Cubs’ Kerry Wood injures knee, done for season
By Toni Ginnetti firstname.lastname@example.org September 20, 2011 12:24AM
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Updated: November 10, 2011 2:15PM
Kerry Wood’s season is over after he tore the meniscus in his left knee Saturday. He will remain with the Cubs and have surgery afterward to be ready for spring training.
Wood, 34, who’s finishing a one-year contract, said he wants to return to the Cubs.
‘‘I’m not going to play anywhere else, and this is where I want to be,’’ Wood said. ‘‘If they need me back, I’ll be back, and I’m sure those conversations will happen in the next couple of months. I’m home, and this is where I’m at.
‘‘I’ve spent half my life here with the organization. This organization is family to me, and I get a chance to build a new relationship with the Ricketts family. I plan on being around. I’m raising my kids here.’’
If he doesn’t pitch, Wood said he’d still like to remain a part of the Cubs.
‘‘I’m not saying it’s going to be broadcasting,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m not saying it’s going to be radio. I’m not saying I’m coaching, managing — any of that stuff. I’m just saying I’d like to be around and be part of something.’’
Wood established the Kerry Wood Family Foundation this season, and his annual charity bowling event held Sunday raised $400,000.
He finishes the season at 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA and one save.
No magic yet
Geovany Soto had only two career multihomer games before Monday, both against Milwaukee. Now he has three.
The Cubs catcher drove in all five runs in the 5-2 victory, keeping the Brewers’ magic number at four to clinch the National League Central. Soto had two two-run homers, and Casey Coleman (3-8) had a career-high eight strikeouts in six innings to get the victory.
‘‘Maybe it’s because we play them so much [being] in the same division,’’ said Soto, who has 15 homers against the Brewers, his highest against any opponent.
The Brewers’ only runs came on homers by Jerry Hairston Jr., his first with Milwaukee, and Casey McGehee.
The Cubs added left-handed-hitting catcher Steve Clevenger, 25, and right-handed pitcher Rafael Dolis, 23, from Class AA Tennessee.
Clevenger is a two-time Southern League All-Star who hit .295 with 27 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 39 RBI this season. Dolis was 8-5 with a 3.22 ERA and 17 saves pitching mostly in relief for the first time.