It seems the injury demon has taken up residence in the Braves clubhouse as today Paul Maholm was sent back to Atlanta to have a contrast MRI on his elbow. The elbow was sore after his start against the Mets on the second of September. On Sunday he went six against the Phillies and two days later the elbow was still sore so the Braves decided to have the more detailed contrast MRI right away. The dye used in this type of MRI means that he will be unable to pitch for four or five days so he won’t be available even if everything is clear until next week. Freddy Garcia take Maholm’s spot in tomorrow’s finale with the Marlins. Garcia has pitches pretty well since he was called up from Gwinnett, the one exception was the home run to Freddy Galvis when Sunday.
UPDATED: 9/12/2013 8:29 Via David O’Brien 0n Twitter:
Maholm MRI negative for any structural damage. Will skip him a start and re-evaluate
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) September 12, 2013
This is good news for Maholm as he’ll be available for post season duty and won’t have the cloud of TJ Surgery hanging over his free agent year.
Alex Wood struggled in his last two starts after an outstanding August, he looked tired and his fast ball
seemed to lack the late movement that was leading to his strikeouts. So the Braves decided to skip his next start so David Hale will get his first major league start in Wood’s spot this Friday against the Padres. Hale was called up from Gwinnett after their season ended and the Kameron Loe experiment failed.
Hale was ranked as the Braves number 16 prospect by Baseball America after last season and he had a good year for a mediocre Gwinnett team going 6-9 in 22 games (20 starts) posting a 3.22 ERA and a 1.387 WHIP in 114 2/3 innings. hale is a Georgia product whose dream has always been to pitch for the Braves. On Friday his dream comes true and the crew here at Tomahawk Take congratulate him.