LOS ANGELES -- Lock up every single pitcher and cover them in bubble wrap. Every single last one of them. The Dodgers got more bad news this week regarding their starting rotation, as Alex Wood had arthroscopic elbow surgery on Wednesday, and is expected to miss another two months.
The procedure took place in New York, and was an arthroscopic debridement in Wood's left elbow, the Dodgers announced. He will begin his rehabilitation in a few days, and his total recovery time is expected to be eight weeks.
Eight weeks from today means if all goes as planned, Wood would return to the club in the middle of September, not giving much time for Wood to be able to rejoin a potential postseason rotation.
Wood last pitched on May 30, sidelined for nearly the last two months with an impingement in his left elbow. The 25-year-old left-hander had a 3.99 ERA in 10 starts this season, with 62 strikeouts and 19 walks in 56 ⅓ innings. That included a 3.18 ERA in five starts in May with a 35.3-percent strikeout rate.
This setback for Wood comes one day after Clayton Kershaw was shut down after experiencing more discomfort in his back, and Hyun-jin Ryu was and placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendonitis. Both Kershaw and Wood threw simulated games at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.