Cubs RHP Kerry Wood will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder today and hopes to be ready to pitch by spring training.
With the Cubs nearly out of playoff competition the team wanted to give Wood as much time as possible for recovery and rehab.
Wood concurred with the decision, GM Jim Hendry said. Wood was not immediately available to comment.
Wood, who made his first major league relief appearance Aug. 5 in a switch from the rotation to alleviate the soreness in his shoulder, made his final appearance of the season last night against the Dodgers, pitching the eighth inning.
The surgery will be performed by Timothy Kremchek at Beacon Orthopedics outside of Cincinnati.
"None of us, including Dr. Kremchek, are anticipating anything significant, but it is a shoulder," Hendry said, adding that the long-range plan is for Wood to return to the rotation once he recovers.
"If he can pitch pain-free and this ongoing discomfort he's had after a certain amount of pitches, if that can be rectified, then you are going to have the same guy you are seeing for one inning for seven or eight," Hendry said. "That's really everybody's priority."
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