Wood Will Not Start for Cubs in 2011 — Wrigley Field – 1/3/11

Posted on 03 January 2011 by Lou

Let’s put any such idea to rest – Kerry Wood will not be a starter for the Chicago Cubs in 2011.  Unlike Ryan Dempster who was able to go from being a starter (up until his August 2003 Tommy John surgery) into the bullpen to help out as a set-up man/closer (from 2004-2007) and then back into the rotation in 2008 because he was healthy enough to do so, Kerry Wood does not have that luxury.  Wood has had surgeries on his right shoulder and he still has a tear there that he rehabs each and every off-season to make it as stronjg as possible for the upcoming MLB season.  The only way he can make it as a major league pitcher through the grueling 162 game schedule is if he pitches out of the ‘pen.

FYI – as a starter, Wood has a 71-55 record in 178 starts, with a 3.69 ERA and 1,282 strikeouts.  Wood has appeared in 203 games (203 2/3 innings)as a reliever in his career.  He has a 3.45 ERA with 62 saves and 237 K’s coming out of the bullpen.

As for the Cubs starting rotation, here’s how it will shake out in 2011 — Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner and either Carlos Silva/Tom Gorzelanny.  It looks like the Tampa Bay Rays have decided to hold onto Matt Garza unless a team is willing to pony up some high end prospects in return – and the Cubs won’t do that.  Brandon Webb whom the Cubs briefly considered signed a 1-year deal with the Texas Rangers.  It’s a very mediocre starting rotation, especially in the very difficult NL Central with solid starting rotations in Cincinnati, St. Louis and Milwaukee.  But if Carlos Zambrano pitches as well as he did at the end of the 2010 MLB season, it could be a much better rotation.  Guess we’ll just have to see how it plays out…

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