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G-BRAVES NOTES: Wood misses out on trip home to Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE — The visit by the Columbus Clippers to Coolray Field looked like it would be a homecoming for former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech pitcher Blake Wood.

Instead, the right-hander is back with his original organization — the Kansas City Royals.

Wood was claimed off waivers on Monday from the Cleveland Indians and assigned to Omaha of the Pacific Coast League by the Kansas City.

The 28-year-old reliever had been in limbo since late last week when the Indians designated him for assignment off the 40-man roster to clear space.

Wood started the season with Cleveland, but struggled in seven appearances before being sent down to the International League, where he had a 1.19 ERA in nine games despite continued control issues.

A third-round draft pick of the Royals in 2006, Wood spent two seasons in Kansas City and was 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA over a career-high 55 appearances in 2011.

But Wood missed the 2012 season after Tommy John elbow surgery and spent most of last season working his way back after being claimed off waivers by Cleveland.

Offense cold on road

The G-Braves still have a winning record on the road at 18-14, but they struggled scoring runs while going 3-5 during a trip to Pawtucket and Rochester that concluded Monday.

Gwinnett, which fell 3 ½ games behind first-place Durham, scored just two runs in the first three games at Rochester before winning 6-1 in the series finale.

The G-Braves were shut out twice on the eight-game trip. They scored just one run in two losses and two in another.

But Gwinnett had 11 hits on Monday against the Red Wings, including homers by Mark Hamilton and Brandon Boggs. The homers accounted for five of the six runs.

Thomas joins bullpen

Ian Thomas, sent down by Atlanta on Saturday, pitched two scoreless innings at Rochester on Sunday, allowing one hit while striking out three a walking one.

The left-hander got a start for the G-Braves on May 6 after first being optioned by the Braves, and threw three hitless innings while striking out five and walking none.

Thomas made 16 relief appearances in his two stints with Atlanta, going 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA. He had 13 strikeouts and six walks over 10 2/3 innings.

Pirates claim Obispo

Right-hander reliever Wirfin Obispo was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates and assigned to Indianapolis of the International League on Monday.

Obispo had been designated for assignment on Saturday by Atlanta to make room on the 40-man roster for reliever Shae Simmons, who was promoted by the Braves from Class AA Mississippi.

Obispo was 2-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 19 games for the G-Braves this season after appearing in 54 games out of the bullpen last year.

The G-Braves added veteran reliever Kameron Loe during their road trip and sent Mitch Atkins, who had both started and relieved, down to Mississippi on Monday.