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.
No surprise– Alex Wood has been told he will start for #Dodgers Monday in Chicago.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 8, 2017
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.