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57 Alex Wood SP

Los Angeles Dodgers

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August 3, 2020 11:40 PM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Arm feeling better
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood (shoulder) is feeling better and will resume baseball activities Tuesday or Wednesday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

Wood has been shut down since Tuesday to allow his shoulder inflammation to subside. While a timetable for his return to game action hasn't yet been established, a better picture should come into focus once he sees how his shoulder responds to throwing. Dustin May will continue to serve as a starter in Wood's absence.

August 1, 2020 11:16 AM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Yet to resume baseball activities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood is resting his left arm and allowing his shoulder inflammation to subside, thus he has not yet returned to baseball activities, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.

Wood was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, and the Dodgers have opted to allow the southpaw time to heal before pushing him to ramp up again. Per Michael J. Duarte of NBC LA, Wood will not pick up a baseball for a week, so a minimum stay on the IL appears to be a long shot. With Wood out of the rotation for the time being, Dustin May figures to continue filling in as a starter.

July 28, 2020 01:24 PM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Out with shoulder inflammation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood was placed on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation Tuesday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Wood generated some offseason hype after reports that a trip to Driveline Baseball had increased his velocity. That hype should have come with the caveat that there was no reason to believe his persistent injury problems would suddenly go away. He made just one poor start this season before landing on the injured list. It's not yet clear when he's expected to return. Josh Sborz will take his place on the active roster, while Dustin May will probably now remain in the rotation even after Clayton Kershaw (back) returns from the injured list.

July 25, 2020 10:16 PM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Struggles in season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood (0-1) took the loss Saturday versus the Giants, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four in three innings.

Wood needed 69 pitches to get through those three innings, making it a short debut in 2020 for the southpaw. The 29-year-old Wood had a 1-3 record and 5.80 ERA in seven starts with the Reds last season before signing a one-year contract to begin his second stint with the Dodgers. Wood is expected to take the mound Friday in Arizona for his second start.

July 22, 2020 09:56 AM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: First start coming vs. Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Wood would start the Dodgers' third game of the season Saturday against the Giants in Los Angeles, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Following Tuesday's exhibition win over the Angels, Roberts named Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, Wood and Julio Urias as the team's starters for this week's season-opening four-game slate, while Walker Buehler will round out the rotation by taking the hill for the road opener July 28 in Houston. Wood pitched ineffectively last season in Cincinnati while being limited to only seven big-league starts due to recurring back issues, but after signing with the Dodgers on a low-cost deal in January, the southpaw has stayed healthy and has done nothing but impress. After a visit to Driveline Baseball in the offseason, Wood flashed improved velocity in the spring and concluded his summer camp in dominant fashion last week, striking out eight and ceding two runs over six innings in his final intrasquad start.

July 17, 2020 01:56 AM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Solid in intrasquad action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood unofficially threw 89 pitches across six innings in an intrasquad game Wednesday, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out eight, per Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA.

Wood is lined up to be the the Dodgers' fourth starter this season, and judging by Wednesday's outing, he's stretched out enough to take on a normal workload from the outset of the campaign. The southpaw is looking to bounce back after an injury-filled 2019 campaign during which he was limited to only seven appearances.

April 5, 2020 12:12 PM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Changes approach to offseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood emphasized strength training and conditioning less this offseason, focusing instead on his mechanics, Rowan Kavner of Dodger Insider reports.

Injuries limited Wood to only seven games last season, thus reducing his need for substantial rest following the end of the campaign. He started throwing in October and spent time at Driveline Baseball in Washington, where he made four visits of three-to-five days each. The change in approach paid dividends for Wood this spring as he struck out seven batters in 5.2 innings and reportedly displayed increased velocity on his fastball. The southpaw is expected to start the regular season as the Dodgers' fifth starter.

March 9, 2020 02:32 PM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Confirmed as fifth starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood was confirmed as the Dodgers' fifth starter by manager Dave Roberts on Monday, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Wood has recorded an ERA below 4.00 in each of his seven big-league seasons except for his injury-filled campaign with the Reds last year. Now back in Los Angeles and showcasing increased velocity in camp following an offseason trip to Driveline Baseball, the lefty could be a great value this draft season, though health remains a concern. The Dodgers are deep in rotation options as usual and may seek to limit Wood's workload.

February 26, 2020 04:20 PM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Displaying increased velocity
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood has been clocked consistently at 92-93 mph on his fastball in spring training, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Wood is one of multiple Dodgers pitchers who worked with the esteemed Driveline Baseball program in the offseason, and the results are showing with a jump in velocity early on. Wood's fastball hasn't averaged above 91 mph since 2017, when the southpaw struck out 151 batters in 152.1 innings. For comparison, the veteran hurler averaged only 89.9 mph on his fastball last season as his strikeout rate dipped to 19.6 percent. Wood has indicated that he will be the Dodgers' fifth starter this season and could be a fantasy sleeper if the uptick in velocity holds.

February 20, 2020 03:04 PM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Spring debut coming Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood is scheduled to start Sunday's Cactus League game against the Giants, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Wood's main goal this spring might be just be to get through the exhibition slate unscathed. As a member of the Reds last season, Wood experienced back stiffness in early March and struggled to move past the issue, with his regular-season debut for Cincinnati not coming until late July. The injury cropped up again in September, but the Dodgers were apparently confident enough with the lefty's health to bring him back in free agency on a one-year, $4 million deal. Wood was a mainstay in the Dodgers' rotation from 2016 through 2018 and submitted a 3.29 ERA over that stretch, but he'll be forced to compete for a starting role coming off his down year in Cincinnati. If Wood is unable to crack the Opening Day rotation, he'll likely move into a long-relief role.

