Kerry Wood expected to rejoin the Indians on Friday

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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.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.