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Walden returns; Wood optioned to Triple-A

Walden returns; Wood optioned to Triple-A

DENVER -- The Braves optioned Alex Wood to Triple-A Gwinnett to create a roster spot for Jordan Walden, who was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday afternoon.

While Walden will now make a much-welcomed return to the Braves bullpen, Wood will spend the next couple of weeks stretching out in preparation to rejoin Atlanta's starting rotation.

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Wood will likely be back at the big league level by the time the Braves play a doubleheader against the Phillies on June 28. But the 23-year-old left-hander could return sooner if one of the current members of Atlanta's rotation suffers an injury or gets traded.

While with Gwinnett, Wood will have a chance to regain the endurance he has lost since last making a start on May 4. He has spent the past five weeks in Atlanta's bullpen. Before transitioning to a relief role, he allowed two earned runs or less in six of the seven starts he made.

Walden posted a 1.59 ERA, limited opponents to a .171 batting average and struck out 39 percent of the batters he faced in the 13 appearances he made before straining his left hamstring during that same May 4 game against the Giants.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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