"I thought it was good for the most part. I think I'm getting closer," Wood said to MLB.com. "I think they hit a lot of weak ground balls. Hit a couple hard, but overall I thought it was good. ... Get that next [start] done, and I'll be right where I need to be."
Manager Fredi Gonzalez liked that Wood was able to see some real game scenarios in his appearance.
"You know what was good about it today? He got himself in a couple jams," Gonzalez said. "It was nice to see that he had to get out of those jams, working through those things.
"Because sometimes you go 1-2-3, 1-2-3 every single time, it's a little different. You don't get the adrenaline, the juices flowing. Today he faced a really, really good right-handed dominant lineup and he did great."
"I think once my pitch count got up, I might have got a little tired there at the end," Wood said. "That probably played a little role. It had to be 20 degrees hotter than my last start. But the body felt good and the legs felt good as well. So, I was happy with my stuff today."
Wood also surrendered two runs in his two-inning spring debut but both were charged to the pitcher.
"I feel great," said Wood after his throwing session. "I think that's what I'm most excited about. The body's finally come back around to where I feel good. I'm ready to head off and get started. I'm definitely ready to get going."
Wood, who went 11-11 with a 2.78 ERA in 2014 with 170 strikeouts in 171 2/3 innings pitched, knows many think his forearm may have been injured than was originally let on.
"I was never worried about it at all," Wood said. "It's funny seeing all that stuff, when people asked me and talk about it, it was like, 'No. I was 180 innings deep and I just tweaked my forearm a little bit.'"
The 24-year-old Wood went 11-11 with a 2.78 ERA in 35 outings (24 starts) in 2014. He struck out 170 batters in 171 2/3 innings.
The team is taking precautions with Wood's injury with a shot at the postseason off the table. Wood finishes the year with a 2.78 ERA and 170:45 K:BB ratio in 171 2/3 innings.
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