Lefty Alex Wood Joins Braves Bullpen

Alex Wood pitched at UGA

Alex Wood pitched at UGA

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:

Year Tm Lev W L ERA IP HR BB SO
2012 Rome A 4 3 2.22 52.2 1 14 52
2013 Mississippi AA 4 2 1.26 57.0 1 15 57
2 Seasons 8 5 1.72 109.2 2 29 109
About Jim Hart

Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.

Comments

  1. Bob Long says:

    I’ll wager a guess (I don’t mind being wromg occasionally), but I bet that Carpenter gets sent down for a short while until Reed Johnson or Juan Francisco gets traded on, or about, June 15.

    • Bob Long says:

      I lost my bet! Francisco has been put on waivers. Braves are talking to “multiplr teams” about a trade, according to MLBTraderumors.com

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