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Indians eye Wood's return within two weeks

ANAHEIM -- If the plans change, it wouldn't be the first time in Kerry Wood's recovery from a right back muscle strain. But the plan for now is to have Wood back closing games for the Indians in 10 to 14 days.

That timetable comes with the usual caveat of everything working out, of course. But it's the first timetable announced by the Indians since Wood initially suffered the muscle strain under his right shoulder during Spring Training.

Wood threw a 35-pitch bullpen session before Tuesday's game at Angel Stadium, and he'll throw again Friday in Cleveland.

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"He'll have one simulated game [in Cleveland], then two rehab outings [in the Minors] so he can come in and close games right away," manager Manny Acta said. "If he goes through the rehab outings and gets his command, he can come in here and step right in."

Wood initially seemed against the idea of going to the Minors, but he warmed to the idea after having a shaky sim session in Oakland last Friday. The Indians want him to be ready for the ninth inning as soon as he returns.

Chris Perez has filled in for Wood and gone 4-for-5 in save opportunities. But Perez, entering Tuesday, hadn't had a save situation since April 18.

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