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Jpup
07-09-2006, 01:03 PM
MILWAUKEE -- The career path of Chicago pitcher Kerry Wood is as busted up as the Cubs season this year.

The team revealed Saturday night that the right-hander has a partial tear in the rotator cuff of his throwing shoulder and that he will miss at least four weeks. Wood's Cubs career, which started with such promise, might be over. And his future in the game may well be in jeopardy.

Wood underwent an arthrogram at Northwest Memorial Hospital Friday, and the exam revealed the tear. The team said Saturday the options are conservative treatment or possible arthroscopic surgery on Wood's shoulder. A final decision hasn't been made on treatment.

"My gut feeling is saying no surgery and strengthen it," Wood said. "I've still got to get more opinions."

Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal told the Chicago Tribune that if Wood opts to forgo surgery, he would rest the arm for the next four to six weeks and then begin a strengthening program in October.

The Cubs have a $13 million option on Wood for 2007 but will most certainly exercise their $3 million buyout. Depending on Wood's health, they could re-sign him to an incentive-laden contract.

Wood told the Tribune that he wants to return and has a strong relationship with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

"But again, business is business," Wood said. "And I'm sure we'll talk about it later."

After experiencing shoulder problems last season, Wood worked out of the bullpen before undergoing labrum surgery Aug. 31. After resisting the idea of converting to a reliever this season, he now acknowledges that his future might be in the bullpen.

"Once we get through the rehab process ... it's going to be a decision we make down the road," he told the Tribune.

Four starts into this season's comeback, Wood experienced discomfort in the shoulder and went on the disabled list June 9. He underwent an MRI on June 26 in Cincinnati and consulted with Timothy Kremchek, who performed the labrum surgery. The doctor diagnosed a muscular imbalance, but Wood did not feel like he was improving. The arthrogram, which is more detailed and provides more information, revealed the tear.

"I know I'm not crazy now," Wood said.

Wood had a huge year as a rookie in 1998, including a major league record-tying 20-strikeout game in his fifth major league start en route to the National League Rookie of the Year Award. But he was shut down at the end of the year with arm problems.

Wood missed the 1999 season after elbow ligament replacement surgery, had double-digit wins from the 2001 through 2003 seasons, went 8-9 in 2004 when he had a triceps injury and then had an injury-filled season a year ago, when he went 3-4 and was on the DL three times.

This year looks like much of the same.

"Obviously, I'm not pleased, but at least we found something out," Wood said. "I knew something wasn't right for a little while. It's not what I was looking for, but we got an answer."

The pitcher who was once compared to Roger Clemens for his power style and Texas roots faces an uphill battle to come close to fulfilling his immense promise. Injuries have left him over 270 wins behind the durable Rocket. Wood's not ready to walk away, however.

"If I want to keep playing baseball, I have to be positive and keep doing the work that it will take to get back," he said.

"Obviously, my goal is to pitch again as soon as possible. That's the bottom line. Whether it's the end of this year, next year or three years from now, my goal is to get back and be successful in the big leagues."

Matt700wlw
07-09-2006, 01:04 PM
That's shocking.

Tornon
07-09-2006, 02:56 PM
And speaking of Cubs pitchers, Prior missing his start today due to a strained oblique. Simply amazing

LoganBuck
07-09-2006, 03:04 PM
Kerry Wood: A cautionary tale

Remember that when you wish for Homer Bailey to be called up. Kerry Wood was abused and baseball fans everywhere missed out on a chance to see a healthy Wood.

Odds that he finds the Reds bullpen within 5 years- 1:3

OldXOhio
07-09-2006, 03:15 PM
MILWAUKEE --
The team revealed Saturday night that the right-hander has a partial tear in the rotator cuff of his throwing shoulder and that he will miss at least four weeks. Wood's Cubs career, which started with such promise, might be over. And his future in the game may well be in jeopardy.



If we're talking about an injury as "season ending" and "career jeopardizing", isn't it a little silly to say he's out at least four weeks? Now I'm no doctor, but I'm guessing rotator cuff tears for a pitcher don't heal that quickly.

KronoRed
07-09-2006, 03:59 PM
Time to call it quits Kerry

Caveat Emperor
07-09-2006, 05:06 PM
And speaking of Cubs pitchers, Prior missing his start today due to a strained oblique. Simply amazing

The heck with rotator cuffs and strained obliques, I want to know how Kerry Wood's labia is doing.

http://www.redszone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47978

KronoRed
07-09-2006, 05:07 PM
Do you really? I mean..really..think about it... :help:

RFS62
07-09-2006, 05:07 PM
Is anyone surprised?

Heath
07-09-2006, 05:14 PM
Didn't Balfour have a torn rotator cuff as well?

Methinks Kerry Wood could be a closer.

RFS62
07-09-2006, 05:19 PM
His throwing motion doomed him from the start.

Caveat Emperor
07-09-2006, 05:24 PM
His throwing motion doomed him from the start.

Yet Prior was the poster boy for fantastic and effortless mechanics, and he's still riding the DL-Express with Kerry.

I think the bottom line is that there's as much guesswork in all of this as there is actual knowledge and science.

RFS62
07-09-2006, 05:26 PM
Yet Prior was the poster boy for fantastic and effortless mechanics, and he's still riding the DL-Express with Kerry.

I think the bottom line is that there's as much guesswork in all of this as there is actual knowledge and science.


The only thing those two have in common is Dusty.

Wood's violent throwing motion across his body has been a ticking time bomb, and has gone off a few times already.

WMR
07-09-2006, 06:11 PM
How old is Kerry Wood?

EDIT: He's 29.

realreds1
07-09-2006, 06:28 PM
Remember when Steve Stone said Wood should go sell tires for a living if he wouldn't change his pitching mechanics?

