Alex Wood did not travel with the Dodgers on their road trip, and won’t be activated to start this weekend in Texas. He’s not injured, manager Dave Roberts said. He’s just not ready.
Last week, Roberts said Wood would need to stretch to four innings in a simulated game before he was activated.
“He’s not there yet,” Roberts said. “When I talked about that last week, the hope was potentially to get him back activated this weekend in Texas, but obviously he’s not here, so that’s not to be. Right now, where we’re at, I just don’t know when his activation or what his role might be with us.”
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Wood has been on the injured list since July 28 with shoulder inflammation. He threw 51 pitches in 2⅔ innings in Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Dodger Stadium.
“He was scheduled to throw two innings, and he felt good enough to go out there and get up a third time and go out there and throw parts of a third inning. So I think it was positive. I don’t want to say overwhelmingly positive as far as how Alex came out of it,” Roberts said. “I don’t think we know the next steps. You know, it’s more of him getting with the trainers and the pitching guys and figuring out what’s the next course of action.”
Through the first half of this season, no Dodgers pitcher has started on fewer than five days rest. If that trend continues, that means another starter slotting in at some point this weekend in Texas. a Tony Gonsolin is among the Dodgers who made the trip with the Dodgers as part of the taxi squad. He was optioned on Aug. 19, so the earliest Gonsolin could return unless replacing an injured player is Saturday.
Also on the taxi squad this trip are Gavin Lux, Mitch White, Rocky Gale, and Luke Raley.
Joe Kelly also didn’t make the trip, still on the injured list with neck inflammation. Kelly still needs to serve his five-game suspension once activated, but he’s not yet close to that point.
“For me, he’s a ways away. He’s been playing catch. I don’t think he’s been off the mound yet,” Roberts said. “I assume he’s getting better each day, but there’s really no ETA.”