Friday, March 03, 2006

wood to have knee surgery

the associated press and other sources are reporting that kerry wood will have his knee scoped on tuesday, march 7, in los angeles. the tribune carries some more details:

General manager Jim Hendry called it a "minor" setback for the injury-plagued right-hander who currently is rehabbing his right shoulder after arthroscopic surgery last August. Though no timetable was given for his return, Wood was expected to be back from the shoulder problem in late April.

"I'm not expecting to miss more than a couple weeks," Wood said.

Wood came to the Cubs about three days ago and told trainer Mark O'Neal he was feeling discomfort in the knee. Wood said an MRI revealed the tear, and he will travel to Los Angeles to have surgery by Dr. Lewis Yocum. Wood was still able to throw a bullpen session on Friday and will have another bullpen session on Monday, the day before the surgery.

the daily herald is reporting it as a torn medial meniscus on his right (drive, not landing) knee, for which normal full recovery times from arthroscopic treatments are said to usually run about six weeks, with physical therapy beginning a week post-op.

it's not at all certain that this constitutes a major setback in wood's recovery from offseason surgery on his labrum and shoulder, but it is clearly a setback that will push his return back some weeks and, best case, well into may.

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