Kerry Wood has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee, which he’ll have surgery to fix next week.
Wood will have plenty of time to get healthy by spring training, but told Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago that he’ll retire if the Cubs don’t want to bring him back in 2012.
Wood took significantly less money to sign with the Cubs this offseason, choosing a one-year, $1.5 million over much bigger offers from several teams, including the crosstown White Sox.
Presumably the Cubs would love to have him back for similar money next year after he threw 51 innings with a 3.35 ERA and 57/21 K/BB ratio setting up Carlos Marmol.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.