Kerry Wood Injury: Shoulder Fatigue Sidelines Cubs Reliever

The Chicago Cubs may get one of their top relievers back on Thursday as RP Kerry Wood recovers from his recent shoulder fatigue.

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Kerry Wood Injury: Cubs Reliever 'On Track' For Thursday Return

The Chicago Cubs could be only days away from some much-needed bullpen help. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, RP Kerry Wood could be poised to return in the series finale against the Cincinnati Reds:

Wood has only pitched 2 and 1/3 innings in 2012, but has sported an ERA under 3.50 for the previous two seasons. Chicago enters play on Monday with the 4th-worst bullpen ERA in the National League with 4.08.

RP Rafael Dolis and RP Shawn Camp lead the Cubs bullpen with 13.1 and 13.0 IP, while CL Carlos Marmol has pitched only 7.2 innings with a 5.87 ERA and 6.60 FIP.

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Cubs Place Kerry Wood On DL With Shoulder Fatigue, Promote LHP Scott Maine From Triple-A Iowa

After Randy Wells was spotted at Wrigley Field on Friday morning, some wondered whether Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood was headed to the disabled list. As it turns out, the team did place Wood on the DL with shoulder fatigue in a move that can back-date to last Saturday, but it wasn't a one-for-one transaction with Wells. Instead, the Cubs promoted 27-year old LHP Scott Maine from Triple-A Iowa. Maine posted an impressive 1.42 ERA over 6.1 innings pitched for Iowa in five appearances, and the move gives the Cubs two lefties in the bullpen -- James Russell is the other such reliever on the major league roster.

As for Wood, Carrie Muskat points out that this marks the 16th time he has been placed on the DL in his 14-year major league career. He did not start 2012 well, posting an 11.57 ERA and a 4:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2.1 innings pitched for the Cubs.

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