By Jon Weisman
Out of action since May 30, Alex Wood has been activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers.
Wood originally went on the 15-day disabled list with left posterior elbow soreness May 31. Four weeks later, he moved to the 60-day DL. On July 20, the Dodgers announced he would have an arthroscopic debridement of his left elbow, and expected him to be out for eight more weeks — which brings us to today.
In his final six starts before going on the DL, Wood had a 2.80 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings. For the year, his ERA is 3.99 with 62 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings.
Believe it or not, Wood is still sixth on the 2016 Dodgers in games started and ninth in innings and strikeouts.
To make room for Wood on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers have designated Bud Norris for assignment. Norris threw six shutout innings against the Rockies in his Dodger debut July 1 — at a time Los Angeles was desperate for starting pitching — but has had a 7.61 ERA in 36 2/3 innings since, allowing 66 baserunners (eight homers).