The Atlanta Braves announced a roster move Monday morning in advance of their series opener against the Washington Nationals. The team recalled right-hander Bryce Elder and optioned reliever William Woods back to Gwinnett.
The #Braves today recalled RHP Bryce Elder to Atlanta after optioning RHP William Woods to Triple-A Gwinnett following yesterday’s game.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 19, 2022
Elder will give the team another multi-inning option to use in long relief or as a starter if anyone in the rotation needs extra rest. Elder had a four start stint in the rotation back in April, but struggled with his command and was optioned back to Gwinnett. He has made two starts in the second half, both against Miami, and has had better results allowing five hits and one run combined in 13 innings. Elder has made 18 appearances at Gwinnett and has a 4.46 ERA and a 4.45 FIP in 105 innings.
Woods was called up to serve as a fresh arm three days ago when Kirby Yates went on the injured list with elbow inflammation. Woods had a two appearance stint in the majors earlier this season, but was on the injured list for a lengthy amount of time at Gwinnett with an ankle injury. He has struggled since his return and this move will allow him to see more time over the final couple of weeks of the season.