Dodgers prodigy could re­ally play

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Andy McCul­lough andy.mccul­lough@la­times.com Twit­ter: @McCul­loughTimes

In 1972, Bill Plaschke writes, teenager Donna Parker was the or­gan­ist at Dodger Sta­dium.

ST. LOUIS — Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood has flown back to Los An­ge­les to un­dergo an ex­am­i­na­tion by team doc­tors on the sore­ness in his chest.

Di­ag­nosed with in­flam­ma­tion in his SC joint, which con­nects the ster­num to the clav­i­cle, Wood’s re­cov­ery has stag­nated, man­ager Dave Roberts said be­fore Thurs­day’s game against the Car­di­nals.

Roberts ini­tially hoped Wood would only miss one start. Now it could be two.

The team’s med­i­cal staff has told Roberts that the in­jury should not take much longer than two weeks to heal.

But Wood will need to get checked out once more.

“We were hop­ing for a lit­tle more im­prove­ment, ini­tially,” Roberts said. “I think it hit a plateau. To get ahead of it, get him back home, to see the docs and see what’s go­ing on.”

With Wood on the 10-day dis­abled list, Hyun-Jin Ryu is likely to stay in the start­ing ro­ta­tion.

Ryu turned in six in­nings of onerun base­ball in Wood’s place on Wed­nes­day at Busch Sta­dium.

Wood (6-0, 1.69 ERA) has out­paced ex­pec­ta­tions in 2017, earn­ing a spot in the ro­ta­tion af­ter open­ing the sea­son in the bullpen.

The team will re­main cau­tious, given his in­jury his­tory. Wood un­der­went Tommy John surgery in col­lege and re­quired el­bow surgery last sum­mer. Roberts in­di­cated that Wood had not re­ported any pain or dis­com­fort in his shoul­der.

While Roberts in­sisted that Wood’s cur­rent con­di­tion did not alarm him, he saw lit­tle rea­son to rush Wood back.

“We just want to make sure it’s right,” Roberts said.

“And if [he misses] an ex­tra start, so be it.”

Lib­er­a­tore on DL

Adam Lib­er­a­tore’s re­turn from the dis­abled list did not last long. Brought back last week af­ter miss­ing time be­cause of a groin is­sue, Lib­er­a­tore re­turned to the 10-day dis­abled list Thurs­day be­cause of tight­ness in his left fore­arm.

Like Wood, Lib­er­a­tore flew to Los An­ge­les to have team doc­tors ex­am­ine his el­bow.

In his place, the Dodgers re­called Grant Day­ton. A left-handed rev­e­la­tion in 2016, Day­ton has strug­gled this sea­son. In May the team sent Day­ton to triple-A Ok­la­homa City to smooth out his de­liv­ery.

Day­ton al­lowed op­pos­ing bat­ters to hit .391 against him in five ap­pear­ances for Ok­la­homa City.

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