MESA, Ariz. Kerry Wood shed some light on why he hasnt pitched in a Cactus League game in more than a week.
(We) really just slowed it down, Wood said Monday at HoHoKam Stadium. We got off to such a fast start and (were) really just trying to time it so were ready to roll when the (season) starts. Weve got three or four outings planned here down the stretch to get ready for Opening Day.
Wood has made four appearances this spring, none since throwing a scoreless inning against the White Sox on March 18. Manager Dale Sveum has referenced some back spasms earlier in camp, but Wood said there are no physical issues, and confirmed that part of the initial plan was to ease off before the season starts.
I know what I need to get ready, Wood said, settling on a number around eight to 10 innings.
The idea is to help preserve a veteran reliever who will turn 35 in June. The slow drip of information put this through three news cycles. At this point, anything with Wood is big news, and he wasnt surprised by the medias reaction.
No, not at all, Wood said. It only took you guys a week to notice I wasnt out there. You guys are on top of it.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss the injury to Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs offense coming alive against the Pirates and the playoff chase with 2 weeks left in the season.
01:00 How worried are you about Rizzo's injury
05:00 Wrigley's reaction to Rizzo's injury
08:00 Bryant leads the Cubs offense against the Pirates
10:00 Heyward's resurgence after moving out of leadoff spot
12:00 Nico Hoerner's looks impressive in first series at Wrigley
15:00 How do Cubs stand with 2 weeks left?
17:00 Cubs have a chance to make up ground with Cardinals playing Nationals
18:30 Brewers staying in race without Yelich
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Cubs Talk Podcast
Offense came in bunches this weekend at Wrigley Field.
After scoring 17 and 14 runs on Friday and Saturday respectively, the Cubs continued their offensive barrage on Sunday. With 16 runs scored Sunday against the Pirates, the North Siders bumped their weekend total to a whopping 47 (yes, really).
According to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian, the Cubs' franchise record for most runs scored in a single three-game series is 48 (set in 1894). Despite coming one run short of tying their franchise water mark, though, the Cubs did score at a historic level:
Although their offensive outburst came against the last place Pirates, the Cubs have to be happy with their performance. Before welcoming Pittsburgh to town, the Cubs scored a combined 22 runs Monday-Thursday in their four-game series against the Padres.
Unfortunately, Sunday's series finale saw Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo go down with a nasty right ankle sprain in the third inning. The Cubs announced later in the game that X-rays didn't reveal a fracture in Rizzo's ankle. However, he'll undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the sprain.
In lighter news, the Cubs will enter Monday just two games back of the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central, as the Brewers took down St. Louis 7-6 on Sunday. The Cubs and their fans will certainly hold their breath on Monday awaiting news on Rizzo, though.
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