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Braves moving lefty Alex Wood to bullpen _ for now

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2014 at 5:19 pm •  Published: May 9, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves found a temporary fix for their overstuffed rotation on Friday by moving Alex Wood to the bullpen for a week.

Wood had been scheduled to start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs but instead will become Atlanta's second left-handed reliever in addition to Luis Avilan.

Aaron Harang will make Sunday's start.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wood will be back in the rotation on May 17 against St. Louis. Gonzalez said he'll take another look at his rotation in a week.

"This buys us eight days," he said. "Putting Wood in there kind of gives us a little breather and kind of gives him a little breather."

The 23-year-old is 2-5 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts — including back-to-back 1-0 losses. He was on pace for about 220 innings, which would surpass his total of 139 2-3 innings last year.

"That's a pretty big gap," Wood said. "That's part of it. Right now we need help in the bullpen, too. It works best for everybody."

Atlanta could make a similar move with Wood after his start against the Cardinals by giving him another short stretch in the bullpen. The plan would keep Wood stretched out for occasional starts until he makes a full-time return to the rotation.

"They made it clear they see me in the rotation for the future," Wood said.

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