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Dodgers' Alex Wood will miss an estimated eight weeks after elbow procedure

Dodgers' Alex Wood will miss an estimated eight weeks after elbow procedure
Left-hander Alex Wood was not on the Dodgers' roster for the division series playoff. (Denis Poroy / Getty Images)

Alex Wood became the latest Dodger to suffer an injury setback; the team announced he will undergo an elbow debridement on Wednesday in New York.

The Dodgers estimated his recovery time at eight weeks, which would make him unavailable until the middle of September.

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Wood was rehabilitating from an elbow impingement suffered in late May. He completed two innings in a simulated outing Sunday at Dodger Stadium, pitching alongside Clayton Kershaw.

After a four-inning stint, Kershaw experienced a recurrence of back pain the next day. There is no timetable for Kershaw's return, and Wood will require surgery.

A debridement involves the clean-out of damaged tissue. Wood underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery while in college.

Wood was not eligible to leave the 60-day disabled list until July 30. But the Dodgers still sounded hopeful he could contribute in the starting rotation this season. He posted a 3.99 earned-run average in 10 starts this season.

His injury follows the setback for Kershaw and a case of elbow tendinitis for Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Ryu landed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Brett Anderson has yet to throw a pitch this season as he recovers from back surgery in March.

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