Paul Maholm exited Sunday’s start in the fourth inning with a left wrist injury and the Braves have placed him on the disabled list with what they’re calling a contusion.
Maholm was excellent for the Braves in the second half last season after coming over in a trade from the Cubs and as of June 1 he had a very similar 3.69 ERA this season, but he coughed up 16 runs in his last three starts as his ERA ballooned to 4.41.
Alex Wood will start in Maholm’s place Thursday and the Braves are also expected to get Brandon Beachy back from Tommy John elbow surgery soon.
Almost exactly a year ago, Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tore a bicep while diving for a ball in a spring training game. He’d play in only 72 games last year but he really wasn’t healthy for any of them, with the injury and aggravations to it costing him production and causing him pain.
When he started spring training this year he said he’d take it easier in games that didn’t count so he could be ready for the regular season. Sadly, he was once again injured on the eve of Opening Day, crumbling to the ground after injuring his knee while scoring on a double in an exhibition game against the White Sox (video here if you want to see it).
The injury looked bad — he was in obvious pain and could not put any weight on the leg while being helped off the field. He’s undergoing an MRI today and we’ll hear more soon, but it does not look good.
Assuming Souza is out for an extended period, Adam Jones will likely be the Dbacks’ everyday right fielder.