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Cubs right-hander Kerry Wood underwent

arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to clean out his right

shoulder, putting an end to a season riddled by injuries.


The hour-long operation included reinforcement of the

labrum, as well as a debridement of the rotator cuff and

bursa. The procedure was performed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek at

Beacon Orthopedics in Sharonville, Ohio.


??I spoke with Dr. Kremchek and this was what he was

hoping to find when he got in there,'' Cubs trainer Mark

O'Neal said before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles

Dodgers. ??This is exactly what he was looking for. We're

very pleased with that.''


Wood is expected to begin a four-month rehabilitation

program next week to regain motion and strength. The Cubs

hope he'll recover in time to start the 2006 season.


O'Neal emphasized Wood must first regain complete range of

motion and strength in the shoulder before throwing again.


??You don't start any throwing program until you do

that,'' O'Neal said. ??We're very confident Woody will be

able to do that without any hiccups just because of the shape

he was in going into surgery.''


Wood, the Cubs' ace through most of his career, made only

10 starts this season because of shoulder problems. He was on

the DL from May 30 to June 29 with a strain, and then from

July 25 to Aug. 5 with inflammation.


After his second stint on the DL, he returned as a

reliever. He made his first major league relief appearance on

Aug. 5 in New York.


In 11 relief appearances, Wood pitched 12 innings and was

0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 17 strikeouts. In his final outing

Monday, he pitched one scoreless inning against the Los

Angeles Dodgers.


In 10 starts this season, Wood was 3-3 with a 4.67 ERA.


Manager Dusty Baker hopes Wood will be able to rejoin the

Cubs' rotation next season.


??You hate to say wait-and-see, but that's how it is,''

Baker said. ??We're counting on him big time. At this point,

I can't say in which capacity. We're hoping as a starter. If

not, we'll do the next-best thing for him and us.''



Source: AP

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