Atlanta Braves pitcher Alex Wood (40) reacts during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Wood will return to starting rotation for Atlanta Braves on Wednesday

When Gavin Floyd went down with an ugly elbow injury on Thursday night, the writing was on the wall for Alex Wood to return to the starting rotation for the Atlanta Braves. On Friday afternoon, those whispers were confirmed by manager Fredi Gonzalez, and Wood’s triumphant return will reportedly occur on Wednesday against the Houston Astros.

Mark Bowman of reports that Wood will be inserted directly into the starting rotation, and this is a mild surprise, especially given that the Braves could have pushed him back to June 28th as a result of a scheduled off day on Monday. Still, it is likely a positive indication that the 23-year-old left-hander is ready to pitch deep into games, and that is a huge development for Atlanta.

The absence of Floyd has inspired some panic within Braves Country, but there is little reason to believe that Wood won’t be effective immediately upon return. Stay tuned for the latest as information rolls in, but Wednesday night appears to be the comeback party for Alex Wood.

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