OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cleveland closer Kerry Wood wasn't happy after pitching a one-inning simulated game but the Indians are waiting to see how he responds before deciding on the next step in his rehab.
The veteran right-hander, who hasn't pitched in a game since March 10 back in spring training, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he was sore and wasn't as sharp as he hoped to be following his workout prior to Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics.
That might be a red flag for the Indians but manager Manny Acta stopped short of calling it a setback for Wood.
"We have to wait until he comes in tomorrow and see how he feels," said Acta following Cleveland's 10-0 loss to the A's. "Then (we'll) make a decision whether we're going to have another simulated game or whether he goes on a rehab or rest."
Wood, who is making $10.5 million in the last season of a two-year contract, made two appearances in spring training before a muscle in his upper back started bothering him.
He pitched a simulated game earlier this week and had hoped to pitch without pain on Friday so he could possibly begin a rehab stint in the minors. Now he'll have to wait at least 24 hours before finding out what the next step will be in his recovery process.