MILWAUKEE -- After pitching in just a handful of games, left-hander and No. 5 Braves prospect Alex Wood has the confidence of manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Wood pitched a scoreless eighth inning Friday night, and he would have pitched the ninth had the Braves tied it in the ninth without batting through the pitcher's spot in the batting order, Gonzalez said.
"I feel comfortable using him," Gonzalez said.
In eight games, Wood is 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA.
Beachy preparing to begin throwing program
MILWAUKEE -- Brandon Beachy is close to getting back on a throwing program. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Beachy would throw a bullpen session once the team's road trip ends Wednesday in Kansas City.
"I don't know exactly which day, but he'll throw a bullpen," Gonzalez said. "Probably just a light bullpen."
Beachy felt tenderness in his pitching elbow while making his fifth Minor League rehab start on June 13. He is coming back from Tommy John surgery on June 21, 2012. He had been scheduled to start for the Braves this week against the Mets, but he was scratched after suffering the setback.
Gonzalez said having this type of setback was normal, and the team would "play it safe" in monitoring the right-hander's return.
"We're not alarmed," Gonzalez said.
Beachy will throw a couple of bullpen sessions before returning to the Minors for more rehab starts, Gonzalez said.
"Right now, there's no plan other than to throw a bullpen," Gonzalez said.
Janish minus equipment after callup Friday
MILWAUKEE -- Paul Janish, who was recalled from the Minors on Friday, made it to Miller Park in time for the team's series-opening game, but his equipment didn't arrive until Saturday.
Janish didn't play, but he was prepared to use a bat from Brandon Beachy and Tim Hudson's glove if he was called into action.
The utility infielder, recalled when Ramiro Pena was placed on the disabled list, was batting .207 with five doubles and 12 RBIs for Triple-A Gwinnett. He said he was glad his equipment finally caught up with him.
"It gives you a level of comfort, you know?" Janish said. "We're freakishly creatures of habit."
Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.