Cubs general manager Jim Hendry says reports are good on right-hander Kerry Wood's surgically repaired right shoulder. Fans can get a first-hand look in a few weeks.
Wood and his wife, Sarah, will host a pair of charity events in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 12, to raise funds for childhood cancer care.
The day begins with the second annual "Kerry Wood's Strike Zone -- A Celebrity Bowling Tournament to Help Strike Out Cancer." The event is set for 10-Pin Bowling Lounge, 330 N. State St., and will benefit Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Confirmed to appear at the bowling event are Cubs teammates Mark Prior and Ryan Dempster, Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, former Cub Mark Grace and Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Clement. Last year's inaugural event raised more than $400,000 for pediatric cancer research at the hospital.
A silent auction will be conducted during the bowling tournament featuring items such as Bat Boy for a Day with the Chicago Cubs, a first pitch at Wrigley Field and a clubhouse toilet seat signed by past and present players. A limited number of corporate lane sponsorships and standing room only packages are still available. For more information, contact Tracey Colligan at 713-693-8341 or Molly Riley 773-880-6868 or visit www.kerrywoodstrikezone.com.
After the tournament, Kerry and Sarah Wood will host a celebrity bartending event at Le Passage, 937 N. Rush St., where celebrities will compete for tips while pouring drinks for customers. Doors open to the general public at 9 p.m. CT and the event will go until 11 p.m. Included in the evening's festivities will be another auction, with items including an evening at Le Passage with Cubs pitcher Todd Wellemeyer.
Proceeds from the auction as well as a cover charge of $30 and all tips will be donated to Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, which is recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country and No. 1 in Illinois by rankings published in U.S. News & World Report.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.