Wood returns from injuries to pitch for Cubs

Updated: August 6, 2007, 1:57 AM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood came back and pitched a scoreless inning of relief Sunday night, his first major league appearance with the Chicago Cubs since June 6 of last season.

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Wood, who pitched only four games last season because of shoulder problems, had been rehabbing this season and finally came off the disabled list last Friday.

When he entered Sunday night's game against the Mets, Wrigley Field erupted with a loud ovation and the crowd that had come to see if Tom Glavine could get his 300th career win began chanting "Kerry-Kerry-Kerry."

Wood's first pitch was clocked at 93 mph and he retired New York's Paul Lo Duca on a grounder to third. Wood allowed one hit and struck out Jose Reyes to end the inning.

"I'm glad we got him in there tonight. He felt good. He threw the ball OK," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.

"His breaking ball had some bite to it. He threw it up there 93, 94 about what we expected, but the good thing about it is he felt good about his performance. We'll see how he responds tomorrow and we'll go from there."

The 1998 NL Rookie of the Year, Wood's career has been slowed by injuries. He won 14 games in 2003 and pitched the Cubs into the playoffs. His most memorable performance came in his rookie season when he struck out 20 Houston Astros in a one-hitter in just his fifth major league start.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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