Southpaw Wood to rejoin Braves' rotation Wednesday vs. Astros
JUN 20, 2014 10:42p ET
Well, so much for the Braves walking on eggshells with Alex Wood's much-anticipated return to the starting rotation -- in terms of clearing a spot without bruising any egos.
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.
Wood, who's currently stretching out his starting arm at Triple-A Gwiwnett, had value as both a starter and reliever with Atlanta earlier in the season -- prior to his short-term assignment in the minors.
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.
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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).