The Dodgers announced some bad news this afternoon. Alex Wood and Cody Bellinger were both placed on the 10-day DL today. Wood was placed on the DL with inflammation of the sternoclavicular joint (where the collarbone meets the sternum). Bellinger’s injury is simpler, he has a sprained right ankle.
Wood is out with the same injury that sidelined him for eleven days between May 29 and June 10. He remains optimistic that he be able to pitch in eleven days (when the Dodgers are in San Diego).
“It’s milder compared to when I originally did it,” Wood said. “If we were three games up, you might try to fight through it. But we want to get it to calm down so I’m good for the last three weeks and into October. I just feel it’s affecting me mechanically, whether it’s consciously or subconsciously and my body is trying to adjust.”
Wood, with a record of 14-1 and an ERA of 2.41 pitched six innings against the Pirates last night, allowing three solo home runs. He received a no-decision as the Dodgers won in the twelfth inning.
“Alex came to us and said it was the prudent thing to do,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “When he comes back, I don’t know. He’ll probably get a cortisone shot in there to nip the pain and get on a throwing program again and calm it down and get back.”
Bellinger’s injury came on Saturday when he caught a fly ball in the sixth inning. Bellinger — who does not play right field very often — thought that he was right up against the wall, causing him to jump. He then landed on a soft patch of dirt, causing him to roll his ankle.
The Dodgers did not think that there was any damage, so they put him on a day-to-day basis. Everything seemed normal until the twelfth inning of the game last night. The Dodgers had a 6-5 lead over the Pirates with the bases empty and two outs. The pitcher’s spot was due up and Bellinger was the last man on the Dodgers’ bench. Instead of having Bellinger bat, Dave Roberts had Kenta Maeda pinch-hit. Today, the Dodgers announced that they were placing Bellinger on the 10-day DL.
On the bright side, Bellinger seems to be feeling better. Take a look at what co-host of Dodger talk on AM 570 LA Sports, David Vassegh, tweeted:
Cody Bellinger took BP in batting cage today. Told me no pain in his right ankle. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) August 22, 2017