LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers left-hander Travis Wood had to wait a week for his Spring Training debut thanks to an injury on his non-throwing hand. His season is now likely over after one Grapefruit League outing during which he blew out his left knee on a rundown play in Thursday's
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tigers left-hander Travis Wood had to wait a week for his Spring Training debut thanks to an injury on his non-throwing hand. His season is now likely over after one Grapefruit League outing during which he blew out his left knee on a rundown play in Thursday's loss to the Braves.
Tests conducted at Lakeland's Watson Clinic revealed a torn ACL and medial meniscus, the Tigers announced Friday morning. Tigers medical staff and Wood are currently weighing his surgical options. A typical recovery timetable for such an injury is more than six months, likely ruling him out for the season.
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"It's heartbreaking," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday. "For one thing, I've watched him pitch, and I know what he can do. He's a pretty good pitcher, and he really knows how to pitch. People can learn from him. He knows how to change speeds. He knows how to move the ball in and out. "
Wood -- the former Cubs, Royals and Padres swingman -- signed a Minor League deal with a non-roster invite to compete for a spot in Detroit's bullpen. After scattering two singles in a scoreless third inning, he returned for the fourth and gave up a leadoff baserunner before snaring a Carlos Franco line drive back up the middle.
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Wood caught Preston Tucker stranded off second and began running toward him to start a rundown. After throwing to shortstop Jose Iglesias, Wood made an awkward cut and collapsed on the infield grass, writhing in pain. He picked himself up but immediately hobbled toward the clubhouse in the right-field corner, helped by trainers down the line. He left the clubhouse on crutches, according to reports.
The catch of the line drive was a test of Wood's previous injury. He had sliced open his right index finger in a crossbow accident in January. Wood was able to throw when he reported to camp last month, but he couldn't catch the ball until he had a pin and stitches removed from his finger last week.
"He's a very intelligent pitcher with good stuff that can handle good lineups," Gardenhire said. "So him having this issue was disappointing for us all, and I'm devastated for him right now. But I'll tell you this: He's game-on, and he'll get it taken care of and he'll work his butt off, just like he did with his finger. He's got a great attitude, as good as you can have in this situation."
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