Kerry Wood on leaving Cubs: ‘I doubt it’
BY GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com June 30, 2011 11:42PM
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano is unable to field a bunt by San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 30, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charlie Arbogast)
Updated: July 1, 2011 3:32PM
Reliever Kerry Wood comes off the disabled list today, and where he goes from here figures to be a matter of public speculation at least until the July 31 trading deadline passes.
But the iconic Cubs pitcher, who gave general manager Jim Hendry a steep discount to return ‘‘home’’ last winter, has a pretty good idea where he’ll be long-term, if not Aug. 1 — pretty much where he was sitting Thursday at Wrigley Field while speaking during the media launch of his Wood Family charitable foundation.
Wood, who is expected to draw more attention than any other Cub from contenders looking for help at the deadline, has a full no-trade clause. Signed to an under-market, one-year, $1.5 million deal, Wood says he might be willing to waive the no-trade for an ‘‘ideal’’ scenario but doesn’t think he’s going anywhere.
‘‘I know the [trade] talks are going to come,’’ the right-hander said. ‘‘I’ve already been hearing it. So we can address it now. I doubt it. We’re committed here. We’ve got a [charity bowling] event in September. I don’t see it happening.’’
Given the relationship between Wood and the Cubs/Hendry, even an unlikely trade would probably amount to little more than a two-month hiatus from the North Side.
‘‘Obviously, Sarah and I will talk about it, and we have a little bit,’’ he said of his wife, who’s from the area. ‘‘But it would have to be ideal for both, something that is definitely going to help the organization down the road and something that’s going to fit for us, which right now is here. So it would be tough.’’
Meanwhile, Wood’s blistered right index finger has toughened up enough after three weeks on the DL to make him available for today’s series opener against the White Sox — and not a moment too soon for a Cub bullpen that pitched 12 innings Thursday.
‘‘I’m ready,’’ Wood said.
Center fielder Marlon Byrd (facial fractures) is expected to play at least one more minor-league rehab game, today for Class AAA Iowa, before traveling back to Chicago to join the team in time for Sunday’s charter flight to Washington, where he would be activated from the DL.
◆ Pitcher Andrew Cashner (shoulder), who has been on the DL for nearly three months, was to see the team orthopedist Thursday with an eye toward restarting a throwing program this weekend. He has been shut down since suffering a setback six weeks ago. Assuming he’s cleared to start throwing, he will join the Cubs on their upcoming road trip to Washington and Pittsburgh.
◆ Manager Mike Quade said he plans to start Rodrigo Lopez against the Sox on Sunday in the rotation spot vacated by Doug Davis, who was released Wednesday.
◆ Final word: ‘‘I told him that it was not cool to tie the game and send it to extra innings and then come out of the game. ‘Work on that.’ ’’ — catcher Koyie Hill on third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who tied the game Thursday with a ninth-inning homer, then left three innings later on a double switch.