Braves LHP Maholm to miss at least one start

The Associated Press
Braves LHP Maholm to miss at least one start
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Paul Maholm throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

MIAMI (AP) -- Atlanta Braves left-hander Paul Maholm will miss at least one start because of a sore elbow, but an MRI on Wednesday showed no serious injury.

''The results came back good,'' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''He's going to miss a start, and we are going to re-evaluate afterward.''

Maholm's elbow began to bother him during a start Sept. 2, Gonzalez said. Maholm went five innings and beat the New York Mets in that game, then pitched six innings Sunday and received no decision in a loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

When the soreness continued, the Braves decided Maholm should be further evaluated. He flew home to Atlanta for the exam.

Maholm is 10-10 with a 4.35 ERA in 24 starts for the NL East leaders.

Right-hander David Hale will make his major league debut when he takes Maholm's turn in the rotation Friday at home against San Diego.

In an unrelated move, rookie left-hander Alex Wood will be given a breather, and right-hander Freddy Garcia will start in his place Thursday in the series finale at Miami. Wood is 3-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 25 games this year.

The Braves enjoy a big lead in the division, and Gonzalez wants his pitching staff fresh for the playoffs. He had right-hander Julio Teheran skip a turn in the rotation last week.