The Chicago Cubs acquired Kevin Gregg from the Florida Marlins at the outset of the off-season, and the deal was roundly reviled for two reasons:
1.) It meant Kerry Wood was not coming back; and
2.) The Cubs had to part with vaunted prospect, Jose Ceda, to get Gregg.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you can feel at least somewhat relieved about one of those two concerns. No, Kerry Wood is not coming back.
Read up, after the jump.
It’s not about Wood; but maybe dealing Ceda isn’t going to come back and bite the Cubs like the last two times they dealt young pitchers to the Marlins (read: Dontrelle Willis and Ricky Nolasco). That’s because Ceda’s shoulder is painin’.
The Marlins have suffered their first physical set-back of the spring, although it appears to be a minor one: Right-hander Jose Ceda won’t throw for three or four days because of discomfort in his right shoulder.
“He’s got a little something in his shoulder,’’ manager Fredi Gonzalez said an hour ago. “It’s better to slow him down a little bit.’’
This isn’t me wishing injury on former Cubs. It is simply me wishing to avoid the persistent regret of a studly pitcher lost.