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Dodgers: Alex Wood Placed in Injured List, Josh Sborz Recalled



The Dodgers are starting their use of the Injure List early in the season it seems, placing Alex Wood on it today. In a corresponding move, the team will also recall Josh Sborz who was traveling with the team to Houston. 

Wood is going to the injured list just a few days after a rough start against the Giants. He pitched three innings and allowed three earned runs in a loss to San Francisco. Wood also struggled to find his command the entire game, walking three batters. The Dodgers are calling his injury ‘shoulder inflammation’ so take that as you will.

For Josh Sborz, it’s just another up and down year for the right-handed reliever who has gotten used to being called up and sent down. Sborz made seven appearances for the Dodgers in 2019, going 0-1 with 8.00 earned run average and seven strikeouts. He spent the majority of the 2019 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City where he pitched to a 4.68 earned run average over 46 appearances. 

The Dodgers start up a short two-game series with the Houston Astros starting tonight. With Walker Buehler set to only go a few innings, Dave Roberts expects to get into the bullpen depth early in the series. That may be part of the reason for the recall of Josh Sborz today, considering Wood is a starter.

Dustin May is set to get the start on Wednesday and Ross Stripling would follow him in the order. Wood will not be able to make his scheduled start this weekend, though Clayton Kershaw is expected back. It’s unclear if Urias will be moved up a day or if a starter will be added in.  

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. You never wish to see someone injured – if indeed he is – but I’m not sad to him out of the rotation. But Sborz? Where’s Gonsolin? Like May earlier, this smells like holding back the FA clock.

  2. Sborz ERA at both the majors and minors level does not encourage a warm fuzzy. With a team having forgotten how to hit with runners on base against the Nr 3 and4 starters of a mediocre team we need shut out ball from the bull pen. Sborz did not do that at either lever last year. Right now the starting five of last year a re e only a memory as three are gone and two have yet to pitch

  3. I have never been a Wood fan. Now he pitches with obvious shoulder issues and can’t throw a strike. This guy is not a TEAM guy. Each game has the weight of 3. How dare he take a start with a shoulder issue and blow the game! I would put Stripling and May in the rotation and drop Wood down to the taxi squad. He has a funky delivery but very hitable.
    Especially when he has no control. I was shocked when they gave Wood a rotation slot without allowing Stripling to compete! Does Wood have pictures of Roberts or Friedman with barn animals?

  4. Was a big fan of Wood in the 2017 season but not so much today. He’s got a big mouth with nothing to back it up with. Think the IL might be the Dodgers way of making the promise of him being the 5th starter,

  5. The Dodgers have May & Gonsolin able to start. Rotation strength is something they have in plenty. ALso Santana, Grey & Gonzalez.
    I wish they would sign Martin as Catcher is a position I worry about. Especially as Barnes is not improved offensively from last year.

  6. I could see this coming from the time they got Wood’s back he’s a ticking time bomb for injuries these types of injuries will go on and on with him it’s not his fault but that’s the way it will be.

  7. Not a Wood fan, Stripling or May should be 5th starter. Our bullpen looks great, Graterol, Kelly, Treinen, & Jensen, from 6th inning on lights out.

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