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Kerry Wood expected to rejoin the Indians on Friday

Jul 29, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

Kerry Wood threw a scoreless minor league rehab inning on Thursday evening at Double-A Akron and is likely to rejoin the Indians before Friday’s game against the Blue Jays in Toronto.  This according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes

Wood has been on the disabled list since the middle of July with a blister on his right index finger.  He had a 6.30 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and an 18/11 K/BB ratio in 20 innings before the disabling, but the Indians are going to hand him ninth-inning duties once he returns to justify the nearly $4.5 million that he’s still owed this season. 

Chris Perez has served as Cleveland’s closer in Wood’s absence and has been fantastic.  The 25-year-old hasn’t allowed a run since June 27 and has converted his last five save opportunities.  Wood, meanwhile, has blown three saves in 11 chances this season.  But, hey, money talks.

  1. johna clayton - Jul 30, 2010 at 6:52 AM

    I would ratehr have Kerry Wood. Yes, his durability as the season goes on is suspectable, but he is playing on a better team rite now–a team that will get him more save cahcnes. And for closers thats all u shiould really look at.
    LUX E-Cigarette

  2. ladymomoly - Nov 19, 2010 at 4:34 AM

    He wants to be in the bullpen. At the beginning of the season, Wood told Piniella that he wanted to be in the bullpen, and as a result, he competed for the spot of the closer and as a result, got the spot. I guess he thought that if he was a starter, he would be injured again. Personally, I like the fact that he’s a closer, since he’s very good and doesn’t have to throw a lot to have a chance of getting injured again.

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