Spring Journal: Wood returns; Cubs announce moves

Kerry Wood threw 92 pitches and picked up the victory in a 5-4 Cubs win over Colorado at HoHoKam Park Wednesday in Mesa.

Updated: Thu., March 31, 3:22 p.m.

Wood went five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. Afterward, he told the Associated Press he felt fine and could have gone longer. The last time Wood had pitched in a game prior to Wednesday was March 9 against Texas. He has been injured this spring with bursitis in his right shoulder.

Wood's next scheduled start is Sunday, when he will pitch in a minor league game. The Cubs hope he will be able to pitch the April 8 home opener against Milwaukee.

The Cubs will be in Las Vegas Friday and Saturday for their final exhibition games of the spring. They improved to 14-15 overall this spring and 7-8 at HoHoKam Park with their victory Thursday.

After Wood's start, the Cubs announced they had waived LHP Stephen Randolph and traded INF Cody Ransom to the Rangers. Randolph was acquired in a trade from Arizona on Jan. 10 for a player to be named. He appeared in eight games this spring, posting a 1.08 ERA with six walks and four strikeouts. Ransom was signed to a minor league contract on Jan. 20. He was 4-for-25 in 17 games this spring.

The Cubs optioned left-hander Will Ohman to Triple-A Wednesday while Angel Echevarria and Calvin Murray were sent to minor league camp.

On Thursday, the Cubs released INF Dave Hansen. Hansen was 5-for-22 this spring after being signed to a minor league contract on Feb. 4. The 36-year-old hit .245 with 2 HR and 12 RBI in 86 games last year between San Diego and Seattle. Right-hander Scott Williamson was transfered to the 60-day roster. Williamson underwent "Tommy John" surgery in the offseason and is hoping to return by mid-season.

The Cubs' roster now stands at 28.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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