Then, a few minutes later, when Roberts addressed reporters in the third-base dugout, he dropped a surprise by saying Wood will be activated tomorrow instead.
“We decided to wait another day,” Roberts said. “He’ll be activated tomorrow. We have to make, obviously, a roster move, and we haven’t decided which direction we’re going to go.”
There’s no room on the 40-man roster for Wood, who has been on the 60-day DL since undergoing a debridement procedure on his left elbow in July.
The left-hander is expected to take on the role of a left-handed relief specialist when he returns. If the Dodgers weren’t serious about auditioning Wood for a postseason job, it would be easy to shut him down for the season. Wood made 10 starts before his injury, going 1-4 with a 3.99 earned-run average. He hasn’t pitched as a reliever in two years.
But there was no time for Wood to build up to a starter’s pitch count and a plethora of alternative choices. The Dodgers’ current starting rotation consists of Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Jose De Leon and Brock Stewart.
Left-hander Brett Anderson (finger blister), lefty Scott Kazmir (finger blister) and right-hander Brandon McCarthy (right hip stiffness) are all on the 15-day disabled list working back from various injuries.
Now, with two weeks left in the regular season, it might be time for the Dodgers to eliminate a starting pitcher or two from consideration for the postseason roster.
Asked if Kazmir was a candidate for the 60-day DL — a procedural move that would end Kazmir’s season and open up a spot for Wood — Roberts wouldn’t rule it out.
“There’s some things we’re trying to figure out,” he said. “We just haven’t — we’re discussing them and trying to figure it out. Another day will give us more clarity.”
Kazmir was originally shut down with neck inflammation on August 23, an injury that resurfaced during his only minor league rehab game at Triple-A on Sept. 7. The finger blister developed later.
Roberts called Kazmir’s blister “minor,” but said the team still hasn’t determined how Kazmir will build up his pitch count in time to contribute.
Only one healthy 40-man roster player isn’t in Los Angeles right now: Chris Taylor. The 26-year-old shortstop batted .218 in 29 games with the Dodgers and .322 in 78 games at the Triple-A level this season. He could be designated for assignment to make room for Wood, but then the Dodgers would risk losing Taylor to another organization.
Anderson, who’s on the 15-day disabled list, is healthy enough to start or relieve, Roberts said.
McCarthy is scheduled to throw a 75-pitch simulated game Tuesday.