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Dodgers facts and figures after four NLCS games

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By Jon Weisman

With the National League Championship Series between the Cubs and Dodgers now tied at 2-2, let’s do what we did after it was tied 1-1 and reset the scene …

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After long layoffs, Wood ready to be the Alex-factor

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

So here we are, back in Los Angeles for a guaranteed three games in a row in the meaty midsection of the National League Championship Series.

Barring extra innings, the Dodgers have 27 innings to cover, with 11 pitchers to spread them around. (The 12th, presumably, would be held back for a potential Game 6 start, whether that’s Clayton Kershaw or — if Kershaw is moved up to Game 5 on three days’ rest — Kenta Maeda.)

Among the pitchers that puts into play is Alex Wood, the left-hander who has thrown four big-league innings since May, when he went on the 15-day disabled list with left posterior elbow soreness that led to (relatively) minor elbow surgery.

Wood retired 11 of the 13 batters he faced in the final two weeks of the regular season, allowing only a single and a walk while striking out four with one double play. But he was left off the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster, meaning that he has gone another 16 days since appearing in a game.

So, a little antsy … ?

“Yeah, you could say that,” Wood said with a laugh before Monday’s off-day workout. “It’s been fun to watch those guys, but at the same time I’m just kind of champing at the bit, waiting for my opportunity to get in there and get my feet wet again. I feel great, and I’ve been trying to stay as sharp as possible.”

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Wood, Hernández join Dodgers’ NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT SAN DIEGO PADRES

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERSBy Jon Weisman

Left-handed pitcher Alex Wood and infielder-outfielder Kiké Hernández have been added to the Dodgers’ official roster for the National League Championship Series, replacing Austin Barnes and Charlie Culberson.

Wood gives the Dodgers an extra pitcher for the best-of-seven series, which could include games on three consecutive days Tuesday-Thursday in Los Angeles. In addition, there is a chance of rain this weekend in Chicago, though it looks most likely to come in between Games 1 and 2.

The departure of Barnes removes the luxury of a third catcher for the Dodgers, though in two of the five National League Division Series games, Dave Roberts already showed he was willing to go down to use his last backstop off the bench with multiple innings to go.

Hernández replaces Charlie Culberson, who went 0 for 7 in the NLDS.  Hernández has a single, triple and homer in 12 career at-bats against Game 1 starter Jon Lester, with the homer being the only run the Dodgers scored against the Cub left-hander in 15 innings this year, as Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A. pointed out.

Here’s the lefty-righty breakdown of the Dodger roster:

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Andrew Friedman, Dave Roberts explain Dodgers’ NLDS roster choices

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers faced several hard choices in coming up with their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series — and to some extent, the specific matchup with the Washington Nationals served as a tiebreaker.

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Dodgers done in by big-game Hunter

Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

By Cary Osborne

In the game after, a 7-1 loss to the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday, it’s the little things we choose to look at.

Away from the fact that the Dodgers struggled with runners in scoring position and rookie Hunter Renfroe, in his sixth career game, became the second player this century to knock in at least seven runs against the Dodgers (the other being another Hunter — Pence — on September 14, 2013), Dodger relievers ignited final week competition for playoff roster spots.

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Alex Wood activated from disabled list

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrian González, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Josh Reddick, RF
Andrew Toles, LF
Joc Pederson, CF
Rich Hill, P

By Jon Weisman

Out of action since May 30, Alex Wood has been activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers.
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Stewart to start Saturday, rehab continues for vets

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrián González, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Josh Reddick, RF
Howie Kendrick, LF
Joc Pederson, CF
Kenta Maeda, P

By Jon Weisman

Though it’s not as dramatic as it was in July and August, when seemingly every start was up for grabs, the Dodgers did have some small tweaks and tidbits to share this afternoon about their starting pitching.

Brock Stewart will make Saturday’s start at Arizona instead of previously announced Bud Norris, according to Dave Roberts, who said Stewart was getting the nod based on “the way he’s thrown” in his recent outings. Norris will remain available out of the bullpen.

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Video: Clayton Kershaw plants the seeds of distraction

As Vin Scully narrated, Clayton Kershaw (“with a devilish look, like a little kid”) and Scott Van Slyke piled sunflower seeds on the shoulders of an unaware Alex Wood during Sunday’s 8-5 Dodger victory over Boston.

Kershaw played catch before Sunday’s game, so hopefully before too long he has even better uses for that golden left arm of his.

— Jon Weisman

New procedure to sideline Wood eight more weeks

Sandy Koufax with Alex Wood on Old-Timers Day, July 2. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Sandy Koufax with Alex Wood on Old-Timers Day, July 2. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

For Alex Wood, it’s eight more weeks of winter. For the Dodgers, it’s a little bit more like Groundhog Day.

Wood is undergoing an arthroscopic debridement of his left elbow today in New York, the Dodgers announced, with an estimated recovery time of eight weeks.

The 25-year-old lefty is the third Dodger starting pitcher this week to suffer a setback, following Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Wood went on the disabled list May 31 with left posterior elbow soreness.

He has a fielding-independent ERA of 3.27 and at the time of his original injury was 10th in the National League with 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

Rehab news glowing for Kershaw & Co.

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By Jon Weisman

It was an absolutely lovely day at Dodger Stadium today. Mild warmth. A refreshing breeze.

As the shadows made their way across the field at the 5 o’clock hour, Clayton Kershaw and Brett Anderson emerged from the clubhouse and played catch. And it wasn’t tentative. It was glove-poppin’, “we mean business” catch.

While more Dodgers trickled onto the field for an informal workout tonight, the last night before returning to action with a 10-game road trip that begins Friday at Arizona, Dave Roberts spoke to reporters about the state of several injured players — Kershaw, Anderson, Joc Pederson, Alex Wood, Andre Ethier, Yimi Garcia. And everything was just about as glowing as that magic late-afternoon sunlight.

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