:)

Outshined_One
07-09-2006, 06:58 PM
A couple of things doomed him...

1) In high school, he had an overzealous coach who was more focused on his own success than Wood's future. There are stories out there about how the guy made Wood throw complete games at both ends of a double header. That kind of abuse is borderline criminal.

2) Wood's primary breaking pitch in his younger days was a slurve. This pitch absolutely destroyed his arm, since the necessary mechanics, torque, and so on was was immense. No arm can tolerate throwing that pitch on a regular basis, especially as a starter.

3) The Cubs didn't keep Wood down in the minors long enough to really re-work his mechanics to a consistent degree. They saw a guy who was throwing triple digit fastballs and an unhittable slurve and decided he was major league ready.

4) His 20 K game. It was one of my all-time favorite performances ever by any pitcher (and that was an error on Orie and not a hit dangit) and an utter gem to watch as it unfolded...but it simply screwed up everyone's perception of Wood and retarded his development significantly. When that moment happened, many people knew that he was jeopardizing his career with his mechanics, but no one cared because they produced such stunning results. After that point, there was no way the Cubs were going to demote him to the minors to work on his mechanics unless it was in rehab.

5) Dusty Baker. After Wood came back from The Dreaded Tommy John Disease, he actually made a good recovery in 2001 (174 IP) and 2002 (213 IP). In 2003, he pitched 211 innings...and in the process threw more pitches than anyone in baseball. He was completely out of gas in Game 7 of the NLCS; everyone knew it. His stuff wasn't there, despite his best efforts. Dustbag had no problem trotting Wood out there and leaving him in despite pitch counts over 120.

6) Organizational mishandling in 2005. This point gets me really, really angry. Wood's shoulder was shot in 2005. The Cubs knew he needed surgery, but they decided it would be a good idea to test him out of the bullpen a month before undergoing the surgery. They figured they couldn't do any more damage since his shoulder was already royally screwed up. So, for most of August, they let him let loose and throw 100 mph with his hard breaking stuff. They even went so far as to pitch him the day before his surgery!

Basically speaking, I find it very sad. This guy had one of the most promising arms in all of baseball at one point. He was dominating and intimidating; not afraid to throw inside on a guy. Cub fans will remember him for the 20 K game and Games 1 and 5 of the 2003 NLDS. People who hate the Cubs will remember him for never winning more than 14 games, Game 7 of the NLCS, and his constant injuries.

I really hope he can make a full recovery...but it seems doubtful with that kind of an injury.

Mario-Rijo
07-10-2006, 12:36 PM
Does anyone find it odd that Kremchek didn't do the arthrogram sooner? I do wonder why you would not figure out exactly what the issue is before going forward and diagnosing someone as having a muscular imbalance!??!


Four starts into this season's comeback, Wood experienced discomfort in the shoulder and went on the disabled list June 9. He underwent an MRI on June 26 in Cincinnati and consulted with Timothy Kremchek, who performed the labrum surgery. The doctor diagnosed a muscular imbalance, but Wood did not feel like he was improving. The arthrogram, which is more detailed and provides more information, revealed the tear.


How many mis-diagnosings for the Red's has he had? I hate to call him into question because I know most swear by him, but when you are wrong you are wrong, unless of course Wood asked not to have a specific exam for whatever reason (kinda doubtful)!

LoganBuck
07-10-2006, 01:24 PM
Remember Labrum repair is still a very long shot of recovery. The repair of a torn labrum for a baseball player is only begining to be understood. Before being to critical of a Doc Hollywood, just think Wood was throwing at 97 mph this spring. Perhaps he came back to quickly, but it was a minor miracle that he was even on the mound. Ask Paul Wilson how much he would like to have his 97 mph fastball back from his glory days.

captainmorgan07
07-10-2006, 02:02 PM
as stated before wood should be moved to closer or reliever have him tone down his speed alil so it doesnt' put some much strain on his arm to be a reliever u dont' have to throw 97 everytime change speeds use changeup alot more lay off the hard breaking pitches go with softer curveball pitchers park would serve him well

Sea Ray
07-10-2006, 02:08 PM
Remember Labrum repair is still a very long shot of recovery. The repair of a torn labrum for a baseball player is only begining to be understood. Before being to critical of a Doc Hollywood, just think Wood was throwing at 97 mph this spring. Perhaps he came back to quickly, but it was a minor miracle that he was even on the mound. Ask Paul Wilson how much he would like to have his 97 mph fastball back from his glory days.

He was checked by Kremchek about a month ago and this was not found. That doesn't look good

Sea Ray
07-10-2006, 02:12 PM
Yet Prior was the poster boy for fantastic and effortless mechanics, and he's still riding the DL-Express with Kerry.

I think the bottom line is that there's as much guesswork in all of this as there is actual knowledge and science.

I think the fact remains that throwing 100 MPH puts an incredible strain on the body and these guys are always going to be prone to breakdowns. We're not designed to throw thousands of pitches 98-100mph. The critical time with these guys is how they're used before they're 25 years old. Nolan Ryan was used very sparingly when he was under 25. Yes, luck is a big part of it too.

KronoRed
07-10-2006, 02:50 PM
He was checked by Kremchek about a month ago and this was not found. That doesn't look good
I wouldn't worry about it, I'd guess if Dr.K had done the other tests he would have found it.

Sea Ray
07-10-2006, 03:12 PM
I wouldn't worry about it, I'd guess if Dr.K had done the other tests he would have found it.

That's the crux of the matter. Should he have ordered those tests? I don't know. I don't know what role he was playing in Kerry Wood's care.

RFS62
07-10-2006, 03:43 PM
Anyone with Wood's throwing motion and throwing gas like he does is asking for a shoulder blowout.

Doesn't matter who the doctor is.