Indians place Wood on DL
Posted on: July 17, 2010 12:26 pm
In a market bullish on relievers, one more is unavailable until just before the trade deadline, as the Indians placed closer Kerry Wood on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger.
According to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince , the move is retroactive to June 12, making him eligible to return before the trade deadline.
However, as with more than $4 million left on his contract, the real trade deadline for Wood is the Aug. 31 date. He will likely clear waivers because of the combination of the money still owed to him and his 1-4 record and 6.30 ERA. Wood does, however, have 18 strikeouts in 20 innings. He has eight saves this season in 11 opportunities and this is his second trip to the DL this season.
In Wood's absence, Chris Perez will take over the closer's role and Jensen Lewis has been called up from Triple-A Columbus for his third stint in Cleveland this season. Perez has seven saves this season and a 1-0 record with a 3.94 ERA.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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