The Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday selected the contract of right-hander Brandon Morrow and placed left-handed pitcher Alex Wood on the 10-day disabled list with left SC joint inflammation in his neck/upper-back area. Wood’s stay on the disabled list can be retroactive to May 27, if needed.
Morrow, 32, has posted a 1.74 ERA (2 ER/10-1/3 IP) in his last 10 appearances at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 0-2 with three saves since April 27. Overall, Morrow was 0-5 with six saves and a 5.71 ERA with OKC, but most of the damage came in a single outing on April 22 vs. Memphis, when he allowed six runs without recording an out. Morrow, who is in his first year with the Dodger organization, has gone 45-43 with 16 saves and a 4.16 ERA in 254 games (113 starts) in 10 big league seasons, including going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 18 appearances last year with San Diego.
Wood, 26, has the longest scoreless streak in the Majors this year at 25-1/3 innings and has gone 6-0 with a 1.69 ERA in eight starts over 10 games.
“It’s going to be a one-start thing,” manager Dave Roberts told Andy McCullough of the LA Times. Wood had stated that he would be able to pitch through the discomfort, but the Dodgers decided a brief rest would be better.
To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers transferred right-hander Brock Stewart, who had been sidelined with shoulder tendinitis since spring training, to the 60-day DL.
As far as the starting rotation goes, lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu likely will slide back into the mix, while 20-year-old Juio Urias continues to work on his command at Oklahoma City.
(Jon Chapper furnished some information provided in this report)