The plan is for Wood to throw two simulated innings of approximately 15 pitches each on Monday, and if all goes well he would face hitters in another simulated situation on Thursday. Beyond that, there isn’t much of a timetable for Wood’s return. The left-hander was placed on the injured list on July 28 with left shoulder inflammation.
It opened up a rotation spot for Dustin May, who has thrived so far with a 2.63 ERA in three starts, with 15 strikeouts and three walks in 13⅔ innings. May makes his fourth start on Monday night against San Diego, a team he held to two runs in six innings last Tuesday, striking out eight in the win.
“Certainly it’s nice, having Alex on the way back, to not feel we have to rush him back, which potentially could could do more harm than good for him,” manager Dave Roberts said on a Zoom call Monday.
Keeping Gore around
Outfielder and speedster Terrance Gore, who was designated for assignment on July 30, cleared waivers and was sent outright to the Dodgers’ alternate training site at USC. No longer on the 40-man roster, Gore remains in the club’s 60-man player pool, and potentially an option for a call-up later in the season.
Gore appeared in two of the Dodgers’ six games while on the active roster, once as a defensive replacement for an inning in center field, and once as a pinch runner. Counting the postseason, Gore has appeared as a pinch runner in 71 of his 111 career games, with 45 stolen bases in 55 attempts, while totaling only 79 plate appearances.
“We obviously got him for a purpose,” Roberts said. “He’s certainly an asset for us. As we understand it, we’re going to be at 28 [players on the active roster] indefinitely. We’ll just see how the season plays out. We might need to go to that again.”