View Full Version : Wood sidelined for All-Star Game

07-12-2008, 10:01 PM
CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, named to his second All-Star team and first time as a closer, will not be available for Tuesday's game because of a blister on his right index finger.
Wood, who ranks among the National League leaders with 24 saves in 29 opportunities, has been bothered by the blister for three weeks. He was not available Saturday in the Cubs' 11-inning, 8-7 win over the San Francisco Giants.

"We didn't have Woody today," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "Woody's got a blister, and he's not going to pitch at all until after the break. He wasn't available. He can't pitch tomorrow and he probably won't be able to pitch in the All-Star Game."

Wood, named to the All-Star team in 2003 but as a starter, has battled back from shoulder problems which limited him to 14 starts from 2005-07 to pitch again this season.

"[The blister] would allow me [to pitch]," Wood said, "but it's not the smartest decision. We have the opportunity to take six days to let it get better and not deal with it the rest of the year.

"My main focus is being able to help this team the second half, and I think this is the smartest decision," he said.

The Cubs have the best record in the National League heading into the break.

"It's a little bit disappointing," Wood said. "I've been through a lot to get to this point, and was rewarded to make the All-Star team, and now I'm not going to be able to pitch an inning. I think it's the right decision."

Wood was one of seven Cubs to be named to the National League All-Star team, but now is the second who will not be able to participate. Alfonso Soriano, voted to the starting outfield, also cannot play because he's rehabbing from a broken bone in his left hand, suffered June 11.


07-12-2008, 10:07 PM
Thank god, no reason to cause a problem, let the blister heal this week completely

07-12-2008, 10:08 PM
Part of me wants to think this is made up so that he can rest his arm... hehehe... that'd be funny...

BUD Bleachers
07-12-2008, 10:11 PM
Part of me wants to think this is made up so that he can rest his arm... hehehe... that'd be funny...

It would be fine by me.

07-12-2008, 10:15 PM
It would be fine by me.

Would be perfectly fine by me as well.

07-12-2008, 11:13 PM
sounds good...unless that blister is really on the inside of his shoulder and his arm will soon fall off......

07-14-2008, 12:55 PM
I think getting him a week off can't hurt at all. He's off at least a week between appearances.

07-14-2008, 01:03 PM
this is good news...as long as that thing is comepletely heeled by the time he pitches again

I'm fine with any of our pitchers getting a little rest this year....marquis looked as sharp as he has all year after his 9 days off....Z needed a little rest....I'm sure Demp could use an extra couple days....Lilly could probably use an extra couple of days....I hope marmol doesn't pitch tomorrow, he could use a few days