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Tigers pitcher Travis Wood sprains knee

Detroit left-hander Travis Wood sprained his left knee during his first spring training appearance for the Detroit Tigers.

Wood twisted the knee while starting a rundown in the second inning Thursday and fell to the ground clutching his knee. He was helped off the field and taken to the Tigers clubhouse.

The 31-year-old, who pitched in three games of the 2016 World Series for the Chicago Cubs, agreed to a minor league contract with the Tigers. He was held out of the early exhibition games because of an injury to his right index finger, sustained during a hunting accident.

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He had a 6.91 ERA and a 1.824 WHIP in 28 games for the Royals, including three starts, last season. He made 11 starts after being traded to the Padres and was 3-4 with a 6.71 ERA and a 1.662 WHIP.

“That sucks,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said of Wood’s injury. “It didn’t look very good. Just let them do their thing now, let the doctors check it out and do all those things. Find out exactly what we got, but it doesn’t look good.

“Yeah, that really sucks. I like that young man.”

Wood began the 2017 season with the Royals before being traded to the Padres on July 24. Gardenhire was a bench coach with the Diamondbacks last season.

“I watched him pitch last year against us and carve us up,” Gardenhire said. “So, it’s unfortunate. He’s got good stuff.”

Wood allowed two runs on three hits over six innings with three strikeouts to earn a win over the Diamondbacks on Sept. 19 in San Diego.

The worst case scenario for Wood would be a torn ACL. Wood joins a group of already injured Tigers pitcher, including Blaine Hardy, and Francisco Liriano.

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