MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Kerry Wood was on the mound Wednesday after a
three-week break because of bursitis in his right shoulder,
throwing 92 pitches over five innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the
Colorado Rockies 5-4.
Wood had not pitched since March 9. He missed a comeback start
last week when he woke up with a stiff lower back.For Wood, the wait was worth it, as he gave up eight hits and
three runs while walking four and striking out three."I felt great," he said. "I felt like I could have gone more.
It's a good sign, considering the time I've missed."Wood is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Sunday. His
first start of the regular season is set for April 8, when the Cubs
have their home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.Wood gave up a home run to the Rockies' Aaron Miles leading off
the game. The Rockies loaded the bases with one out in the third,
but Wood limited the damage to just one run. The Rockies added a
run in the fourth.In the fifth, the Rockies had runners on first and second with
one out, but Wood ended his day by striking out Clint Barmes and
Cory Sullivan."The fastball and the mechanics felt good," Wood said. "I got
two strikes on guys and just couldn't put them away. My breaking
ball really wasn't where I'd like it to be at this point. I'm sure
that's a small adjustment we can make. Maybe it's something with
the grip. Overall, I was pleased with it."So was Cubs manager Dusty Baker."I wasn't real worried because he had a pretty good outing his
last time in the simulated game," Baker said.The Cubs scored a run in the first on an RBI double by Nomar
Garciaparra. The Cubs then put together five hits in the third
against Rockies starting pitcher Joe Kennedy. Aramis Ramirez and
Derrek Lee had run-scoring singles, and Todd Walker drove in
another run on a fielder's choice.Kennedy worked four innings and gave up seven hits and four
runs. He walked two and struck out four.Garrett Atkins went 2-for-4 and scored a run for the Rockies.
Barmes was 3-for-4, and Andy Tracy added a ninth-inning solo homer.
RHP Joe Borowski, who has a broken right wrist, was
placed on the 15-day disabled list.