CLEVELAND -- Kerry Wood's latest bullpen session lasted about 40 pitches and went well enough that Wood is not expected to throw another simulated game. The Indians' closer feels he's ready for the real thing. Or, at least, the real thing in the Minors. Wood hasn't pitched in a game since early in Spring Training because of a strained muscle in his back, below the right shoulder. He could be sent out on a rehab assignment in the Minors as early as Sunday or Monday, he said Friday.
"I'll throw an inning or two [in the Minors]," Wood said. Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron are both at home Sunday and Monday, so those are possible destinations for Wood.