Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Alex Wood is headed for the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, according to Dodgers beat writer Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. The southpaw plans to get back in time for the weekend series against the Padres to open the month of September.
Per manager Dave Roberts, Wood is dealing with inflammation in the sternoclavicular joint in the front of his pitching shoulder, an issue that’s plagued the left-hander in the past. Wood also missed time in May due to it.
“We’ll make a decision once the medical staff puts an eye on him,” Roberts said, per ESPN. “It’s a little concerning considering his history. … We really have got to be cautious.”
Wood’s been nearly perfect this season, posting a 14-1 record, as well as a 2.41 ERA and 1.005 WHIP over the course of 22 games, 20 of which were starts. His .933 win percentage currently paces the majors.
On Monday, the Pirates hit three solo home runs off Wood. The southpaw earned a no-decision as the Dodgers went on to win in extras, 6-5.
Wood had been a plus-WAR pitcher in each of the last five seasons and is well on his way to another with a 3.2 mark this season. He posted a career-high 3.7 clip in 2014 when he went 11-11 with a 2.78 ERA with the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers are expected to get ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw back in early September as well after he suffered a back injury in July.
The Dodgers enter Tuesday with the best record in baseball at 88-35.