ATLANTA -- Braves starting pitcher Buddy Carlyle left his start against Houston on Wednesday before the top of the sixth inning with a hyper-extended right elbow. His status is day-to-day.

Carlyle appeared to become injured taking a swing in the bottom of the fifth. He threw several warmup pitches before removing himself from the game.

"It's something I've done in the past," Carlyle said. "It's something a little bit silly -- I took too big of a swing on an off-speed pitch and hyper-extended it. It's not something that I think is going to cause a lot of problems."

Carlyle, who said he has pitched through a similar injury in the past, improved to 6-3 on Wednesday as the Braves beat Houston, 12-3. He has picked up five of his wins at home despite a 4.60 ERA at Turner Field. On the road, Carlyle is 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA.

On Wednesday, Carlyle was staked to a 7-0 lead. He allowed two earned runs and five hits, including a solo home run to Lance Berkman, with two strikeouts and no walks.

"We'll keep our fingers crossed that he makes his next start," Braves manager Bobby Cox said.