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Braves call up Wood in place on injured Maholm

LAWRENCEVILLE — Alex Wood’s time with Gwinnett was short and sweet.

The left-hander will return to Atlanta after one start with the G-Braves and will take Paul Maholm’s spot in the rotation Thursday in New York against the Mets.

Maholm will be placed on the disabled list by the Braves because of a wrist injury. The good news Monday was that no fracture was found.

The left-hander had to come out of Saturday’s loss to the White Sox at Chicago in the fourth inning. He said he originally hurt the wrist batting during a game at Miami on July 10.

Wood was sent down to Gwinnett after pitching 3 2/3 innings in relief against Cincinnati the Friday before the All-Star break and stretched out in case he was needed as a starter in Atlanta.

The 2012 second-round draft choice out of the University of Georgia worked five innings on Thursday against Indianapolis and picked up the victory, allowing three hits and a run while throwing 71 pitches.

The 22-year-old was 4-2 with a 1.26 ERA in 10 starts with AA Mississippi before being promoted to Atlanta to plug a hole for a lefty reliever after both Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty were lost to Tommy John surgery.

Wood had a 2.45 ERA in 16 games for the Braves, including a spot start in June against the Mets in Atlanta.

Maholm, 31, has lost his past three starts, falling to 9-9 with a 4.41 ERA.

The Braves picked Wood to take Maholm’s place over Brandon Beachy, who is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Beachy, who had a setback on his first minor league rehab assignment, pitched five innings for the G-Braves on Friday in a victory over Indianapolis and is scheduled to start on Wednesday at Durham.

Beachy, 26, is 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA in six rehab starts with Gwinnett over two stints.