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.
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.