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Cubs' Wood faces left knee surgery

Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will have minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee next week, general manager Jim Hendry said yesterday in Peoria, Ariz.

Wood's surgery will take place Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Wood, 28, had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder last Aug. 31 and was not expected to be ready for the start of this season. He has thrown off the mound a couple of times in spring training, testing his shoulder.

An All-Star in 2003, Wood was 3-4 with a 4.23 ERA in 21 games last year. He was slowed by injuries all season, missing about three months while going on the disabled list three times.

Reese resurfaces
Florida Marlins second baseman Pokey Reese failed to show up for two consecutive days of spring training without explanation, briefly raising concerns regarding his whereabouts before he contacted his agent yesterday.

GM Larry Beinfest said Reese gave no indication that he was taking time off, and for two days the team had no idea where he was.

''We tried to track him down starting [Thursday]," Beinfest said. ''He was playing well. He looked healthy. We were happy with him, and he appeared to be happy."

Worries were allayed last evening by Reese's agent, Mike Nicotera.

''We have been informed through his agent that he is safe," said team spokesman Matt Roebuck.

Reese missed a workout Thursday. The Marlins had him in the lineup for yesterday's game against Baltimore, but he again failed to show.

''I'm not upset with him," manager Joe Girardi said. ''I just want to hear his voice that he's OK."

Reese began his major league career in 1997 with Cincinnati and won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2004.

Surgery for Guillén
Nationals outfielder José Guillén has a wrist injury that could require surgery and sideline him for three months. He was examined by a hand specialist, who diagnosed swollen tendons and a damaged tendon in the left wrist. Guillén felt discomfort during batting practice Wednesday and said he'd hurt himself during weight training. The doctor recommended surgery, which likely would keep Guillén out of the lineup until June . . . Pitcher Gabe White told the Twins he's retiring. White was competing with fellow lefthanders Dennys Reyes and Darrell May for a spot in the bullpen.

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