HOUSTON -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood had to leave Saturday's game after three innings because of tendinitis in his right shoulder, the same problem that knocked him out of his previous start.
Wood was pulled after just 54 pitches against the Houston Astros on Saturday. He gave up three runs on four hits and two walks, and struck out six.
The right-hander had a long first inning, throwing 28 pitches and facing eight batters as Houston took a 3-0 lead. But Wood struck out the last two batters in the first and struck out the side in the second for five straight K's.
Wood, bothered this spring by bursitis in his shoulder, left his last start on April 24 against Pittsburgh because of tendinitis. In that game, he threw 76 pitches over five innings.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.