Notes: Wood throws, impresses skipper

Notes: Wood impresses Piniella

MESA, Ariz. -- Kerry Wood threw 25 pitches off a mound Monday, his second session in Cubs camp, and impressed new manager Lou Piniella.

"He threw the ball nice and easy," Piniella said of Wood, coming back from a partial tear in his right rotator cuff. "The ball really comes out of his hand real easy. He's got some good life to it."

Wood has been throwing for a few months, but his sessions in camp were delayed when he suffered a bruise on his chest after falling out of a hot tub one week ago. The Cubs have not established any rules regarding jacuzzis.

"It was just a freak thing," Piniella said.

"I've been off the mound longer than most of the guys here," Wood said. "Once we get the chest issue out of the way -- I still feel it a little bit -- I'll be OK."

Wood will throw on the side again Wednesday, increasing his pitches then, and could have two to three more side sessions before he faces hitters. The other pitchers are expected to throw on the side one more time before they see hitters.

Piniella likes the prospect of Wood moving to the bullpen.

"He's got a ton of talent and great stuff," Piniella said. "According to our medical people and our trainers, they feel that throwing less pitches more often is just the tonic he needs. I like the idea myself."

However, when Wood does throw out of the 'pen, expect him to limit his pitch selection to fastball, sliders and changeups. He'll likely skip the curve. Wood can't wait to stand on the mound and face a batter.

"I think everybody here is [anxious], but I've been off the mound for a while now and it'd be nice to get some feedback from somebody else," Wood said.

Quote of the day: "I've always liked Lou. It's like everybody says -- Lou's a beautiful person. He's fun to be out with. But when he puts that uniform on, you better play baseball. It's difficult for managers today because of the guaranteed contracts. But believe me, it's not difficult for Lou. He'll be lenient to a point." -- WGN Radio broadcaster Ron Santo

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Tickets: Individual game tickets go on sale Friday, and fans who plan on purchasing them at the Wrigley Field box office should note that wristbands will be available starting Wednesday. There will be no advantage to camping out at the ballpark as initial positions will be established by a random drawing of all wristbands distributed before 6 a.m. CT on Friday.

Wristbands will be available at Wrigley from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT on Wednesday, and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday. There is a limit of one wristband per person. You will be required to show two forms of identification.

Extra bases: Piniella will host the first full-squad workout on Tuesday at Fitch Park. Infielders Ronny Cedeno, Daryle Ward and Mike Kinkade reported on Monday. The other early bird position players, like Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lee, were given the day off. ... Monday's workout was trimmed by a half hour because of rain and cold. ... Among the other pitchers who threw Monday were Carlos Zambrano, Mark Prior, Ted Lilly, Jason Marquis, Wade Miller and Jeff Samardzija. They all threw 25 pitches, rested, then threw another 20. "Prior threw the ball really well," Piniella said. "Let this young man continue to work without too much attention and everything will take care of itself real well." ... Ward had to go back to the Phoenix airport Monday. He picked up the wrong suitcase when he arrived. ... Casey McGehee rejoined the Cubs on Monday after flying home to be with his wife, Sarah, who gave birth to the couple's first child, Mackail. Mackail McGehee? "Call him 'Double Mac,'" pitcher Will Ohman said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.