Wood was forced to make the spot start when Brandon Beachy was scratched because of inflammation in his right elbow. Wood had not thrown more than 35 pitches in any of the six appearances he had made since being promoted from Double-A Mississippi on May 30 to join Atlanta's bullpen. The last of the eight starts he made for Mississippi occurred on May 25.
While allowing a run in his three innings, Wood was bothered by a broken cuticle on his left index finger. The resulting blood made it difficult for him to grip his knuckle-curveball. But he and Gonzalez have both said the ailment should not be a problem when he begins throwing again in a couple days.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.