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.