The Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday reinstated left-handed pitcher Alex Wood from the 10-day disabled list and optioned right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Wood, who missed 13 games due to SC joint inflammation in his neck/upper-back area, will make his ninth start of the season on Saturday evening against the Reds. Wood last pitched on May 26 against the Cubs, allowing just two hits over an even five scoreless innings with eight strikeouts while recording his sixth win of the season. He currently holds the longest scoreless streak in the majors, as he has tossed a career-high 25-1/3 scoreless innings. In 10 games this season, eight of which were starts, Wood has gone a perfect 6-0, currently his longest career winning streak, with a 1.69 ERA and has held batters to a .189 average. He has struck out 60 batters against 15 walks this year and has posted a 1.00 WHIP.
In five relief appearances this season, Morrow has gone 2-0 and has not allowed a run in 6.0 innings, while limiting the opposition to a .095 average (2-for-21). He has struck out seven batters against only issuing one walk.
Before his contract was selected by the Dodgers, Morrow posted a 1.74 ERA in his last 10 appearances at Oklahoma City. 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 of which were starts, in 10 big league seasons, including going 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 18 appearances last year with San Diego.
(Dai Sugiura furnished the majority of information in this report)