Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is expected to pitch one last time -- possibly as soon as Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox -- before calling it a career after more than 13 seasons in the major leagues.
No announcement about Wood's retirement is expected to come before that outing, but a link to an MLB.com story about the pending move and the right hander's final appearance is posted on the Cubs' website.
Initial reports stated that Wood would retire Friday, but then the plan to allow him to pitch one more time surfaced. The team has said that Wood is available to pitch Friday afternoon, but it also has no intention of forcing him into a game, according to ESPN.Chicago.com.
Wood was the Cubs' top draft pick in 1995 and earned the nickname Kid K after striking out 20 batters in only his fifth major league start on May 6, 1998. He has 1,581 total strikeouts and his average of 10.313 strikeouts per nine innings pitched is first among active players and second on the all-time list.