Wood pitches well, ready for next step

Wood pitches well, ready for next step

CHICAGO -- Kerry Wood is ready for a real, albeit Minor League game.

The Cubs pitcher will throw for one of the organization's Minor League teams on Sunday, most likely at Class A Peoria, which will play host to Lansing.

On Tuesday, Wood pitched for the Cubs' Rookie League team in a Spring Training game in Mesa, Ariz., and he gave up one hit and struck out eight over five scoreless innings. He did not walk a batter. Wood has been rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, which he had in late August.

The Cubs want to see how Wood recovers from the extended session, but general manager Jim Hendry said Tuesday the next step would be for the right-hander to pitch somewhere "in the system."

The Cubs will get a first-hand look at their three rehabbing pitchers -- Wood, Mark Prior and Wade Miller -- plus outfielder Angel Pagan during the two-game series in Arizona. All are working out in Mesa, Ariz., at the team's facility.

Wood and Miller had similar procedures done on their shoulders. Prior is rehabbing from a strained muscle in his right shoulder that occurred in March. Pagan tore his hamstring on April 15.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.