The move hasn't been made yet, but after having his sprained wrist examined by team doctors on Monday, the Atlanta Braves have made the decision to put Paul Maholm on the 15-day disabled list, ajc.com reports. Alex Wood will be called up to start on Thursday.
An MRI on Maholm's wrist showed no fracture, but he did have plenty of swelling. He will be officially placed on the disabled list Thursday, retroactive to Sunday. Maholm gave up seven runs in three-plus innings on Saturday.
Maholm originally injured his wrist while hitting against the Miami Marlins on July 10.
Wood was solid out of Atlanta's bullpen with a 2.37 ERA in 15 appearances. His start Thursday will be the second of his career, his first coming June 18 against the New York Mets. He completed three innings on 73 pitches, giving up one run but striking out five in the loss.
“It’s his second start in the big leagues; I think he’ll be more comfortable,” Fredi Gonzalez said. “And I don’t know how many Georgia Bulldog fans are here in New York, so maybe that will calm him down a little. They all came out to watch him start that day.”
Wood was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to get him stretched back out for a potential move to the starting rotation. It seems that plan panned out for the Braves. Wood picked up a win in his first Triple-A start, throwing five innings on 71 pitches.
Gonzalez hasn't determined who will take Maholm's second and/or third starts that he'll miss. Brandon Beachy is a possibility, but the Braves won't activate him Thursday because they want to get him in at least one more rehab start.
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