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Kerry Wood not close to returning from blister on index finger

Jun 26, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

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Cubs setup man Kerry Wood has been eligible to return from the disabled list for over 48 hours, and yet there is still no end in sight in his ongoing recovery from a slow-healing blister on his right index finger.

According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Wood has been able to throw with and without padding over the blister, but he’s still not completely free of discomfort. And the Cubs want the blister to heal fully before bringing him back and trusting him in tight late-game situations.

Here’s Cubs manager Mike Quade, speaking to reporters after Saturday’s loss to the Royals:

“I’m trying to understand the blister thing,” Quade said. “It’s somewhat healed, but now you need layers of skin, a thickness, or even a callus if you can get it. He and (trainer Mark O’Neal) ought to have as good a fix on it as anybody because they’ve been through it before. I just wait until they tell me it’s good. I know he’d love to be ready at home (next week) and I hope he is, but I’m not sure of that yet.”

Wood, 34, has a posted a quality 2.25 ERA and 21/10 K/BB ratio in 24 innings of relief this season.

  1. willcoop - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    At this point, as retched of a team that’s on the field, he should stay on the DL and retire after the season. I love the Cubs, but this is one of the worst teams in all of baseball. It’s totally unsatisfactory. How could the Rickets think they are putting a pro team on the field. U think I see why Ryno took his act elsewhere. This team is bad, bad pathetic and it’s embarrassing to the city. They can barely muster a two game winning streak.

  2. willcoop - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Blow this team to smithereens and get the youth movement going. Keep screwing with Colvin and watch how he comes back and kills the Cubs. By getting rid of Ramirez, Zambrano, Wood, Baker, Byrd, Fukodome, DeWitt, Pena, Soriano (and his Paul Bunyan club) and the pitching coach, you may be able to get three bags of balls for the lot. Let the youth movement begin and take the trash out. The farm system has some really good talent and just needs to be able to grow. All these old farts are blocking the way. Has anyone seen Leo Mazzone. That’s a pitching coach.

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