After just one start from Gavin Floyd, the Atlanta Braves had seen enough to know that they want to keep him in the rotation. To make room for him they have shifted Alex Wood to the bullpen. It sounds like the move might be temporary.
According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
#Braves Wood is in bullpen for now with Floyd in rotation
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) May 9, 2014
What this seems to do more than anything is buy time for veteran Aaron Harang to rediscover the mojo that made him so effective in the first few weeks of the season. If he does not, then the natural move eventually might be there for the Braves to cut ties with him and move Wood back to the rotation. As it is in the short term, Wood might be back in the rotation as soon as one week from now.
As for the assessment of Wood, this gives the Braves a chance to further assess his situation and see if he is better suited for a role as a reliever. All things considered, these kinds of pitching depth problems would be welcome for most teams.
In seven starts this season Wood is 2-5 with a 3.00 ERA and an impressive 8.8 K/9. If pitcher wins are your thing, I suppose he’s struggling. If more telling stats are your thing, then Wood has been just fine and will likely make more meaningful starts for the Braves over the course of the season.