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Though Wood doesn't throw as hard as he once did, the 30-year-old can still be an intimidating figure on the mound, something the Indians haven't had in recent years. Both Borowski and Bob Wickman relied on off-speed pitches to fool hitters. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Wood still goes to his fastball when he needs an out.
The only worry about Wood his durability. He has had a long history of injuries and surgeries, which forced the Cubs to move him from their starting rotation to the bullpen in 2007, a switch Wood had to accept to prolong his career.
Wood, who won a career-high 14 games for the Cubs in 2003, lives in Arizona during the offseason and could stay there to train since the Indians recently opened a year-round facility in Goodyear, Ariz.
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