Alex Wood was the likely replacement for Rich Hill after he was placed on the disabled list. It’s now official.

Wood starts Monday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. It’s the Cubs’ home opener, and they’ll raise the World Series banner before the game.

When Scott Kazmir went down for the count, Wood was reportedly the favorite for the last rotation spot. Hyun-Jin Ryu won that slot, bumping Wood to the bullpen. Wood worked as a starter all of March, and fared well. It was more about Ryu’s success than Wood’s failure.

Wood was vocal about his belief he should start, but he was accepting of a bullpen role. He added he figured he’d inevitably join the rotation regardless.

This is a big opportunity for Wood. His success keeps him as the first option to fill a rotation void. With as crowded as the Dodgers pitching room is, Wood should take advantage of every change he receives.

L.A. couldn’t muster enough offense in a 2-1 loss

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2 Responses

  1. Brad Machado

    Franklin Gutierrez, Kiki Hernandez, Scott Van Slyke. The answers to the Dodger’s inability to hit left handed pitching. Yeah right! Same crap, different year.

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  2. john franklin

    Not seeing much of that vaunted offense to date.Our pitching was supposed to win us the close ones but those 7 or 8 potential starters are now down to 4 and of those, only 2 have proven durability. It is very early in the season but if April looks like this, just imagine what September will be like. We seem to be deep only in first aid kits.

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