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Kerry Wood gets shellacked in his first rehab start

May 4, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

kerry wood headshot indians.jpgKerry Wood had his first rehab start last night and he got hammered, giving up six runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning for AA Arkron. Wood has an $11 million option for 2011 which vests if he finishes 55
games. Based on how things went last night, I’m going to guess that
option won’t be vesting.

Which isn’t a bad thing for Cleveland, of course. They certainly don’t want to pay Wood that kind of scratch. Indeed, in an ideal world it would take Wood three or four more rehab appearances before he shows he can pitch in the majors, and then when he comes back he’s lights out for, like, three weeks, thereby allowing the Tribe to flip him to someone else.

  1. haje16 - May 4, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    from your mouth to God’s ears

  2. Garrett - May 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Supposedly he was throwing nothing but fastballs last night. I’m not sure I would take a lot out of it.

  3. Tinnet - May 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    He had 1 1/2 good years with the Cubs (what does THAT tell you?), shot his mouth off, and hasn’t been worth jack since. Overrated then and washed up now. Couldn’t happen to a nicer j.a.

  4. DCDoug - May 4, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Really? He’s still around? Every time I hear this guy’s name is followed by the words “injured” or “rehabbing”…

  5. InnocentBystander - May 4, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    I would love to see a games finished clause like Kerry’s lead to a revolution in baseball. Something where the Indians demote him from the closer role to save the vesting option but claim it is for ineffectiveness (perceived or real). Kerry goes lights out as a middle reliever for 2 months. Indians realize that Kerry actually “saved” some games in the 7th or 8th inning based on the leverage of the situation. They promote him back to the closer role, but only when they don’t feel it is more important to use him earlier. I’m sure Aaron would like to see this too (http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/05/jim-tracy-eschews-save-based-managing-in-win.html.php). Despite what Jim Tracy did one time, I think backing in to this type of change for ulterior reasons might actually have a better chance to get it to stick.

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