Kerry Wood and Cubs interested in working out another deal

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Last offseason Kerry Wood turned down bigger offers to rejoin the Cubs and earlier this month he expressed interest in doing it again, saying that he liked the team’s move to hire Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

It sounds like the feeling is mutual, as Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that Wood recently had a meeting with Epstein at a local pub and Hoyer was full of praise when discussing the 34-year-old reliever.

And it also helps that Wood had a very good season for the Cubs, throwing 51 innings with a 3.35 ERA and 57/21 K/BB ratio while earning just $1.5 million.

Levine writes that Wood left as much as $8 million on the table last winter, so presumably the two sides will be able to work something out again.

Jose Altuve, Teoscar Hernandez leave game after collision

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez collided attempting to catch a shallow fly ball hit by Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the eighth inning during Tuesday night’s game.

Hernandez, who was called up earlier on Tuesday, had just come into the game as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran. George Springer entered the game in right field in Hernandez’s place after Hernandez was carted off the field. Altuve was replaced at second base by Marwin Gonzalez.

The Astros should have updates on the conditions of both players after the game. Losing Altuve would be a big deal for the first-place Astros, as he entered the game batting .324/.393/.459 with seven stolen bases.

Dodgers promote top prospect Cody Bellinger

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have promoted 1B/OF prospect Cody Bellinger.

Bellinger, 21, is considered the Dodgers’ best prospect and No. 10 overall in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger was hitting .343/.429/.627 with five home runs, 15 RBI, 15 runs scored, and seven stolen bases in 77 plate appearances.

The Dodgers are dealing with a slew of injuries to their outfielders — most recently losing Joc Pederson to a strained groin — so Bellinger is likely to get regular playing time there.