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Wood throws off mound

Wood throws off mound

MESA, Ariz. -- Kerry Wood, sidelined with a bruise after falling out of a hot tub, threw 10 pitches off a mound Saturday, and looked good, Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild said.

Wood had been expected to throw Monday, which would've been one week after the incident at his Phoenix area home. But Rothschild said the plan was to go day to day.

"He really looked good," Rothschild said of Wood, who bruised his chest in the fall. "It was only 10 pitches, but the fact that he's on his legs tells me that he feels good arm-wise. When the injury [with his right shoulder] started cropping up, he didn't use his legs at all because he didn't want to create arm speed and cause problems. You could tell he's done a lot of work with balance and really used his legs well. It was good to see."

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Wood had undergone arthroscopic shoulder surgery in late August 2005, and made four starts in 2006 before he was sidelined again with a partial tear in his right rotator cuff. On Saturday, he didn't throw full speed. Rothschild wanted to hold him back.

"I told him, 'Let's get on the mound and see how it feels and see how you react tomorrow so we know more,'" Rothschild said.

If Wood doesn't have any problems after Saturday's short session, he'll throw 25-30 pitches on the side.

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

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