Braves change plans, keep Alex Wood in bullpen

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The Atlanta Braves had listed Alex Wood as their probable pitcher for Saturday but things have changed.

Rather than use a six-man rotation the Braves will go back to the traditonal five-man rotation, in part due to the absence of Jordan Walden in their pen.

Rather than start Wood on Saturday, the Braves have moved Aaron Harang up and will send Gavin Floyd to the mound.

While the news may be somewhat disappointing the Braves have been trying to find ways to limit the number of innings on Wood’s arm. With Harang and Floyd both pitching well thus far the team is content with riding them out until they struggle.

Wood has appeared in nine games, seven of which have been starts, this season posting a 2.87 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 47 innings of work. A season ago the Braves used Wood in 31 games, 11 starts, for a total of 77 2/3 innings.

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