Viera, Fla. – He’s a month ahead of schedule in his return from elbow surgery, but Scott Proctor refuses to use it as an excuse for anything.
The veteran reliever gave up three runs, two hits and a walk before recording the first out of the Braves’ 9-3 loss against the Washington Nationals Sunday at Space Coast Stadium.
“It’s kind of weird now, sometimes your rhythm gets off,” said Proctor, who allowed a single, a walk and Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run homer in the first inning, then retired the next three batters including one strikeout.
“Today was one of those days where you battle,” he said. “But you’re going to have those during the season. Surgery is no excuse at this point.”
Proctor pitched the first inning after the Braves, thinking the game might get rained out, moved starter Tommy Hanson to a morning minor league game.
As it happened, the full nine innings were completed an hour before thunderstorms and heavy rain arrived.
After Proctor and bullpen candidate Jesse
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