Kerry Wood threw a scoreless minor league rehab inning on Thursday evening at Double-A Akron and is likely to rejoin the Indians before Friday’s game against the Blue Jays in Toronto. This according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes.
Wood has been on the disabled list since the middle of July with a blister on his right index finger. He had a 6.30 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP and an 18/11 K/BB ratio in 20 innings before the disabling, but the Indians are going to hand him ninth-inning duties once he returns to justify the nearly $4.5 million that he’s still owed this season.
Chris Perez has served as Cleveland’s closer in Wood’s absence and has been fantastic. The 25-year-old hasn’t allowed a run since June 27 and has converted his last five save opportunities. Wood, meanwhile, has blown three saves in 11 chances this season. But, hey, money talks.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.