Wood will transition to a role out of the Dodgers' bullpen for the remainder of the 2018 season, Andy McCullough of The Los Angeles Times reports. In his immediate absence, Ross Stripling will make another start Sunday versus the Cardinals. Wood's last outing came against Houston on Monday, so he should be available out of the bullpen within the next couple days. This move comes as a surprise considering Wood has been a solid performer for the team in 27 starts this season, though it was previously announced that he wouldn't take the mound this weekend following Monday's start. With a pair of off-days scheduled in the final few weeks of the 2018 campaign, the Dodgers will be able to manipulate their rotation with four starters while giving Stripling an outing or two instead of sticking with a traditional five-man staff, if manager Dave Roberts elects to move forward with that line of thinking. Per Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA, Wood will pitch one or two innings at a time in high-leverage spots. On the year, Wood has logged a 3.65 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with an 8.0 K/9.
Wood will no longer take the mound Sunday in St. Louis, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Manager Dave Roberts has yet to explain his reasoning behind this move, though it may have something to do with Wood's shaky outing Monday against the Reds. During that start, he allowed seven runs (six earned) and wasn't able to get out of the fourth inning. In his place, Ross Stripling -- who is starting Wednesday's game -- may pitch on short rest Sunday, or Hyun-Jin Ryu could remain on normal rest after facing the Reds on Tuesday. It's unclear whether Wood will toe the rubber against the Rockies next week or get skipped in the rotation altogether.
Wood (8-7) allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out six over 3.2 innings, taking the loss Monday against Cincinnati. Wood got off to a rough start, surrendering four first-inning runs followed by another in the third and a pair in the fourth. He'd leave the ballgame with 76 pitches (52 strikes) and a four-run deficit. This was an uncharacteristic outing for the 27-year-old lefty, who'd given up six runs over his previous six starts (32.2 innings) while fanning 27. Wood will look to get back on track in his next start Saturday in St. Louis.
Wood will start Monday's game against Cincinnati, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports. Wood was scheduled to take the hill in Sunday's series finale against Colorado, but they'll hand Rich Hill the start instead. Wood has looked sharp of late, allowing just seven earned runs over his previous six outings (32.2 frames).
Wood allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out three across five innings Monday against the Mets. He did not factor into the decision. Wood's outing wasn't dominant, but he held the Mets without an extra-base hit by combining to retire 10 of the 15 batters he faced via either strikeout or groundout. While he was able to prevent runs, the rest of Wood's performance was less convincing as he lasted only five innings and generated just three strikeouts. Still, he's been pitching well overall, allowing only six earned runs across 32.2 innings in his last six starts.