Alex Wood has proved he can be efficient as a reliever. He will get his second start Thursday, and this time he may be able to stick around in the rotation a bit longer.
Wood, a left-handed rookie, has allowed just six earned runs and has a 1.09 WHIP in 22 innings this season -- primarily as a reliever. His lone start actually came against the Mets in Game 1 of a doubleheader on June 18. Wood allowed one run, walked three and struck out five batters in three innings.
The Braves sent Wood to Triple-A to make a start last Thursday, and the 22-year-old surrendered one run in five innings. Paul Maholm recently went on the disabled list with a left wrist injury, which opened a spot in the team's rotation. Wood will likely get at least two starts with Maholm sidelined, but there's no guaranteed spot for him in two weeks.
"A week down the road or two weeks down the road, if we need to move him to the bullpen, we can do that," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
To add to the Braves rotation injury woes, starter Tim Hudson sustained a gruesome right ankle injury Wednesday, and had to exit the 8-2 win on a stretcher.
Zack Wheeler takes the mound in the finale for the Mets. He's struggled in his two starts at Citi Field, going 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. Last time out, as the Mets hosted the Phillies, he allowed a pair of runs over 4 2/3 innings. A blister hampered him throughout the day and worsened in the later innings, though he insists he's better now.
"It got bigger every inning that I was going," Wheeler said. "It's just a blood blister. It's something I've had before."
There was originally some concern that Wheeler could get bumped back a day, but he's good to go on regular rest.
Wheeler made his debut against the Braves on June 18, so Atlanta becomes the first team he will have faced twice. Wheeler took a no-hitter into the fourth inning of that game and tossed six scoreless innings. He allowed just four hits and struck out seven, but he also walked five batters.
Braves: Beachy could re-join rotation next week
It's been a long road back to the Majors for Brandon Beachy.
The starter underwent Tommy John surgery last year and had inflammation in his surgically repaired right elbow during his rehab this season. Beachy has made eight Minor League starts, including one for Triple-A Gwinnett last Wednesday. There is a chance that will be Beachy's last start in the Minors this season, but Gonzalez would not confirm the Braves will call him up to start next week.
Beachy was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts last season before the injury.
Mets: Davis trying to get going at the plate
From a stint in Triple-A to his .175 batting average, things have not gone to plan for Ike Davis in the 2013 season.
So Davis tried something different Tuesday to get him going at the plate and laid down a bunt. Though it didn't work, it's something Davis said he might try again in the future.
Davis did not bunt Wednesday, and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk. He is 10-for-42 (.238) since being called back from the Minors earlier this month.
• Despite losing Wednesday, the Mets are 19-13 since June 18, and 11-8 in July.
• The Braves scored eight runs Wednesday. It was the first time they scored more than seven runs since July 6 when they posted 13 runs against the Phillies.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.