PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood allowed a hit, struck out two and threw a wild pitch in his second rehab assignment with Class-A Peoria on Thursday night.
He needed only 13 pitches to get through the seventh inning, mixing a couple of knee-buckling curves with several 94 mph fastballs to hold a 4-0 lead.
``I was able to get ahead of hitters tonight and that always helps,'' Wood said. ``That allowed me to throw a couple of breaking balls.''
The Cubs, who are converting Wood into a reliever, want to see him pitch on consecutive days by throwing another inning of relief on Friday. It would be the first time this season Wood has pitched on consecutive days.
``It doesn't really concern me,'' Wood said. ``I expect to feel fine.''
General manger Jim Hendry, who is expected in Peoria on Friday to watch Wood pitch, has said he wants the right-hander to make at least one appearance at Triple-A Iowa before rejoining the Cubs.
``Jim and I will have a conversation and we'll make the right decision in terms of where I go next,'' Wood said.
Wood, the 1998 NL Rookie of the Year, has been on the disabled list since the start of the regular season with tendinitis in his right shoulder.
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