Kimbrel optioned to Gwinnett, will return Sept. 7

As planned, the Braves activated rookie left-hander Mike Minor on Sunday and optioned rookie reliever Craig Kimbrel back to Triple-A Gwinnett. Minor will make his fourth start Tuesday against the Mets.

The Braves optioned Minor to their Gulf Coast League team on Friday and recalled Kimbrel for the third time, so they could have an extra arm in the bullpen for two days. The hard-throwing rookie pitched Friday.

“I didn’t unpack, so that makes it easier,” Kimbrel said, smiling as he cleared out his locker by tossing a few things into his large duffel bag.

Minor didn’t actually report to the Gulf Coast league team. It was a procedural move to open a roster spot, and he was optioned to the Gulf Coast League team because its season ended Saturday, making him eligible to return to the Braves right away.

The Braves had to activate him Sunday, a day after the Gulf Coast League season ended.

Kimbrel, 22, will be among the Braves’ September callups, but won’t be eligible to return until Sept. 7, after Gwinnett’s season ends.

“I wish he could [return sooner],” said manager Bobby Cox, who reiterated that Kimbrel figures prominently in the Braves’ future.

Kimbrel has a 1.74 ERA with 22 saves and 76 strikeouts in 51-2/3 innings at Gwinnett, and a 0.96 ERA with 17 strikeouts (with 11 walks) in 9-1/3 innings for Atlanta.

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LuisG - Win-it-4Bobby-n-Chipper

August 29th, 2010
8:59 pm

Lowe

August 29th, 2010
9:48 pm

What is really up with Lowe? Blisters or sweat, he is alwas looking at his hand.

UGA75

August 30th, 2010
12:03 am

I used to pitch in the minors and I fear this is an elbow thing with Lowe. He doesn’t have the feel for the ball, it messes up his release point, and his touch which is critical to a sinker ball pitcher is less than usual. They are going to need KK to fill in for him and you have to feel bad for Lowe who is a true gamer. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think so.

John Leonard Omar 229

August 30th, 2010
1:40 am

Except for a few starts,Lowes been average to bad for two years.

mistermak

August 30th, 2010
9:30 am

definitely not worth the millions they paid him. Big Bust!

JW3

August 30th, 2010
9:38 am

Thanks, UGA75, for your insight. I will read through dozens of flippant trifling comments looking for remarks as knowledgeable as yours.

Mathman

August 30th, 2010
9:44 am

It doesn’t have to be KK. Spot start Martinez or bring up Brandon Beachy. He is the next starter that is ready at Gwinnett. ERA: 2.5 and more K’s than IP. Bring up Dunn and Marek and maybe Proctor on Wed as well. Put Farnsworth on the bench or try to trade him. Oh, I forgot, Wren is the only fool who would take him.

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