GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alex Wood spent the better part of a month this winter fine-tuning his mechanics, which grew further out of whack last season as he dealt with a bone bruise on his right foot. Monday was his first healthy start in a Dodger uniform.
It didn’t go as planned. Wood allowed home runs to Giovanny Urshela and Jose Ramirez in his Cactus League debut against the Cleveland Indians. But the left-hander didn’t blame his misfortune on his mechanical adjustments.
“It felt good for the most part,” Wood said. The first inning, there were a couple sinkers that I got around a little bit. After that, I felt I zoned it in pretty good in terms of how it was coming out of my hand. I thought I was behind it.”
Wood’s final line: two innings, four hits, five runs (two earned), no walks and two strikeouts.