Wood honored to follow Kershaw in rotation

Dodgers lefty strikes out 7 over 5 scoreless innings vs. A's

March 20th, 2018

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alex Wood is finally getting some respect.
He had a breakout 2017 All-Star season, even though the club had him in the bullpen when the season started, but manager Dave Roberts said Wood will start Game 2 of the season. The Dodgers shuffle their starters so frequently it's tricky to rank anybody other than ace , but Wood sure isn't complaining.
"To throw behind Clayton to start the season is obviously a great honor," said Wood, who threw five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a 3-1 win over the A's on Monday night.
"We do things a little bit differently around here. We don't look at it as one, two, three, four, five. I think we have five guys that can throw in any spot. But to be on a team as good as we are and to throw second behind the greatest pitcher of our generation is pretty cool for sure. I'm happy and excited to go out there second."
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Roster gets trimmed
Immediately following Monday's game, the Dodgers sent four players to Minor League camp. They optioned pitchers and and reassigned infielders and .
The Dodgers have only two non-roster players in camp -- reliever Pat Venditte and catcher . Venditte, who allowed a home run Monday night, is probably the only one with a longshot chance at a roster spot. is already on the disabled list and will be joined by Tom Koehler and , who suffered a broken left wrist after being hit by a pitch on Monday. Pitcher and outfielder are out of options and longshots for Opening Day.
That leaves on the bubble , , , , J.T. Chargois and . Chargois helped his chances Monday night by striking out the side in his only inning. He has a 1.29 ERA.

Back-field duty
expects to be a long reliever, but on Monday he threw four innings in a Minor League game as the club wants him stretched out in case an emergency start is needed in the first few weeks. Over that time, Stripling will be considered the sixth starter, not , who will probably inherit that role once he's stretched out. Buehler hasn't thrown more than two innings in an outing yet.
"It's obvious that Buehler is too good not to pitch," said Stripling. "So, eventually he'll get up there and the idea of him almost wasting innings in Triple-A when he has an inning limit, and he could be pitching in the big leagues. For now, the only guy left getting built up is me."
Camp battle
Pederson started in center field Monday and went 1-for-3 with a home run. Thompson started in right field and went 1-for-3 with a home run and two strikeouts and threw a runner out at third base. started in left field and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout, while Toles came off the bench and was 0-for-1. Farmer came off the bench and was 0-for-1.

Up Next
starts for the Dodgers on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. PT against the A's and opposite at Mesa, Ariz.