Alex Wood hasn’t appeared in a major league game since May 30. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers announced today that pitcher Alex Wood will undergo “an arthroscopic debridement of his left elbow” this afternoon in New York. The estimated recovery time is eight weeks.
Wood, 25, hasn’t pitched since May 30. He might not pitch again this season. Eight weeks from now is the middle of September — too late a juncture for the Dodgers to bank on Wood rejoining their rotation for the stretch run. Wood pitched out of the bullpen in his rookie season of 2013, and that might be the most realistic role if he is to rejoin the Dodgers this season.
Initially placed on the 15-day disabled list due to posterior elbow soreness, Wood was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 29.
Wood and Clayton Kershaw — who’s now out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his lower back — threw simulated games over the weekend at Dodger Stadium.
Reporters left Nationals Park last night tweeting about hail in the Washington D.C. area, which brought the potential for severe consequences overnight. Mostly, we were worried about windshields. Turns out we should have been worried about the park itself.
This is one of those scenes that makes you go “uhhhh.” As in: “uhhhh, don’t the Dodgers and Nationals have a game tonight? Aren’t they going to need that flooded batting cage?”
Yes and yes.
Chase Utley hit a home run in the Dodgers’ first at-bat Tuesday against Washington Nationals starter Reynaldo Lopez, who was making his major league debut. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers roughed up Washington Nationals rookie Reynaldo Lopez, and moved 4 ½ games out of first place with an 8-4 win over the Washington Nationals. The box score is here.
Hyun-Jin Ryu joined Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list, and Kershaw is no closer to coming off the DL. Columnist Jeff Miller contemplates life without Kershaw.
Julio Urias, center, hasn’t pitched for the Dodgers since July 4. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Tuesday in Washington D.C. that Julio Urias will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Thursday against the Washington Nationals. Bud Norris will start Wednesday, taking the spot vacated when Hyun-jin Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis.
Urias, 19, is 1-2 with a 4.95 earned-run average in eight major league starts. He last started on July 4 against the Baltimore Orioles, and had been working out of the bullpen at Triple-A Oklahoma City in the meantime.
Norris will be pitching on regular rest by virtue of Monday’s off-day.
In the meantime, don’t hold your breath on Clayton Kershaw returning this weekend in St. Louis:
Kershaw is on the 15-day disabled list with lower back pain, eligible to return at any time. He had progressed well enough in his throwing program to make a return this weekend possible. The ace left-hander is 11-2 with a major-league leading 1.79 ERA in 16 starts this season.
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is in his fourth major league season. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
It’s trade rumor season, in case you haven’t noticed. The Dodgers have too much depth on their 40-man roster, too many top-100 prospects, and too many needs at the major league level not to make a trade before the July 31 deadline. Or so the prevailing wisdom goes.