Wood missed a start in early June due to the same issue, which was initially thought to be a shoulder injury but turned out to be minor. The same discomfort has returned, so the Dodgers won't take any chances with their 14-1 pitcher as they nurse a gigantic National League West lead. Expect a disabled list announcement shortly.
Maxwell reportedly felt much better Monday from having slept 11 hours on Sunday, a day after taking a ball to his face mask against the Astros. The backstop was healthy enough to be deployed as a pinch hitter and remain in the game in Monday evening's contest, apparently clearing the path for a return to the starting nine Tuesday.
With both JC Ramirez (forearm) and Andrew Bailey (shoulder) headed to the disabled list, the Angels needed a fresh arm. The Angels are light on lefties, so despite his 4.50 ERA in 36 innings for the big club thus far in 2017, Alvarez will get another shot at the show.
Bailey was activated just nine days ago and made just one appearance before aggravating the shoulder injury that had limited him to just three appearances in April. The former close has dealt with injuries over the last half-decade, and particularly given the myriad setbacks he encountered in 2017 alone, it's hard to imagine him returning to the Angels bullpen this season.
Ramirez has been progressing from his forearm injury but will miss at least his next scheduled start. At this point, it doesn't appear that Ramirez will miss more than the requisite 10 days, but forearm injuries are always scary for pitchers. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, so more should be known once those results come in.
Stewart will rejoin the Dodgers to make his third major-league start of the season in place of the injured Yu Darvish (back). While he owns an impressive 2.03 ERA and 20:2 K:BB through four starts (13.1 innings) with Oklahoma City this season, he hasn't been able to translate that success to the majors yet; Stewart allowed seven runs (two earned) on eight hits and four walks across 7.2 innings during his first two spot starts for the Dodgers. With Darvish set to miss just one turn in the rotation, Stewart will likely be back in the minors following Tuesday's start.
While Roberts noted Bellinger's ankle was improving, he said there was still swelling, so the Dodgers will play it safe and give the rookie some extra time to rest. Adrian Gonzalez will continue to man first base until Bellinger returns to the lineup, which will be Wednesday at the earliest.
This is encouraging news, as it appears his stay on the DL will likely be a short one. Darvish was able to complete a 32-pitch bullpen session Monday with no issues, and if all goes well in his second bullpen session Thursday, he's expected to be back with the Dodgers to make his scheduled start against the Brewers on Sunday. Brock Stewart is expected to start in his place Tuesday.
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