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Cubs’ Wood Likely To Miss One Start

August 4, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago Cubs rookie Kerry Wood will start Wednesday but he will probably skip the following start to rest what he calls a ``dead arm.″

``We have two or three scenarios and skipping a start is one of them,″ Cubs manager Jim Riggleman said after Monday night’s game, a 6-5 loss to Arizona. ``I don’t want us to get ahead of ourselves.″

Wood (11-5) will pitch as scheduled Wednesday against Arizona at Wrigley Field and then work only on the side, missing a start in San Francisco and returning to the rotation Aug. 16 against Houston. Wood struck out an NL record 20 batters against the Astros on May 6.

``I’m not really concerned about it,″ pitching coach Phil Regan said. ``It’s almost like spring training when a pitcher has a tired arm. Every pitcher goes through it.″

Riggleman said Wood may not miss a game if he feels better after Wednesday’s start against the Diamondbacks.

``It’s just a dead arm,″ Wood said Monday.

The soreness is in Wood’s right biceps and it has bothered him early in his last two starts, forcing him to hold back a little.

``It’s helped me in a way because I have to go out and pitch,″ Wood said. ``Maybe it’s been a blessing in disguise.″

Wood did throw on the side Monday, his regular time before a start, and said it was the best he’s felt in a month.

``It’s (soreness) a response to throwing,″ trainer Dave Tumbas said.

The Cubs are carefully monitoring the 21-year-old right-hander. He has thrown 128 2-3 innings in 20 starts so far for the Cubs and threw five innings in one minor league start. Last year, he totaled 151 2-3 innings in the minors.

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