Wood likely out for start of season with shoulder strain

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Reliever Tim Wood has been diagnosed with a right rotator cuff strain and will likely not be ready for the start of the season, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Sunday.

Wood felt discomfort in his shoulder after throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings against the Rays on Saturday and was diagnosed with the rotator cuff strain on Sunday.

Wood, who is out of Minor League options, was a strong candidate to make the bullpen out of camp, as he had been pitching well since struggling against the Rays on March 5. Wood has a 4.91 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 11 innings this spring, but his ERA over his last five outings (6 1/3 innings) is 1.42.

Ryan said the Twins will wait to decide whether to place Wood on the 15-day disabled list, because the club wants to assess the seriousness of the injury first.

"We'll see how it goes," Ryan said. "He doesn't feel right, so we're going to have to take care of it. I don't think it's an MRI situation. He just doesn't feel right. I don't know if it'll be a week or a month or what it'll be. We'll see. It could just be discomfort."

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