Kerry Wood – The Final Warm-up?

Iowa Cubs (13-19) vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox (12-22)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. – Radio Link
Location – Principal Park, Des Moines, Iowa

Kerry Wood (0-0, -.–) vs. Justin Hampson (2-0, 1.16)

Kerry Wood makes what could be his last rehab start tonight for the Iowa Cubs against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado Rockies). All reports out of Chicago have indicated that if all goes well tonight for Wood, he could be starting on the 17th against the Washington Nationals. With today’s pitching performance at Wrigley Field, a healthy Kerry Wood would be a welcome sight to see.

Click the above link and scroll down and listen to Wood’s rehab. Feel free to discuss here during the game and there will be a full recap with any updated news as soon as the game is over.

Updated – 11:47pm C.T.

Update – The Iowa Cubs lost to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 2-0 on Friday night in Iowa and Kerry Wood took the loss. Wood pitched a very strong 5 innings on 86 pitches….55 for strikes. Wood gave up 1 run on 5 hits, walked 2 and struck out 3. He had command of his pitches as the game wore on and relied on his fastball early in the game. (The following is by my counts) Wood had an 18 pitch first inning, went to a 3-2 count on two batters and walked one of them. In the 2nd inning he threw 17 pitches stuck out two, gave up a run on two hits, but the single to center was a bloop single and if Brandon Sing could have fielded the ball cleanly and turned the double-play the run would have not scored.

In the 3rd inning he threw 27 pitches and gave up a hit and a leadoff walk, but was very precise during his pitch sequence on the strikeout and he broke the bat on the ground out to end the inning. Wood was not falling off the mound to the 1st base side and was more mechanically sound in his delivery. He even recorded a 1-out single in the bottom of the 3rd….a line drive.

The 4th inning was the most impressive. After giving up a leadoff double to Jorge Piedra, he got Juan Melo to hit a grounder to Buck Coats at second base, for the first out of the inning and with the infield in he jammed Jayson Nix and got him to ground out to Casey McGehee at 3rd….the runner held and recorded the last out of the inning on another ground out to 3rd by Justin Hampson. Wood only threw 11 pitches in that inning and did not allow the leadoff double to score.

In the 5th inning he allowed his fifth hit of the game to Ryan Spilborghs, but recorded all 3 outs on just 13 pitches. Other than the 3rd inning, the pitch counts were low and he was sharp. Wood’s velocity was around the 88-90 MPH with a top out around 93 MPH, but it was a cold, damp night in Iowa.

Kerry Wood’s rehab starts keep pouring in the fans, a record crowd of 13,830 saw the game in Iowa.

There has not been an official announcement as to when Kerry Wood will pitch again for the Cubs, but all indications are Wednesday against the Nationals. Saturday is a big day for Kerry Wood and the Cubs and they will hopefully make the announcement official.

Check back for updates as they become available.

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