Wood OK after taking batted ball on chin

Updated: July 1, 2004, 3:12 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood got a scare when he was hit under the chin by a line drive Thursday in his final simulated game before an anticipated minor league rehab assignment next week.

Kerry Wood

Wood, on the disabled list since May 12 with a sore triceps muscle, threw four innings to teammates Paul Bako, Jose Macias and Tom Goodwin.

Bako hit a hard liner through the middle and Wood was able to deflect the ball with his glove and slow it down before it clipped him under the chin. He shook it off and continued his outing.

"I didn't see it," Wood said.

"Part of the simulation," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.

If he feels fine Friday after his 60-pitch workout Thursday, Wood hopes to make a rehab start with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday and then return to the Cubs' rotation for one start before the All-Star break, probably in St. Louis on July 10 or July 11.

"I don't want to miss any more starts," said Wood, 3-3 in seven starts this season. "If I get some good work in and get my pitch count up to 75 or 80 pitches and have everything go well, I'd like to get back and make a start before the All-Star break."

Wood said the Cubs have taken the cautious approach because he doesn't want the injury to be worrisome in the second half of the season or in the future. He missed the entire 1999 season after elbow ligament replacement surgery.

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