Chicago Cubs rookie Kerry Wood will start Wednesday but he will probably skip the following start to rest what he calls a "dead arm."
Wood (11-5) will pitch as scheduled Wednesday against Arizona at Wrigley Field and then work only on the side, missing a start in San Francisco and returning to the rotation Aug. 16 against Houston. Wood struck out an NL record 20 batters against the Astros on May 6.
"I'm not really concerned about it," pitching coach Phil Regan said. "It's almost like spring training when a pitcher has a tired arm. Every pitcher goes through it."
Cubs manager Jim Riggleman said Wood may not miss a game if he feels better after Wednesday's start against the Diamondbacks.
"It's just a dead arm," Wood said Monday.
The soreness is in Wood's right biceps and it has bothered him early in his last two starts, forcing him to hold back.
"It's helped me in a way because I have to go out and pitch," Wood said. "Maybe it's been a blessing in disguise."
Wood did throw on the side Monday, his regular time before a start, and said it was the best he's felt in a month.
"(The soreness is) a response to throwing," trainer Dave Tumbas said.
The Cubs are carefully monitoring the 21-year-old right-hander. He has thrown 128 2/3 innings in 20 starts so far for the Cubs and threw five innings in one minor-league start. Last year, he totaled 151 2/3 innings in the minors.
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