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Wood throws simulated game
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06/27/2004  3:11 PM ET
Wood throws simulated game
Righty throws 42 pitches, feels no arm pain
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Kerry Wood expects to throw one more simulated game and then one minor league start. (Paul Connors/AP)
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs right-hander Kerry Wood threw three innings in a simulated game Sunday at Wrigley Field and could be headed to a minor league rehab start soon.

Wood threw 42 pitches over three innings in the session at Wrigley with switch-hitter Jose Macias standing in as the lone batter. The Cubs were playing the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field Sunday, but couldn't get the field time they needed so Wood had an early wakeup call and was throwing at 8 a.m. CT.

"It felt pretty good," said Wood, who has been sidelined with inflammation in his right triceps, and last started for the team on May 11. "I threw all my pitches and I don't think I gave up any runs."

"Today he was as good as I've seen him," Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "While he's been going through this, he's been concentrating on some things to make sure he protects everything. He was good mechanically before this all came up. He was back to hitting his stride pretty well."

"I'm very encouraged," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He's encouraged -- I can tell by the look on his face."

Rothschild said he will wait until Monday to see how Wood's arm responds to the session.

"It was nice to actually see a hitter up there taking some swings against me," Wood said. "It's what I expected. I've been feeling pretty good so I was expecting to go out there with no pain and did and had some success and was pleased with the way I threw."

Rothschild hasn't set the next step. Wood expected one more simulated game and then a minor league rehab start. Wood was 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA in seven starts before he was sidelined.

"I think he needs to get some innings in and needs to face some hitters," Rothschild said. "How we do that, we'll see. Today was the first part of it. It's confidence, knowing he can face hitters and things like that."

It's been tough to be on the sidelines.

"I'm ready to go, I'm chomping at the bit," Wood said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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