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No time frame for Wood's return

No time frame for Wood's return

OAKLAND -- Closer Kerry Wood pitched another bullpen session before Sunday's game against the Oakland A's and "felt good," according to Indians manager Manny Acta, but there is still no targeted date for Wood to begin a rehab assignment.

"We're not putting any time frame on it," Acta said. "He's going to throw another bullpen [Wednesday] in Anaheim, and then, from there, we're probably going to build up some type of rehab assignment, with probably another simulated game before then. Everything is going to depend on how the next bullpen goes."

Wood hasn't pitched in a game since March 10, in Spring Training, because of a strained back muscle.

"He feels fine," Acta said. "Everything is all set for the next bullpen. He just has to build up a little bit of stamina and then go from there."

On Sunday, Wood threw more than 20 pitches, as Acta, pitching coach Tim Belcher and trainer Lonnie Soloff looked on. When Wood threw a simulated game on Friday, he struggled with his command. His command on Sunday was better, Acta said.

"The last time, his command wasn't there, and he felt a little discouraged by that," Acta said. "And that will happen."

Before Friday's session, Acta said there was a chance that Wood might be activated without a rehab assignment. Now, a rehab assignment is probable.

"But again, we can't put any time frame or anything like that because it all depends on the next step," Acta said."

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