Wood, who was a starter at the University of Georgia and in the minor leagues, has been exclusively used out of the bullpen since his promotion on May 30. He will start the first game of the double-header against New York phenom rookie Matt Harvey.
"Hopefully I can go out there and capitalize and have a good day," Wood said. "It means I get to go against Matt Harvey, so that should be pretty fun. I like a challenge."
Wood was 4-2 in 10 starts with Double-A Mississippi before being called up. Wood had a streak of 32 scoreless innings over seven starts for Mississippi.
Wood has made six relief appearances since being called up. He's 0-0 with a 3.52 ERA. In 7.2 innings, he's struck out nine and walked four. Wood hasn't pitched since a one-inning stint against the Giants on Friday.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said no pitch count has been established for Wood. "We'll take it an inning at a time," Gonzalez said. "But he's a guy that throws the ball over the plate. It hasn't been that long since his last start."
The scramble to find a suitable starter began when Brandon Beachy experienced some soreness in his elbow after his final rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett. Beachy had been working his way back from Tommy John surgery on June 21, 2012.
Both Beachy and Gonzalez said the team had not yet established a timetable for the right-hander's return. It all depends on how the extra fluid in his elbow clears out over the coming days and weeks, but Beachy was encouraged when the MRI performed on his elbow Saturday revealed no structural damage.
"Not worried about it at all," Beachy said. "it's just unfortunate the timing of it. I wish it would've happened three weeks ago instead of right now."
Veteran left-hander Paul Maholm will start one game in the twinbill. Maholm is 7-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 14 starts.
NEXT: Doubleheader—Mets (Matt Harvey, 5-1, 2.04; Zack Wheeler, major league debut) at Braves (Alex Wood, 0-0, 3.52; Paul Maholm, 7-5, 3.65)
1B Freddie Freeman is batting .368 with 29 RBIs over the last 31 games. Since coming off the DL with a strained oblique,
Freeman is hitting .320 with 11 doubles and 41 RBIs. "I've been swinging pretty good lately," Freeman said. Freeman belted a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning Monday to lift the Braves to a 2-1 win over the Mets. It was the third straight game-winning hit by Freeman, two of them walk-offs.
LHP Alex Wood (0-0, 3.52) will make his first major league start. Although he's been used solely in relief since being recalled on May 30, Wood has been a reliever throughout his career. He was 4-2 in 10 starts for Double-A Mississippi and had a streak of 32 straight scoreless innings earlier this season. For Atlanta, he's struck out nine and walked four in 7.2 innings.
RHP Paul Maholm (7-5, 3.65) has pitched well against the Mets, going 6-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 career starts. He has not faced the Mets this season. Maholm is coming off an uneven performance in his last start, when he allowed five runs, seven hits and three walks in 5.2 innings of a loss at San Diego.
3B Chris Johnson has hit safely in 17 of his last 25 games, going 26-for-75 during that period. Johnson is 5-for-12 on the current homestand and has hit in three straight games.
RHP Tim Hudson allowed just one run in six innings and received no-decision on Monday. The veteran has not won since May 5. Over his last eight starts, Hudson has five losses and three no-decisions. He's allowed only one run in three of his last four starts. "I'll just keep throwing the way I'm throwing and the wins will come," Hudson said.
LHP Luis Avilan ranks 15th in the majors with 33 appearances. He is No. 7 in the NL by allowing only 18.8 percent of his inherited runners to score. He leads the club with 10 holds.
"Good for us we had Freeman for our last at-bat."—Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, after 1B Freddie Freeman launched a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Braves a 2-1 win over the Mets Monday.
RHP Brandon Beachy (Tommy John surgery in June 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on May 19. He moved his rehab to Class A Rome on May 28. Beachy pitched for Double-A Mississippi on June 3, then pitched for Gwinnett on June 8. Following a June 13 outing for Mississippi, he complained of soreness, and he was shut down. An MRI found no structural damage, but there is no timetable for Beachy's return.
LHP Eric O'Flaherty (torn ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list May 19. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery May 21.
RHP Luis Ayala (anxiety) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 25 after suffering anxiety while dealing with high blood pressure. He was sent to Florida for strength and conditioning work after making five minor league rehab appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett and Double-A Mississippi.
LHP Jonny Venters (torn ulnar collateral ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery May 16.
INF Blake DeWitt (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list April 20. He missed most of the second half of last season with back issues.
RHP Cristhian Martinez (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7.
RHP Tim Hudson
LHP Paul Maholm
RHP Kris Medlen
LHP Mike Minor
RHP Julio Teheran
RHP Craig Kimbrel (closer)
LHP Luis Avilan
RHP Cory Gearrin
RHP David Carpenter
RHP Anthony Varvaro
RHP Jordan Walden
LHP Alex Wood
1B Freddie Freeman
2B Dan Uggla
SS Andrelton Simmons
3B Chris Johnson
INF Ramiro Pena
LF Justin Upton
CF B.J. Upton
RF Jason Heyward
OF Jordan Schafer
OF Reed Johnson