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Wood to take Floyd's spot in Braves rotation

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm •  Published: June 20, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Wood will take Gavin Floyd's spot in the Atlanta Braves rotation, the latest pitching shuffle for manager Fredi Gonzalez in the aftermath of Floyd's unusual elbow injury.

Gonzalez said Friday that Wood will start Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros. Wood was recently sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett to prepare for being a starter, a move that has proved to be prescient given Floyd's injury.

"I'm glad (we) had the foresight at the time to say, 'Hey, let's get this guy stretched out just in case,'" Gonzalez said.

Wood has made two starts with Gwinnett, pitching 8 2-3 innings with a 1.04 ERA. He is 5-6 with a 3.43 ERA with the Braves this season.

Because Wood won't be needed until next week, Atlanta recalled left-hander Ryan Buchter from Gwinnett before Friday's game against the Washington Nationals.

Floyd, meanwhile, was placed on the 15-day disabled list and returned to Atlanta, where team doctors were to examine the broken bone inside his throwing elbow.

The right-hander broke the olecranon — the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out at the curve of the elbow — as he threw a curveball on the first pitch of the seventh inning of Thursday's win over the Nationals. The injury is so unusual that the Braves have yet to venture an estimate as to how long he will be sidelined.

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