The Dodgers are starting their use of the Injure List early in the season it seems, placing Alex Wood on it today. In a corresponding move, the team will also recall Josh Sborz who was traveling with the team to Houston.
Wood is going to the injured list just a few days after a rough start against the Giants. He pitched three innings and allowed three earned runs in a loss to San Francisco. Wood also struggled to find his command the entire game, walking three batters. The Dodgers are calling his injury ‘shoulder inflammation’ so take that as you will.
For Josh Sborz, it’s just another up and down year for the right-handed reliever who has gotten used to being called up and sent down. Sborz made seven appearances for the Dodgers in 2019, going 0-1 with 8.00 earned run average and seven strikeouts. He spent the majority of the 2019 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City where he pitched to a 4.68 earned run average over 46 appearances.
The Dodgers start up a short two-game series with the Houston Astros starting tonight. With Walker Buehler set to only go a few innings, Dave Roberts expects to get into the bullpen depth early in the series. That may be part of the reason for the recall of Josh Sborz today, considering Wood is a starter.
Dustin May is set to get the start on Wednesday and Ross Stripling would follow him in the order. Wood will not be able to make his scheduled start this weekend, though Clayton Kershaw is expected back. It’s unclear if Urias will be moved up a day or if a starter will be added in.