User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Soccer
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Braves moving lefty Alex Wood to bullpen

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves found a temporary fix for their overstuffed rotation on Friday by moving Alex Wood to the bullpen for a week.

Advertisement
Wood had been scheduled to start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs but instead will become Atlanta's second left-handed reliever in addition to Luis Avilan.

Aaron Harang will make Sunday's start.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wood will be back in the rotation on May 17 against St. Louis. Gonzalez said he'll take another look at his rotation in a week.

''This buys us eight days,'' he said. ''Putting Wood in there kind of gives us a little breather and kind of gives him a little breather.''

The 23-year-old is 2-5 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts - including back-to-back 1-0 losses. He was on pace for about 220 innings, which would surpass his total of 139 2-3 innings last year.

''That's a pretty big gap,'' Wood said. ''That's part of it. Right now we need help in the bullpen, too. It works best for everybody.''

Atlanta could make a similar move with Wood after his start against the Cardinals by giving him another short stretch in the bullpen. The plan would keep Wood stretched out for occasional starts until he makes a full-time return to the rotation.

''They made it clear they see me in the rotation for the future,'' Wood said.

He was 3-3 with a 3.13 ERA last year in 11 starts and 20 relief appearances. He had a 2.08 ERA out of the bullpen.

''It's nice to go to the bullpen and have some experience throwing out of it, that's for sure,'' Wood said. ''I know what to expect and I know what to do to stay ready and stay prepared. ... It's a compliment, going to the pen and pitching in tight situations where they need me.''

Wood said it wasn't easy to pitch in relief for two months in 2013 and then move to the rotation. He spent 10 days in the minor leagues, making one start, before returning to Atlanta to join the rotation.

''It's definitely difficult going that long without starting in terms of getting back in the swing of things,'' he said.

Mike Minor and Gavin Floyd have returned from the disabled list to assume starting spots. That left the Braves with a surplus of starters, even after rookie David Hale was sent to the bullpen. The rotation also includes Julio Teheran, Ervin Santana and Harang.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Akins: Diamond Trends - Friday
News: Win Total Update
Lawrence: September Pitchers Report
Morrison, Mariners drop Angels, 3-1
Cardinals down Brewers 3-2 in 13 innings
Jeter, Yankees edge Blue Jays, 3-2
Indians nip Astros 2-1 in 13 innings
A's out of top wild-card spot, Texas sweeps
Gonzalez leads Nats past Marlins, 6-2
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
+8,873 Overall This Year
18-9 L27, 26-11 MLB Streak
+4,371 Overall This Year
9-4 L13, 12-5 +825 L17 Guarantees
+3,597 Net Profits TY
15-8 Last 23 Guarantees
32-15 Last 47 MLB Selections
3-1 +230 L2 Days, 34-18 G-Plays
30-18, +1,485 L48 Picks
16-9, +876 Last 25 Plays
9-3 L12, 31-12 L43 Guarantees
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8873
Doc's Sports + 4371
Kevin Rogers + 3597
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
James Manos + 2718
Dave Cokin + 2096
Kevin Rogers + 1658
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2241
Tony Stoffo + 1498
Joe Williams + 818
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 2398
Dave Cokin + 1932
Kyle Hunter + 1780
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3499
Kevin Rogers + 2054
Doc's Sports + 1148
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2925
Kevin Rogers + 1984
Doc's Sports + 1795
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy NFL Perfect Lineup Contest