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The Braves call up Alex Wood

May 30, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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Braves relief pitchers have been dropping like flies. One idea floating around was that they’d make do with a short pen until Brandon Beachy comes back in a couple of weeks, move Kris Medlen back to the pen where he has spent a lot of time and carry on.  Then Kris Medlen got hurt last night so it’s on to plan B. Assuming it wasn’t plan A all along: They’ve called up Alex Wood from Double-A Mississippi.

Wood was the Braves’ second round pick last season and he’s an interesting fellow. A 22 year-old lefty, the 6’4″ Wood has but 23 games under his belt across the Sally League and Double-A. In that time, however, he’s put up a 1.72 ERA while striking out a batter an inning, all as a starter.

An intriguing guy to watch. If, for no other reason, than how he does may go a long way toward determining whether Atlanta will be looking for bullpen help at the deadline.

  1. cur68 - May 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Never mind the pitching Craig. What’s with the Dog Awful Defence? I mean, I’m USED to Beaver Ineptitude out there, but I thought what with Freeman, Andrelton “The Package” Simmons et al that they could turn a double play and stop a ball hit RIGHT AT 1st. If they boot it around on Minor tonight, will you bring it with the Inept Defence Rant on ATH tomorrow?

    • proudlycanadian - May 30, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      A lot of thumbs down. Those Braves fans are ruff.

      • cur68 - May 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Trolling Braves’ fans is a market inefficiency.

  2. innout10 - May 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    They will find a way to DL BJ and get Gattis/Schafer more playing time for a couple weeks

  3. bravefan47 - May 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    When does Frank Wren get fired? Look at his free agent acquisitions. The Braves got Dan Uggla who leads the league in strikeouts every year and is the second worst second base man in the league. All this for a measly $9 million give or take a buck. Then he goes and signs BJ Upton, a perennial .220 hitter, for $15 million for 5 years and gets a sub .150 batting ave. and no power to speak of. And who can forget the fiasco with Derek Lowe? How long will Braves management put up with this kind of performance? They would be better off using Gattis and Schaeffer and see what they can do over the long haul. They need to figure out how to make that happen

    • gmagic9044 - May 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      You seem to be forgetting (conveniently) the Upton/Johnson trade…

      As well as other decent/good trades (Bourn) and signings Wren has made in his tenure with Atlanta.

      Uggla has value. Maybe not what we hoped for, but he still has value. He managed a near .350 OBP while hitting .220 last year. And he is slugging .400 this year, which, while not great, is serviceable.

      Also, BJ is a career .250 hitter. He has been a disappointment, but come down from the ledge a bit here.

      Derek Lowe was the best of a bad situation. And, again, while not “ace” material, was a valuable 200+ inning guy, who would have been much better suited as a #3 starter, but Wren was left with a vastly barren upper minor system to work with, and a limited budget in which to do so.

      Wren has signed/claimed: Eric O’Flaherty, David Ross (twice), Billy Wagner, Chisthian Martinez, Takashi Saito, Eric Hinske, Ben Sheets

      All of whom performed pretty well for the Braves in their time with the team.

      It’s easy to focus on the negative, especially when they come with big price tags, and subsequently bigger expectations, but all in all, Wren has rebuilt this team into a perennial contender, with an incredibly young core, built to compete for the next 5-7 years.

      Not many other GMs can say the same…

    • mckludge - May 30, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      When does he get fired? When the Braves start performing poorly. They made playoffs in 2010 and 2012, and 89 wins in 2011 was pretty good given the Phillies steamrolled that year. And they are leading their division this year. Why on earth would any team owner fire a GM that has delivered that well given an effective salary cap? (I say effective because while MLB has no cap, Liberty Media does)

  4. jjohnb5393 - May 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Medlen expected to make next start, not a big deal with him….

  5. jjohnb5393 - May 30, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Bravefan47….u need to be a Marlins , Yankee , Angel or Dodger fan……and have firing authority

  6. gmagic9044 - May 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Juan Francisco DFA’d to make a spot.

    Unfortunate, but not necessarily surprising. Can’t fake an “injury” to him or BJ.

    Should have some (limited) trade value here. Maybe a BP arm of some sort.

  7. 4d3fect - May 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Where are the pseudo-headline/jokes for our inner 12-yr-olds? This being HBT & all..

    Wood Coming Up For Braves, Braves Issue Morning Call-up For Wood, &c.

    –I’ll just see myself out.

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