Dodgers scratch Alex Wood from start against Chicago Cubs with forearm stiffness.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood won’t start Saturday because of stiffness in his left (throwing) forearm. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers scratched Alex Wood from his scheduled start on Saturday due to left forearm soreness.

Right-hander Carlos Frias will now start the game against Seattle in Peoria, while Brandon Beachy will start the home game against the Cubs.

The injury bug has already bitten the Dodgers’ rotation repeatedly three weeks into camp. Brett Anderson was ruled out until at least June following surgery on a herniated disk in his back. Hyun-Jin Ryu is optimistically targeting a May return from his shoulder surgery last year.

Those injuries made Wood the Dodgers’ number-4 starter by default. Beachy and Mike Bolsinger are manager Dave Roberts‘ top candidates to be the team’s number-5.

Wood, 25, went 5-6 with a 4.35 ERA in 12 starts for the Dodgers last year after he was acquired in a July trade.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.