Reliever Peter Moylan has been battling shoulder fatigue but said he’s much improved after getting cortisone shot on Friday. Entering Monday’s game, Moylan had last pitched Wednesday in Colorado when he gave up one run in part of that nine-run meltdown against the Rockies.
Moylan needed a couple of days to let the pain-reliever take effect, but he threw a bullpen Monday. He said if it were up to him, he would have been available to pitch Monday night, though he expected the Braves wouldn’t use him unless an emergency.
“We talked about it and thought it would be best to knock it out now, rather than try to pitch with it for the next couple days and eventually have to have (a shot) anyway,” Moylan said. “We knocked it out. Hopefully it’ll last another six weeks through the playoffs.”
Moylan is in his second full season back from “Tommy John” elbow reconstruction surgery. He said this is the first time he’s battled shoulder fatigue. Moylan had a 9.95 ERA in his past nine appearances (seven earned runs in 6 1/3 innings since Aug. 6), including six walks and two strikeouts.
“It’s really been the last couple weeks where it got to the point where I (needed a shot),” Moylan said. “It feels great right now. Feels the best it’s felt in a while.”