Kerry Wood's troublesome right shoulder sent him back to the disabled list yesterday. And when he is able to pitch again for the Cubs this season, it will be out of the bullpen instead of the rotation. There is also the possibility Wood will need offseason surgery to clean up the shoulder area.
"I'm in favor of whatever's going to stop my arm from hurting. It's as simple as that," Wood said.
Wood will go on a rehab assignment once he is ready, where he will try to make the transition to the bullpen. Once he rejoins the Cubs, he'll be used as a reliever in an attempt to reduce the wear on his shoulder.
If Wood does need surgery after the season, he would be ready for spring training, trainer Mark O'Neal said.
* RETURN ENGAGEMENT: The Giants' series opener in Chicago marked the return of ex-Cub Moises Alou, who had 39 homers and 106 RBI for the Cubs last season, and closer LaTroy Hawkins, who was booed loudly and often at Wrigley Field after blowing several saves before he was traded May 28. Hawkins was booed again last night, but Alou, at 39, managed to steal third base.
* BARMES CLOSER: Rockies SS Clint Barmes said he has full range of motion in his injured left shoulder and thinks he can be back in the lineup by September.
Barmes was hitting .329 and was a strong candidate for NL Rookie of the Year when he broke his collarbone in a fluke accident on June 5.
-- From News Services