Johnson Out, Zito Returns to Form, Wood Back

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said pitcher Randy Johnson won't be able to pitch until mid to late April. The Diamondbacks expected this when they traded for him, but expected him to be ready earlier then late April; however, they are content with the situation. "He'll play catch," Melvin said. "I have, potentially, the first bullpen date written down, but I'm not going with it yet. We'll just see if we get there." Johnson was 15-11 with 5.00 ERA.

New Giants pitcher Barry Zito and Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti have discussed the changes Zito made to his delivery and have decided to go back to his original form.

Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood threw 10 pitches off the mound today, and pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he looked good. "He really looked good," Rothschild said of Wood, who bruised his chest in the fall. "It was only 10 pitches, but the fact that he's on his legs tells me that he feels good arm-wise.