After reports of Alex Wood expecting to return this weekend against the Cincinnati Reds, it has now been confirmed that he will take the mound on Saturday.
This will be Alex Wood’s first start since he shutout the Chicago Cubs over five innings on May 26.
#Dodgers weekend rotation:
Fri — Rich Hill
Sat — Alex Wood
Sun — Hyun-Jin Ryu
Kenta Maeda goes to bullpen "for time being"
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 7, 2017
Hill will be pitching Friday, followed by Wood and Ryu takes the Sunday game to complete the series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Alex Wood re-entering the rotation means that Kenta Maeda will be taking his talents to the Dodger bullpen, presumably as the second long relief man alongside Ross Stripling.
The inflammation in his SC joint forced Wood to miss only two starts.
He threw an extended bullpen session on Wednesday and was then cleared to make his way back to the Dodgers rotation.
Alex Wood will throw an extended bullpen session Wednesday. He expects to return to the #Dodgers rotation this weekend.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) June 5, 2017
Wood currently has a 6-0 record with a very low 1.69 ERA over the course of 48 innings pitched this season.