LOS ANGELES -- Somewhat lost in the pomp and circumstance of Julio Urias getting the call to start and make his major league debut on Friday is that Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood had his scheduled start pushed back with left triceps tightness.
But the Dodgers insist this is nothing major for Wood, who is now scheduled to start instead on Monday afternoon in the opener of a four-game series against the juggernaut Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
"He felt something in the back of his arm and the bottom of his tricep on a swing in his start against St. Louis. It was just a little more sore after his start in San Diego," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on Thursday. "We're just being cautious to do all we can to get this resolved, but we didn't know which way we were going to go until yesterday."
Wood is coming off one of his best starts of the year, striking out a career-best 13 in six innings in a no-decision against the Padres in San Diego. It was the culmination of a resurgent month for the left-handed Wood, who has a 3.09 ERA in four May starts, with 34 strikeouts and just four walks in 23⅓ innings.
"He wanted to go [Friday], but once we decided the prudent thing to do was to give him a few extra days, he totally agreed with it and was slightly relieved, just to have a few more days to help it calm down and hopefully put it behind us for good," Friedman said.
The Dodgers haven't technically committed to Urias beyond Friday night, with Friedman saying the club would reassess things through the weekend. Mike Bolsinger, who started on Tuesday, is still on the active roster, and figures to stay for the short term, whether as a starter or in relief.
"We feel really confident that Bolsinger can help us win games, and if that's not in the rotation then I would imagine he'll help us out of the pen," Friedman said. "We're just going to feel things out day by day. We're confident Woody will be able to go on Monday, but having Bols around will be really helpful."