So as usual I am unable to wake up most mornings without hearing the news of a new Dodger going to the disabled list. Honestly it’s just a huge slog or merry-go-round of players going on and off the disabled list. The constant roster and lineup shuffling, and the hoards of injuries continue to be a daily routine for the Dodgers. I can’t keep up. Incredibly the club keeps on winning. It’s amazing. People say it’s a tribute to their “depth”. I just think the Dodgers have a lot of talent on the roster, especially their core group of players. It’s called talent, not depth.
So today’s latest injury related news had me cursing into my morning coffee. I only heard half of it while still trying to awaken on this Memorial Day. I heard “sc joint inflammation”. I wondered who that could be. To my horror it was left handed starter Alex Wood. Yes the Dodgers have placed the hottest pitcher in baseball on the 10-day disabled list with the aforementioned joint inflammation. That’s in the elbow I believe and it’s nothing to be trifled with.
#Dodgers selected the contract of RHP Brandon Morrow, placed Alex Wood on 10-day DL with left SC joint inflammation (retroactive to 5/27).
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 29, 2017
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Wood has been the Dodgers second best pitcher and one of the best in baseball over the last two months. He’s tossed 25.1 consecutive scoreless innings and has a 6-0 record with a 1.69 ERA in 48 innings pitched. He’s struck out 60 and walked only 15 while posting a 1.00 WHIP. Wood last pitched on May 26 against the Cubs. In that game he tossed five shutout innings allowing just two hits and whiffing eight batters.
The Dodgers have stated they are hoping that he only misses one start, but who knows. You know my opinion about all of this. None of this comes as any surprise to me. When you acquire injury riddled starting pitchers, they are going to get hurt constantly, and don’t be surprised when that happens. Of course there is an easier way of doing things, but the Dodger’s front office chooses to not acquire pitchers with solid histories of health. They prefer the hard way.
That’s fine because the club is still winning, but do not be surprised when the entire starting rotation sans Clayton Kershaw is on the disabled list once again. In the meantime the Dodgers have called up Brandon Morrow from Oklahoma City. We saw Morrow pitch back in spring training and he was awful. That’s because he is awful and has been cooked for years. I beg the Dodger management to not have him start and throw away a game. My hope is that he is just a roster spot filler for a week or two, but I fear he will be starting games.
The Dodgers also transferred Brock Stewart to the 60-day DL to create 40-man roster space. Maybe we can just have a bullpen day when Wood’s spot in the rotation comes up?