On Tuesday morning, the Dodgers placed left-handed pitcher Alex Wood on the injured list and recalled right-handed pitcher Josh Sborz. Wood was placed on the injured list due to shoulder inflammation.
Wood started the third game of the opening series against the San Francisco Giants. The 29-year-old left-hander took the loss pitching three innings allowing three earned runs, three hits, and three walks. It was his first start in his second stint with the Dodgers, in which he’s posted a 3.50 ERA and 405 strikeouts with the team.
Sborz made his major league debut in 2019, appearing in seven games and going 0-1 with an 8.00 ERA in nine innings while striking out seven. In five minor league seasons across the Dodgers farm system, the 26-year-old has posted a 3.53 ERA and 370 strikeouts with a record of 24-20.
The move is interesting many would have thought of Tony Gonsolin being the first pitcher recalled in case of injury to a starter. However, Gonslin did report to Summer Camp late and was behind schedule. Wood was slated to pitch Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With his injury, Sborz or Dennis Santana could start in what would most likely be a bullpen game.
Tuesday night brings one of the most intriguing matchups around baseball. The Dodgers and Astros will play for the first time since the Astros sign-stealing scandal was reported during their 2017 postseason run. Baseball fans will tune in hoping to see tensions rise, but due to restrictions from COVID-19, MLB promised severe discipline for fighting and instigating. Players can not make physical contact with any other players unless it is part of in-game action.
For many, 2017 is now a tainted title. It is still hard to see the legitimacy of it. Still, three years later, the Dodgers will look to get a bit of revenge when they visit the Astros.
“I don’t think a lot of opinions or the way guys think has changed in this time, but at the end of the day, we’re going to go out and win ball games,” said Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner in an interview last week.
The two-game series will be important, especially in this shortened season. The Dodgers come into Houston after a disappointing split of a four-game series against the rebuilding Giants.
Walker Buehler will make his 2020 season debut in the first game of the series against Houston. Buehler makes the start on his 26th birthday. The right-hander went 14-4 in 2019, with a 3.26 ERA striking out 215. He also earned his first All-Star game selection last season. Buehler will face left-hander Framber Valdez in the probable pitching matchup.
The second game of the series will see Dustin May start. The two-game series will see Dodger starters who did not pitch in the 2017 World Series but now stand at the top of the Dodgers future plans.
We will now see if the elephant in the room is addressed between these two ball clubs, but at least with no fans in the stands banging trash can now be heard loud and clear.