Paul Maholm is headed back to Atlanta to have a full exam performed on his sprained left wrist, braves.com reports. The Atlanta Braves pitcher isn't scheduled to pitch again until Thursday, so the team is calling it a precautionary measure.
Maholm left in the fourth inning of Saturday's loss to the Chicago White Sox with discomfort in his wrist, which he says he originally sprained while hitting in his last start before the All-Star break.
X-rays turned out negative in Chicago, but Fredi Gonzalez wants to take no chances.
"X-rays were negative, but he's not going to pitch for the next four days — why not send him down and have our guy, our hand specialist, look at him?" Gonzalez said. "He saw their doctor, but … I think all they did was an X-ray here, so he'll go home and get a study. We'll call it a study. That kind of covers everything — MRI, X-ray, bone scan, bone graph, whatever."
Maholm held the White Sox scoreless through the first two innings, but gave up seven runs in the third and fourth innings.
"I didn't do a whole lot over the break and I aggravated it and it's just one of those things that, as a pitcher, if you have anything in your wrist or anything … you're not able to let it loose or let it go and make your pitches," Maholm said. "I tried to get through the warmups and get through the first few hitters and see if I could do it, and it was just something that obviously wasn't going away."
The loss saw Maholm's road ERA this season balloon to 6.03.
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