Individual Game Tickets for all customers for the Kerry Wood rehab are currently on sale via the O’Brien Field Box Office, over the phone at 1-866-MYTICKET (1-866-698-4253) or via the web at www.peoriachiefs.com. There are still a limited number of Club Box tickets left for Sunday’s game. Lawn tickets and standing room only tickets are also available.
Wood was placed on the disabled list March 28th with a right shoulder injury and has been making simulated and rehab starts at the Cubs Spring Training facility in Mesa, AZ since mid-March.
Wood appeared in two games with the Chiefs last season including a full inning of work at O’Brien Field on August 2nd against the Kane County Cougars. In those two outings, Wood allowed just one base runner while striking out five in 2 1/3 innings of work.
He then returned to the Cubs and pitched out of the bullpen before going on the 15-day disabled list on August 30th and eventually the 60-day DL on September 12th.
Selected with the 4th overall pick in 1995, Wood made his Cubs debut in 1998 with a 13-6 record and a 3.40 ERA. He made national headlines on May 6th, 1998 when he tied the Major League record with 20 strikeouts in a 1-hitter against Houston. He won the 1998 National League Rookie of the Year as the Cubs won the NL Wildcard.
Wood went 14-11 in 2003 while leading the NL in strikeouts and making the All-Start team. Wood helped the Cubs to the 2003 Central Division title and in the NLDS he went 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA and also hit a home run. Last season, Wood made 10 starts in 21 appearances and was 3-4 with a 4.23 ERA. He entered the 2006 season with a 70-54 career record, a 3.57 ERA and 1286 strikeouts in just 1109 innings.