He’ll look for better results in his second start when the Cubs (18-26) play the Florida Marlins (12-31) on Tuesday at Dolphin Stadium.
Wood (0-1, 7.20 ERA), who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder last August and minor knee surgery in March, gave up five hits and four runs in five innings of a 5-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday in his first start of the season.
He wasn’t happy with the result as he seeks to regain the form that once made him one of the NL’s top power pitchers.
“I made a couple of bad pitches and a stupid pitch and it cost me four runs,” Wood said.
“I expect every time to go out and not give up any runs. But I can’t sit here and say I pitched bad. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to.”
Wood has been unable to throw between starts because of soreness in the shoulder, but did play catch in the outfield before Monday’s series opener, a 9-1 Marlins win.
“He wants to go (Tuesday),” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a good sign for him and us. He was a little cranky after his last start, but right now he’s a go.”
The Cubs need a strong pitching performance after getting blown out by the Marlins on Monday. Florida snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak and won for only the fourth time in 18 home games.
Chicago has lost four of its last five games and is just 5-15 in May.
Cubs center fielder and former Marlin Juan Pierre made his return to Florida and went 2-for-4 with a double, but watched as Ricky Nolasco, Florida’s starting pitcher, hit his first career homer in the fourth inning, giving him more home runs than Pierre this season.
Nolasco, who also had a double and two RBIs, was one of the pitchers the Marlins acquired in the trade that sent Pierre to Chicago on Dec. 7.
“We’ve got to start playing better,” said Pierre, who’s hitting .240 in his first year with the Cubs. “It’s getting to be crunch time. You keep saying, ‘It’s early, it’s early,’ but teams like this you should beat. We competed a little bit but when you lose 9-1—not taking nothing from the Marlins, they played well—but you have to be at least in the game. We’ve got to do something to get back in the game.”
The Marlins benefited from the return of two players to the lineup.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who hadn’t started since last Tuesday because of a strained left shoulder, went 3-for-3 with three runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
The Marlins also activated Jeremy Hermida from the disabled list before the game. The 22-year-old right fielder, considered a top rookie-of-the-year candidate, singled as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and remained in the game. He had been out since April 11 with a right hip flexor.
Scott Olsen (2-3, 6.55) starts for the Marlins on Tuesday. He gave up eight hits and eight runs in 4 2-3 innings at Atlanta in his last start, a 9-1 loss on Thursday.
Olsen started against the Cubs on April 26, but didn’t earn a decision in Florida’s 7-5 victory. He gave up two earned runs and one hit in five innings that day and has no decisions and a 2.45 ERA in two career starts against Chicago.