Do not be surprised if you see new Royals pitcher Travis Wood pinch-hit at some point this season.
I’m not kidding.
Wood, who officially joined the Royals on Wednesday, could be used in one of those crazy extra-inning games that every team seems to play each season. You know the ones when neither team has a pinch-hitter left, other than a pitcher. Know this: Wood can rake.
In last year’s National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, Wood hit a home run, and he has nine career dingers. The Royals noted that among active pitchers, only Madison Bumgarner (14) and Yovani Gallardo (12) have more.
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That’s not all. Last season, Wood made three appearances in left field.
In fact, the Chicago Cubs made a highlight reel for Wood’s time with the North Siders and it showed his abilities at the plate and in the field field. Oh, and as a pitcher, too.
In that Cubs World Series celebration, which was part of the highlight reel, that was Wood who took off his shirt at Grant Park.