"Like Sands Through the Hourglass..."

Over the years, Kerry Wood has had trouble with his elbow and shoulder and had surgery on both. But he's also had a run of spring training bad luck in other areas as well.

"In past spring trainings I've had bronchitis, vertigo, I'm sure I've had the flu," the Cubs pitcher said. "Spring is a bad time for me. I'm great in October, December and January."

Well, the bad luck in February and March continued.

Wood came to camp a little sore and was not able to throw off the mound for the first few days because he injured his side when he slipped in his hot tub at home.

"It was just a little spill," Wood said. "I didn't think anything of it. Nothing's wrong. It's just going to be a few extra days. My arm feels great. My body feels good. This isn't going to get me down."

Wood, who missed significant time because of arm woes the past two seasons, will move to the bullpen this year to save wear and tear on the arm.

He reported to camp in great shape after shedding 30 pounds and said he is looking forward to his new role as a one-inning setup man.

"I'm treating it as something that gets me back in the game," Wood said. "For me, I feel like I've been out of the game for two years. The key is to pitch a full season and stay healthy and assess all that stuff after the season."

The preceding story was authored by a third-party outlet and obtained by Scout.com through contractual agreement.


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