Kerry Wood to throw simulated game

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Kerry Wood, who is eligible to come off the disabled list, will test the blister on his right index finger with a simulated game on Wednesday.

Wood, who was placed on the DL retroactive to June 9, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Monday.

"It's getting a lot better," Wood told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday. "The skin around the finger is better. The nail is stronger. It's looking a lot better to me."

The Cubs have had to piece together their bullpen in Wood's absence with Jeff Samardzija and rookie Chris Carpenter.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.