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Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that Wood is an option to start Sunday against the Orioles, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

Added 05/11/17 11:28 am (EST)
Yost will have to fill the gap left by Ian Kennedy (hamstring) for at least one more turn through the rotation. The first chance went to veteran right-hander Chris Young, and the manager said he was "leaning" toward going that same route this weekend. However, Young lasted just three innings in an unimpressive effort Tuesday, so Wood could get the call. The 30-year-old Wood hasn't started a game since late in the 2015 season as a member of the Cubs. If the left-hander does in fact get the ball, owners would be wise to avoid Wood considering his 11.91 ERA and 2.38 WHIP over 12 appearances this season.
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Wood allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and a walk while striking out just one batter through two innings during Thursday's loss to the White Sox.

Added 05/05/17 11:53 am (EST)
Now sporting a 14.04 ERA and 2.76 WHIP over 8.1 innings, Wood's pitched himself off the fantasy grid. The crafty lefty will probably right the ship if given the opportunity, but his smoke-and-mirrors pitch arsenal might not be a good fit out of the bullpen. He's posted a 4.81 FIP as a reliever the past two seasons, after all.
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Wood (0-1) was tagged with the loss Thursday after surrendering a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning against the Rangers.

Added 04/21/17 2:27 pm (EST)
Coming off a career-best campaign in 2016 with the Cubs, his first season as a full-time reliever, Wood has struggled mightily in the early going in 2017. Through seven appearances and 4.2 innings, the left-hander has forfeited seven earned runs on six hits and six walks for a 13.50 ERA and 2.57 WHIP.
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Manager Ned Yost announced on Monday that Wood would begin the season in the bullpen, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

Added 03/20/17 1:35 pm (EST)
Wood spent all of the 2016 season in the bullpen with the Cubs, posting a 2.95 ERA across 77 relief appearances. It was thought he might make the switch back to being a starter, a role he primarily occupied from 2010 to 2014, however he was beaten out for the last job by recently acquired Nathan Karns. The 30-year-old could see some starts if injuries hit the Royals' rotation, but he will likely spend the majority of the year in a relief role.
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Wood and the Royals agreed to terms on a two-year contract Monday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Added 02/13/17 6:15 pm (EST)
Wood still has to pass a physical for the deal to become official, but all indications are that he'll join the Royals in short order. The left-hander, who spent last season with the Cubs, could be used in the bullpen or as a starter, and it's unclear, exactly, how he'll be used in Kansas City. Wood posted a 2.95 ERA across 77 relief appearances last season, but he has extensive experience as a starter, having been utilized in that role at the major league level almost exclusively from 2010 to 2014.
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Toronto is looking into LHP Travis Wood on the free agent market.

Added 12/19/16 10:43 am (EST)   Source
Wood had a strong year in the Cubs' bullpen, with a 2.95 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. Last year Toronto was sixth in the league in bullpen ERA.
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Cubs are interested in bringing Travis Wood back to the bullpen.

Added 12/02/16 9:31 am (EST)   Source
Wood is testing the free agency market to see if he can be a starting pitching next season over his bullpen role he had for the Cubs. Wood went 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 77 games last season. The Cubs would like to keep a lefty relief pitcher that they are familiar with, and will actively try to keep Wood around with a long-term deal.
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Travis Wood will start in the Cubs' spring opener Thursday.

Added 03/01/16 7:57 pm (EST)   Source
Wood figures to be more of a spot starter than a pitcher working his way into the starting rotation in Chicago. With his strikeout potential, he works out much better as a reliever than a starter, as was seen in 2015.
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Travis Wood will be stretched out this spring.

Added 02/20/16 3:36 pm (EST)   Source
The Cubs are being active in planning for rotation injuries, which inevitably occur during the course of the MLB season. They are also stretching out Trevor Cahill this spring to plan for unforeseen contingencies. Figure Wood to be the option as a starter ahead of Cahill.
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