Lefty Alex Wood has been called up from Double-A Mississippi to shore up the Braves depleted bullpen. Since Eric O’Flaherty blew out his elbow a couple of weeks ago, the Braves have been short a left-handed arm.
Interestingly enough, when Braves GM Frank Wren was asked if Wood could be called up, Wren said he wasn’t an option.
Wood started 10 games at Mississippi and amassed a 4-2 record with a sparkling 1.26 ERA. The 6-4, 213 pound left-hander struck out 57 and walked 15 batters in 57 innings and has held opponents to a .195 batting average.
Wood did not make any bullpen appearances in his minor league career.
Wood should be a popular player with the Braves. The Charlotte, NC native pitched at the University of Georgia before being selected by the Braves in the second round of last year’s draft.
The Braves have not announced what move they will make to open roster space for Wood. They have been going with six bullpen pitchers the past couple weeks, but may opt to return to a seven man bullpen. If that happens, either third catcher Gerald Laird, or outfielder Reed Johnson may be the odd man out.
Alex Wood’s Minor League Stats: