Wood done for rest of season

Wood done for rest of season

Wood done for rest of season
CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is done for the season, sidelined with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and he will undergo arthroscopic surgery at the end of the season.

"A couple days ago, I squatted down, stood up, it popped, sharp pain, burning and that's the way it goes," Wood said Monday. "I'm glad it happened now instead of getting through the season and having something happen in spring and missing half of the season. I should be ready to go by spring."

Wood, 34, will stay with the Cubs for the final games. He needs to wait for the swelling to go down in his knee before he can undergo the procedure.

"Trying to look at the bright side, thank God it's now," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "Also, it sounds like, listening to the doctors, a little procedure, do the arthroscope, it won't affect his offseason, it won't affect anything leading into next year, and it won't affect anything he needs to do next year."

Wood appeared in 55 games this season and compiled a 3.35 ERA. He began the season with a 1.38 ERA in the first 13 games. Wood held opponents scoreless in 41 of his 55 outings. He did miss time because of a blister on his index finger.

"When he's healthy, he's real good," Quade said. "He was a huge part of that bullpen. With all the options we had, he was as important as ever."

Wood managed to deal with his knee problems most of the season, but about two hours after Saturday's game, he squatted down and felt something more than normal discomfort.

"It's kind of come and gone throughout the season," Wood said. "I just stood up and this time, it went."

The problem is not expected to hamper him next season, and the right-hander is definitely looking to return to the Cubs. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract to return to the Cubs after spending two seasons in the American League. He doesn't plan on pitching anywhere else and joked that will hurt his contract negotiations.

"I'm not going to play anywhere else," Wood said. "This is where I want to be. If they need me back and want me back, I'm sure those conversations will happen in the next couple months.

"I'm home, and this is where we're at."

A first-round Draft pick by the Cubs in 1995, Wood pitched for the team from 1998-2008, then left via free agency and signed with the Indians. Last December, he attended Ron Santo's funeral in Chicago, talked to then-general manager Jim Hendry, and they worked out a deal. Chicago is home for Wood, who held a bowling tournament Sunday night and raised nearly $400,000 for the Kerry Wood Family Foundation.

"This organization is family to me," Wood said. "I get a chance to build a new relationship with the Ricketts family. I plan on being around. I'm raising my kids here, the whole family is going to be here.

"As much as they want me around, I'd love to be a part of the organization. I'm not saying it's going to be broadcasting, I'm not saying it's going to be radio, I'm not saying I'm coaching, managing, any of that stuff. I'd like to be around and be a part, all in good time. I still feel like I have another year or two left."

And this season for the Cubs?

"Disappointing," Wood said. "We all feel the talent in this room is better than we showed this year."

Quade said he'd like to have Wood back.

"He was an important part of the bullpen and an important part of the clubhouse," Quade said. "That's big for me.

"He can still pitch. It's up to him."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.