Ailing O’Flaherty not likely to be ready Tuesday

Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty is still suffering the effects of a viral infection and probably won’t be ready to come of the disabled list when he’s eligible next Tuesday.

“He’s still weak,” said manager Bobby Cox, who spoke to O’Flaherty at his home by phone on Wednesday. “If he gets up and tries to do much of anything, he gets really exhausted quick. It’s going to be a while, but things are looking up. All the tests are getting better.”

The Braves had bought another week before Jonny Venters has to serve his four-game suspension for hitting Prince Fielder by appealing his suspension. His hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Washington. But the Braves could well open their Nationals series Tuesday without both Venters and O’Flaherty.

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Buying Hi

July 21st, 2010
8:39 pm

What kind of virus infection is it? Hope he no get the buta flu. He going be skinny and weak. Somebody get the rice ready. Remember…cook rice not ice. Cheee!

Barnacle Bill

July 21st, 2010
8:51 pm

2nd! I don’t know the cure, but we really need him to be well (hopefully not just for trade bait). Get well Eric…

Hinske Da Man

July 21st, 2010
10:18 pm

What a damn joke. Of all players to score 2 runs or drive in the runs the Hairston brothers and Torreabla! Hate to say it, but the Braves deserve to lose this game plain and simple.

cattle dawg

July 21st, 2010
11:09 pm

Why was Hinske pulled from the game tonight?


July 22nd, 2010
7:48 am

Is Kawakami still on the team? Seriously, if he has pitched from the pen I”ve missed it, and I”ve neither heard nor read one word about him. Is he still on the roster? Will he ever play again?


July 22nd, 2010
9:20 am

Kawakami has pitched two or three times I believe. I knnow he pitched last Friday against the Brewers and gave up three runs in one inning. The less we notice him, the better.


July 22nd, 2010
10:21 am

I must say that Mike Dunn has been GREAT filling in for Oflaherty! Even better than Eric maybe. Came into the game last night in a critical moment and came up big! :)

Please don’t trade Dunn for a Cody Ross type…..either we get a Hart or Adam Dunn or we keep what we have. Having an extra LH reliever that is strong from the bullpen is great for the playoffs and gives us extra depth.

Check out the bullpen in playoffs:

Makes me happy. :)

Who yo Daddy?

July 22nd, 2010
10:24 am


July 22nd, 2010
10:33 am

To the person who questioned about KK pitching, he has only made one BP appearance since getting taken out of the rotation, that bad event that another mentioned. He didn’t do well, but he was apparently also rusty, since he had not pitched in almost a month, and his last start was very good. A shame that he can’t get mixed in more, just to see if he can transition into relief. That would also save some wear and tear on the other arms.


July 22nd, 2010
11:06 am

Dunn’s control is scary. He is all over the place. His fastball looks untouchable when he gets it in the strike zone. But he scares me each time out. Also consider that when we go to a 4 man rotation in the playoffs, that bullpen will include Medlen.


July 22nd, 2010
11:14 am

cattle dawg, Hinske/Diaz always get pulled late if Braves have lead. Despite his offensive limitations, the milk dud is a better defensive player than either of those guys.


July 22nd, 2010
11:23 am

Speaking of late inning defense, McLousy did his famous half-fake pump throw hold the ball while a runner goes from second to third on a not very deep fly ball to center field again. He also looked in typical form striking out on a high fastball. And I am not interested in hearing about the lucky bloop hit. This is NOT a major league outfielder the Braves can win with.


July 22nd, 2010
11:39 am

Feel better soon, EOF ’cause the team needs you, get well!!


July 22nd, 2010
12:16 pm

the only thing worse than McClouth’s bat, is his holding the damn ball!!


July 22nd, 2010
12:23 pm

Keith, dunn will not be in the playoff bullpen. no way we’ll ever have 4 lefties in the pen at one time

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