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Reds call back lefty Travis Wood for Thursday start

Aug 19, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

The Reds optioned rookie left-hander Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville in early August in an attempt to limit his innings total.  Well, that’s all over.  He was called back to the big leagues on Thursday afternoon and is scheduled to start this evening against the Diamondbacks.

Wood, 23, has posted a 2.65 ERA and 0.88 WHIP this season in his first eight major league starts, striking out 40 batters and walking only 13 over 51 innings.  Whether the time off and extended rest will affect his rhythm remains to be seen, but our guess is that it won’t.  He has not once looked over-matched this season.

The Reds have a three-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central and are going for a sweep of the Diamondbacks in Arizona on Thursday.  Wood should remain an active member of the Cincinnati starting rotation down the stretch as the Reds attempt to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1995.

  1. Tom - Aug 19, 2010 at 10:53 PM

    He was optioned back to AAA because of the off days in the schedule and for Jim Edmonds 25-man spot; not to save innings. Every intention was he’d be back to throw today.
    http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/08/09/wood-optioned-to-make-room-for-edmonds/

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