The Dodgers are placing left-hander Alex Wood on the 10-day disabled list due to inflammation in his left SC joint, tweets Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers have selected the contract of veteran right-hander Brandon Morrow, shifting fellow righty Brock Stewart to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
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Wood informed the Dodgers that he felt he could pitch through the issue, but the team elected to proceed with caution, per Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times (Twitter links). McCullough adds that manager Dave Roberts expects Wood to miss just one start, which is critical given his unexpected dominance early in the year.
Indeed, the 26-year-old Wood has been not only one of the Dodgers’ best pitchers in 2017, he’s been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Through 48 innings this year, he’s logged a 1.69 ERA with a 60-to-15 K/BB ratio and a superlative 68.7 percent ground-ball rate.
Morrow, 32, has an unsightly 5.71 ERA through his first 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A this season, but his secondary stats are more encouraging; the 10-year veteran has posted a strong 17-to-4 K/BB ratio and a 55.7 percent ground-ball rate.
Morrow was a mainstay on the Blue Jays’ pitching staff from 2010-12, but injuries have significantly slowed down his once-promising career. The former No. 5 overall draft pick was one of baseball’s better pitching prospects before arriving in the Majors with the Mariners back in 2007, and while he’s shown flashes of brilliance at times, he’s been unable to remain consistent. In 784 2/3 big league innings (split between the bullpen and the rotation), Morrow owns a 4.16 ERA with 9.1 K/9, 4.0 BB/9 and 16 saves.