The Atlanta Braves bolstered their bullpen Thursday by calling up left-hander Alex Wood from Double-A Mississippi. To make room for Wood, the Braves designated Juan Francisco for assignment, Dave O'Brien tweets.
Francisco hit .241 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 115 at-bats. He also struck out 43 times and hit .157 over his final 19 games. That means Chris Johnson, who hadn't been favored over Francisco in the starting lineup recently, has finally won the starting third base job. Johnson is currently hitting .346 and a Major League-leading .420 against lefties.
The 22-year-old Wood tops out at 95 miles per hour with his fastball and was 4-2 with a 1.26 ERA in 10 starts with Mississippi this season. Having just been drafted last season, he also put up a 4-3 record and 2.22 ERA in Single-A Rome last year.
Wood figures to be an integral part of the bullpen; he allowed one run in seven Major League Spring Training games this year and struck out 57 batters in 57 innings at Mississippi.Tags: Alex Wood, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Chris Johnson, Juan Francisco, MLB