Chicago Cub pitcher Kerry Wood will be sidelined at least three weeks after tests Monday showed he has a muscle strain in his right shoulder.
Wood underwent an MRI exam that revealed the problem, the team said. He will not be able to throw for three weeks and then will be reevaluated by team doctors to devise a strengthening program.
"I feel bad for him. He's always been a guy who will go out there whenever possible and take his turn," General Manager Jim Hendry said. "It's unfortunate that it's going to put him out for a while. But at least it's a muscular problem that can heal and not a surgical problem. That's good news. It's not a tear. He will just have to take his time like with any muscle. And hopefully he can get back for the final two-thirds of the season."
Bothered by bursitis in his shoulder during spring training, Wood has had his last two outings cut short. He left Saturday's game against the Astros after three innings. He is 1-1 in five starts with a 6.15 earned-run average. "It feels good when I'm not throwing, and it doesn't feel good when I'm throwing," Wood said.