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Wood effective in rehab outing

By jcfortun Published: May 5, 2010

Cleveland Indians closer Kerry Wood made his second rehabilitation appearance Wednesday at Canal Park in the Aeros 5-2 victory over the Trenton Thunder.

Wood said he felt no discomfort through the outing and said he is close to being ready to return to the Indians.

"Health wise I feel great,'' he said. "Body feels good. I am recovering fine, so we are real close.''

He pitched one inning, struck out two and walked one. Wood, who strained his right lat muscle in spring training, was limited to 30 pitches in the outing, but needed just 15 (nine strikes) to get through the inning.

"I used everything," Wood said. "A few cutters and sliders. I threw a couple a good curveballs; threw one bad slider and a couple good cutters. The fastball was coming came around nice."

The Aeros will play Thursday morning before heading to Reading for a road series. It is unclear where Wood will go from here. The Indians could recall him to the major league roster or send him to another minor league affiliate for more work.

"I don’t know," Wood said about his next destination. "I have to talk to the guys up in Cleveland and see what they think and let them evaluate what happened here tonight and go from there."

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