Wood leaves after three homers in three innings

Updated: July 20, 2005, 9:02 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- A stiff shoulder forced Chicago Cubs starter Kerry Wood out after the third inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Wood gave up three solo homers and four hits overall, throwing 66 pitches before he was replaced.

He has been bothered by a sore shoulder since spring training, when bursitis limited him to three starts. He went on the disabled list May 3 with a shoulder strain, and wasn't activated until June 29.

The right-hander had trouble keeping his pitches down in his fifth start since coming off the disabled list. He gave up a solo homer in the first inning to Felipe Lopez, one in the second to Adam Dunn and another in the third to Ken Griffey Jr.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild and a trainer came out to talk to Wood after Griffey hit his first career homer off him and his 522nd overall. Wood stayed in the game and retired the next two batters, but didn't return for the fourth inning.

Wood missed two months last season because of a triceps injury.

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