When John Thomson ended a three-month stint on the disabled list, it looked like he might not find the successful form he possessed before injuring the ligament in his right middle finger. But in his past two starts, he's gained some confidence and will carry it into his start against the Phillies on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Thomson will be looking to help the Braves get back on track. After entering the series with 10 wins in their previous 12 games, they dropped Monday's opener against the Phillies, who are very much in the thick of the National League Wild Card chase.
During his first three post-disabled list starts, Thomson posted a 10.80 ERA. Since then he's quit worrying about his finger, which he injured on May 16, and started seeing results. In his past two starts, he's totaled 11 innings and allowed just three runs.
The Phillies will send Gavin Floyd to the mound with the hope that he'll be able to end his woes against the Braves. In an April 15 start against Atlanta, he allowed eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Eight days later, in a relief appearance at Turner Field, he recorded just two outs and was charged with five earned runs.
: RHP John Thomson
3-4, 4.60 ERA in 2005
1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. PHI in 2005
: RHP Gavin Floyd
1-2, 11.25 ERA in 2005
0-1, 29.25 ERA vs. ATL in 2005
Player to watch
Jeff Francoeur is hitting .303 (23-for-76) on the road this season.
"I feel really good about the way things have gone in my past two starts. I'm starting to feel like I did at the end of last season." -- Thomson, who was 8-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his final 15 starts last year
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Official game notes
ATL: Turner South
PHI: WPHT 1210; WPWA 1590
The Braves lead the season series, 7-6, but are just 3-4 at Citizens Bank Park this year. ... Brian Jordan's start on Monday night was his first since June 29. ... Floyd has a 15.75 career ERA in three career appearances against the Braves. ... Thomson tossed seven scoreless innings in an April 24 start against the Phillies.
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Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.