Paul Maholm scratched from next start with elbow injury

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Braves left-hander Paul Maholm has been scratched from his scheduled weekend start and will instead fly back to Atlanta to undergo an MRI exam on his elbow, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

David Hale will start in place of Maholm, who spent a month on the disabled list with a wrist injury and has been mediocre since returning, posting a 4.03 ERA and 14/11 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.

Atlanta is also skipping Alex Wood’s next start, with Freddy Garcia taking his place, although the Braves have said that’s simply about limiting Wood’s workload as a rookie.

Ronald Acuña batting sixth, playing left field in his Braves debut

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The Braves have made it official, announcing that they have called up top prospect Ronald Acuña. He’ll bat sixth in tonight’s game against the Reds and will start in left field.

Acuña will be wearing number 13, no doubt to honor past Braves luminaries like Adonis Garcia, Nate McLouth, Ozzie Guillen, Juan Eichelberger and Jerry Royster, all of whom have worn the fabled 1 and 3. Feel like he stands a pretty good chance of besting their exploits.

The 20-year-old Acuña was 11-for-his-last-33 with a homer, a double, four walks, and three stolen bases at Triple-A Gwinnett following a slow start. He tore it up in spring training, however, and hit .325/.374/.522 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI, 44 stolen bases, and 88 runs scored in 139 games last season across three levels of the Braves’ minor league system.

The future was delayed a bit, but it’s here now for the Atlanta Braves’ phenom.