Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood will undergo an “arthroscopic debridement” of his left elbow today and will miss eight weeks, according to a team announcement. Wood has not pitched since May 30 due to arm troubles.
Today’s news puts the rest of Wood’s season in doubt, and comes less than 24 hours after the team announced that Clayton Kershaw’s return had been delayed due to continued back problems. Los Angeles currently has four starters on the disabled list, with Wood and Kershaw being joined by fellow lefties Hyun-jin Ryu and Brett Anderson.
While the Dodgers have four healthy pitchers in Kenta Maeda, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and recent addition Bud Norris, the team is looking for help on the trade market and is expected to strike another deal or two after being severely bitten by the injury bug. The Dodgers have previously liked Rays starters Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, with Odorizzi being very much available at this year’s deadline.
Wood, 25, pitched to a 3.99 ERA in 10 starts with the Dodgers this year after coming over in a trade deadline deal last season.