Looking to make a push for the National League West title, the Los Angeles Dodgers are replacing Alex Wood in the rotation with Ross Stripling.

"We're pushing (Hyun-Jin) Ryu to Monday. And we're going to put Alex Wood in the pen for the foreseeable future, unless something changes," Dave Roberts said.

"Two reasons: No. 1 is that he's done it before and he's really flourished in that role, and we expect him to throw leverage innings and dominate. That's probably the main reason. And we're going to go with five starters."

Wood is tied for the club lead in wins (18), leads the club in innings (148) and has a 3.65 ERA.

He has struggled recently. His average fastball velocity is down nearly 2 mph over last season.