Wood was hoping to be able to pitch through the injury, but noted that only time off from throwing will allow the finger to fully heal.
After taking a pay cut to sign with the club this offseason, Wood has been solid for the Cubs. He’s logged 24 innings out of Chicago’s pen, holding an ERA of 2.25. Wood has struck out 21 while walking 10.
Wood was originally drafted by the Cubs in 1995 and began his career as a starter. He averaged over 30 starts a season and an ERA under 3.50 from 2001-03.
Injuries ultimately forced Wood to the pen, where he spent his last season with Chicago. He was an All-Star closer for the club during that 2007 season, saving 34 games while maintaining a 3.26 ERA over 65 appearances.
Cubs infielder Jeff Baker returned from the 15 day DL today and will fill Wood’s roster spot.