January 13, 2020 11:08 AM
Dodgers' Alex Wood: Returning to Dodgers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Dodgers on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Wood spent an injury-plagued season with the Reds in 2019, posting a 5.80 ERA over seven starts as he dealt with a back injury. The southpaw will return to the Dodgers, where he recorded a 3.29 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP over three seasons with the team prior to 2019. The team may use caution with the 29-year-old after the setbacks he faced last year, but he should be ready to perform for spring training.

September 7, 2019 12:04 PM
Reds' Alex Wood: Eyeing 2019 return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood, who was scratched from his scheduled outing Tuesday against the Phillies due to lower-back soreness, said he's hopeful to pitch again this season, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Wood indicated that he first experienced back stiffness the morning after his Aug. 29 start in Miami, with the Reds opting to skip his subsequent turn in the rotation after he failed to show much improvement in the days that followed. Considering Wood missed the first three months of the season with a related injury, the Reds could be inclined to err on the side of caution and hold him out of the pitching schedule for additional turns. Tyler Mahle is expected to serve as the Reds' fifth starter for the duration of Wood's absence.

September 2, 2019 05:32 PM
Reds' Alex Wood: Back injury returns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood will no longer start Tuesday against the Phillies due to a back injury, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

Wood missed the first four months of the season with back issues, which have apparently returned. The southpaw has struggled to a 5.80 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across seven starts since returning from the IL in July, though he fired a quality outing (three runs across six innings) while striking out a season-high eight batters his last time out. It's unclear how long this latest back injury will keep Wood out. Lucas Sims is starting in his place Tuesday.

August 30, 2019 01:24 AM
Reds' Alex Wood: Fans eight in quality start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood did not factor into the decision during Thursday's loss to the Marlins, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight across six innings.

All the southpaw's damage came via a trio of solo home runs, including a leadoff homer to Jon Berti in the first inning. He tightened the reins until the fifth, when Austin Dean broke through with a long ball, followed by Starlin Castro's blast in the sixth. Even still, Wood delivered his second quality start of the year after struggling in his last three outings. Hopefully the 28-year-old can continue to shake the dust off from his four-month absence on the injured list (back). He'll carry a 5.80 ERA and 1.40 WHIP into Tuesday's matchup with the Phillies.

August 25, 2019 12:20 AM
Reds' Alex Wood: Struggles in third straight outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood (1-3) allowed five runs (four earned) on two hits with three walks and a strikeout across 5.1 innings while taking a loss against the Pirates on Saturday.

This was a two-run ballgame in the sixth, but things got out of hand when Wood couldn't escape the frame, and the Reds bullpen gave up a grand slam. Things snowballed for Cincinnati from there. Wood hasn't been sharp in his last four starts, resulting in three straight losses. He now owns a 6.07 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and just 22 strikeouts in 29.2 innings this season.

August 19, 2019 01:32 AM
Reds' Alex Wood: Handed second loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood (1-2) took the loss Sunday after giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings against the Cardinals.

Wood made it through the first two innings unscathed, but he allowed two runs in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth before departing. He's made five starts since returning from the injured list, posting an unimpressive 5.92 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with a 21:4 K:BB across 24.1 innings.

August 14, 2019 01:28 PM
Reds' Alex Wood: Takes loss Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood (1-1) allowed three earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out four across five innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Nationals.

Wood's start was sunk by the long ball, as he surrendered two solo home runs across five frames. He's now allowed at least one homer in each of his four starts this season, amounting to a 2.8 HR/9 mark. On the other hand, he's managed an impressive 15:3 K:BB ratio in his 19.1 innings, suggesting that he's deserving of better than a 5.59 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. He'll attempt to get on track in his next start, currently scheduled for Sunday against St. Louis.

August 3, 2019 08:52 AM
Reds' Alex Wood: Grabs first win in quality start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood (1-0) struck out five and picked up the win in Friday's 5-2 victory over Atlanta, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over 6.2 innings.

Both runs scored on solo shots, but otherwise it was a strong outing for the southpaw, who threw 60 of 93 pitches for strikes in his second start since coming off the injured list. Wood will look to keep rolling in his next trip to the mound Thursday, at home against the Cubs.

July 28, 2019 05:04 PM
Reds' Alex Wood: Takes no-decision in season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts across 4.2 innings during a no-decision against the Rockies on Sunday.

The 28-year-old needed one more out to complete the minimum required for a win, but the game was tied anyway, so that didn't matter. All in all, it was a good season debut for Wood, who missed the first four months in back issues. He posted 51 of his 80 pitches for strikes, and despite seven hits, the only runs he allowed came from a homer. Wood will look to build off this outing in his second start Friday at the Braves.

July 28, 2019 10:52 AM
Reds' Alex Wood: Activated for season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Wood was activated off the 60-day injured list to start Sunday's game against the Rockies.

Wood has been on the shelf all season with back issues, but he's primed for his debut with the Reds after being acquired from the Dodgers in December. The 28-year-old threw 85 pitches in his final rehab outing with Double-A Chattanooga, indicating he won't have an overly restrictive pitch count Sunday. Wood posted a 3.68 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 135:40 K:BB in 27 starts for Los Angeles in 2018.

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vs LHB 6.200 9.45017
vs RHB 29.000 4.970823
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