Similar to when Justin Turner returned (Chase Utley came up sore) – the disabled list has solved a problem of too many bodies in the Dodgers dugout. In this case, Alex Wood hits the 10-day disabled list. The corresponding roster move for Los Angeles is that left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup been activated.
The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed LHP Alex Wood on the 10-day disabled list with a left adductor tendonitis and reinstated LHP Zac Rosscup from the 10-day disabled list.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 4, 2018
I really appreciate the way Alex Wood has battled since his June 9th start against the Atlanta Braves. Since that start, Wood is 6-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 59 innings pitched. He’s held opposing batters to a .643 OPS during that time, and has struck out 47 batters while allowing 17 walks.
This pertains to last night against the Astros as well. Wood didn’t have his best stuff – but he kept the Dodgers in the game and his guile gave the team a chance to win it down to their final at-bat. Wood isn’t going to finish with the numbers he had in 2017. Still, he’s been an integral part of the Dodgers remaining in a battle for first place.
When Wood misses his next start, it will be the first start he’s missed in 2018.
The bottom line is this is a very temporary thing. Imagine if the postseason started today. Wood is likely rounding out the best four starting pitchers as things stand. We have all been following the Dodgers long enough to know that this move is more about logistics than a serious injury. Yet, if you want to read about adductor tendonitis; I welcome you to do so right here. There’s a chance that Wood’s groin is barking a bit – though it hasn’t affected his performance by the numbers. The more likely scenario is that the Dodgers are covered with enough starting pitchers for the time being, and could use the extra relief arm flexibility that Rosscup will provide.
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