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Kerry Wood To Retire? Cubs Pitcher May Call It Quits After One Last MLB Outing

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Kerry Wood is almost ready to retire, according to the Chicago Tribune. The 34-year-old right-handed pitcher with the Chicago Cubs is reportedly set to announce his decision on Friday afternoon.

Saddled with a 8.64 ERA after nine appearances during the 2012 season, Wood has been a reliever in his second stint in Chicago. He became a superstar with the Cubs early in his career, pitching one of the most dominant games in MLB history with a 20-K game as a rookie in 1998.

Although age and injury have sapped Wood's stuff of its bite, he apparently would like to be given the ball again at Wrigley before calling it a career. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Wood "wants one more outing."

Wood's interest in pitching one last time could put Cubs manager Dale Sveum in a tough position with the White Sox coming to the North Side for an interleague series. Given Wood's struggles, would Sveum insert him in to a close game for sentimental reasons? With the team already dwelling in the NL Central cellar, should he?

ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla reports that won't happen, citing an unnamed source.

Ahead of his hoped for swan song, Wood has a career record of 86-75 with 63 saves, a 3.76 ERA, 1.268 WHIP and 10.3 K/9, per Baseball Reference.

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