In the wake of Gavin Floyd’s significant injury from Thursday (fractured right elbow), Wood will officially assume Floyd’s rotation spot next Wednesday (against the Astros), the club announced on Friday.
As a starter in the bigs (seven outings), Wood had a 2-5 record, 3.00 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, .260 opponents’ batting average and sterling K-BB rate of 44/9.
As a reliever, Wood’s tallies with ERA, WHIP and opponents’ batting average ticked higher; but it’s kind of inconsequential now, since Wood will almost certainly remain in the starting rotation for the remainder of the season, if healthy.
The reasoning behind that hubris: In the minors (26 career starts), Wood had a 9-5 record, 1.01 WHIP, 122/35 K-BB rate and microscopic ERA of 1.68.
To compensate for Floyd going on the disabled list, the Braves promoted left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter (3.79 ERA in 27 appearances with Gwinnett this season).