Much to the chagrin of fans attending the Cubs Convention, Kerry Wood arrived to Friday’s opening ceremonies at the Hilton Chicago wearing a sling on his pitching arm after injuring his elbow earlier in the day pushing a button in the hotel’s elevator. The latest incident is just another in a long line of ailments that have landed the hurler on the disabled list 14 times in 13 MLB seasons.
“I meant to hit ‘lobby’ but accidentally pressed ‘lower lobby’ and felt a sudden twinge in my elbow,” said Wood. “It’s just one of those freak things that could happen to anyone.”
Cubs’ trainer Mark O’Neal did not seem alarmed by the latest Wood injury and has prescribed him anti-inflammatory drugs and regular spa treatments to get the elbow into tip-top shape for Spring Training.
“I want him in the hot tub three times a day for the next month to lubricate the elbow joint,” said O’Neal. “I can’t see how he could hurt himself any more this way.”
By Jeremy Barewin