Los Angeles Dodger Alex Wood is not recovering from his SC joint inflammation injury as quickly as the club had hoped, Andy McCullough of the LA Times reported on Thursday morning. Wood will fly back to Los Angeles to have his left clavicle and sternum examined by team doctors.
“He could need a procedure where he needs to inject steroids into that joint, under x-ray guidance, if he is really inflamed,” Fantasy Doctor Dr. Selene Parekh M.D. said. “The fact that they are thinking about the SC joints really points more to the center part of the thoracic and upper-sternum area. His timetable for a return will depend on the results following the team doctors examination, but he will more than likely miss two to four weeks.”
Wood has suffered yet another setback to yet another injury. The left-hander, who has a lifetime ERA of 3.21, has always been productive when on the field. However, staying healthy enough to remain on the field has continued to plague his career. Wood has finished just one season (2015) with over 30 starts since he made his MLB debut in 2013.
Wood may never be healthy but has always proven to be worth owning when he is. Owners should keep him in their DL spot until he returns.
Just when it was looking like he was finally healthy, performing like an All-Star, his oft-injured body came back to haunt him. Wood was 6-0 with a 1.69 ERA before being placed on the disabled list earlier this week. Prior to initially being placed on the disabled list he had thrown 25.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, currently the longest streak of its kind.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will remain in the rotation for a little longer than just the one start Wood was initially expected to miss. He is 2-5 and has a 3.91 ERA to go with 42 strikeouts in 46 innings in 2017. After finally recovering from numerous injuries he had suffered in previous seasons, he has been treated as a fill-in pitcher within the rotation. He has stepped in for both Brandon McCarthy and Rich Hill, allowing him to have a spot in the rotation for most of the season thus far.
While the wins have not been there, Ryu has been been very productive this season. As long as the Dodgers continue to have a hole somewhere in their rotation, Ryu deserves consideration at the back end of most rotations in 12-team leagues.