In less than three weeks, Wood has gone from starting rotation candidate to a spot at Triple-A Iowa, and that decision was probably made even before he took the mound Monday. Wood still has a minor-league option remaining, but even if he didn’t it probably wouldn’t be an issue at this point to get him through waivers.
“It’s still not that full package to be able to get through big-league hitters using the changeup, throwing it for strikes and the breaking ball,” manager Dale Sveum said. “I still don’t think the cutter is where it needs to be and where I’ve seen it before. I thought the life was there on some pitches but it was just another unfortunate outing.”
Among those issues, Wood has also been having trouble with his command on the first-base side of home plate.