer for at least the month of April.  If he pitches well enough, perhaps he’ll even be allowed to retain the role.  The 24-year-old Perez had a 1.19 WHIP and a 68/27 K/BB ratio in 57 innings last season between Cleveland and St. Louis.  Wood, meanwhile, posted a 4.25 ERA and a 63/28 K/BB ratio in 55 frames for the Tribe.

  1. motherscratcher - Mar 20, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    This is a bummer. Bad timing. I was hoping that Wood would be healthy enough to start the season and have some trade value. At the very least I was hoping to pick up Perez at the end of my fantasy draft befoer anyone had any idea who he is.

  2. Old Gator - Mar 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    No doubt Wood is checking out the package deals on Priceline to see how to spend his annual spring vacation. Maybe he should try New Guinea this year, and see if he can find a shaman who could expiate his Geitbock prion.

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