Notes and Quotes

RHP Kerry Wood had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Wood, who had shoulder surgery performed on Aug. 31, figures to be set back another couple of weeks. In order to keep his arm strength up, Wood will start throwing from a chair Thursday. Originally, the Cubs hoped he could return in April, but with this setback, it appears he'll be back in May at the earliest.

--RHP Mark Prior will face hitters for the first time in spring training when he gets some simulated work Thursday. Prior, who hasn't thrown in a Cactus League game because he missed two weeks of offseason work due to illness, is said to be close to getting ready for the exhibition season, but the Cubs have not announced when.

--3B Scott Moore suffered a lacerated finger on his right (throwing) hand and may miss a few games. Moore, a left-handed power hitter, could improve his stock in camp after enjoying a good season at Class A Daytona last year (.281 with 20 homers and 82 RBIs).

--3B Aramis Ramirez, who is suffering from an infected fingernail on his right (throwing) hand, could be back in the lineup later this week.

--1B Derrek Lee opened Team USA's scoring in the World Baseball Classic with a solo home run on Tuesday. Lee, who was a Triple Crown candidate last year and enjoyed a breakout season, said he wanted to stay in Chicago beyond this season. His agent, Casey Close, and Cubs management are scheduled to get together soon to open talks about an extension.

BY THE NUMBERS: 41,118 -- Capacity of Wrigley Field after the new bleacher expansion. Last year, the park held 39,539.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't want to participate in this thing and be out in the first round. That would be, in my opinion, God-awful." -- Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, who will represent the United States in the World Baseball Classic.


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