CLEVELAND -- Kerry Wood appears ready to get demoted to the Minors. Of course, this is a demotion Wood, on the mend from a back strain below his right shoulder, is looking forward to. The Indians' closer will begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Monday with Double-A Akron.
Without getting into specifics, manager Manny Acta said Wood will require more than one rehab appearance before he's ready to rejoin the Indians. The level of competition is not considered as important as the simple adrenaline of game activity. Wood hasn't appeared in a game scenario since early in Spring Training. "It's good for him to see people in a different uniform," Acta said.