Sveum gets Kerry Wood's frustration

CHICAGO -- One day after Chicago Cubs reliever Kerry Wood tossed his glove and his cap into the crowd after a rough outing, manager Dale Sveum said it was not ideal behavior.

Sveum did understand where Wood was coming from, though.

"I don't condone it or wish it to happen all the time but we all know in this game there is frustration that happens," Sveum said. "Sometimes we regret things we do; that's for sure. We're not perfect human beings. But I missed the whole thing, so I didn't see any of that."

What Sveum did see was Wood giving up two runs in the eighth inning that allowed the Atlanta Braves to break a tie game and eventually go on to a victory. Wood walked two batters in his inning.

As Wood got to the Cubs' dugout, he started to launch his equipment into the paying customers. Asked about it by a reporter afterward, Wood barked, "Irrelevant, dude." He followed that with an expletive and walked away from his postgame interview.

It has been a rough season already for the 34-year-old right-hander. He barely pitched five innings in Cactus League play because of what turned out to be shoulder discomfort. He had a rough start to the season, walking three batters on Opening Day, and blowing a save in the process. Two days later, he took the loss by giving up three runs.

He had to return home during the middle of the Cubs' first road trip in April and received a cortisone injection in the shoulder. He eventually went on the disabled list. Tuesday was just the second outing for Wood since coming off the DL and he has given up two runs in each of those appearances.

"It's a matter of getting comfortable and getting into a rhythm," Sveum said of Wood. "Bottom line, it's throwing strikes and being able to use your fastball and getting back in counts. You still have to be able to use that breaking ball so there are a lot of things to work on. Sometimes it just takes a few times out on the mound."

Sveum is still determined to have Wood play a major role at the back end of the bullpen.

"We have to get him out there, we have to get him built up and get him comfortable on the mound in game situations, (even if) it's every other day for a little while," Sveum said.