Reliever O’Flaherty is fully recovered from mono symptoms

Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty has fully recovered from lingering effects of mononucleosis and started his offseason throwing program on Monday.

O’Flaherty missed much of the 2010 season with the virus, which kept him out for six weeks starting in July, and then again late in the season when he suffered from vision problems and lightheadedness. He pitched in only 15 games after the All-Star break.

Doctors believed his symptoms were after-effects of mononucleosis, and he was told the same thing by a doctor in his hometown of Seattle.

“He just said my body needed rest,” said O’Flaherty, who spends his offseasons in Bellevue, WA. “When I got home after the season, I rested for two weeks. I barely even left the house. I started to feel better in a week or two and now I feel great.”

He’ll play catch three to four times a week, building up to be ready for pitching coach Roger McDowell’s voluntary camp at Turner Field in late January.

O’Flaherty will return to his role as left-handed specialist/setup man in the Braves bullpen, where general manager Frank Wren has added two veteran arms in recent weeks in left-hander George Sherrill and right-hander Scott Linebrink.

“I love everything he’s done,” O’Flaherty said. “(Sherrill) is a great dude. I played with him in Seattle for a couple years. I think everybody will like him. I heard (Linebrink) is a good guy. We’ve picked up two really great personalities and great arms. I don’t think our bullpen could be better.”

- By Carroll Rogers, Braves blog

71 comments Add your comment

shawn

December 13th, 2010
7:49 pm

First………Let’s sign Ugla to an extension and get rid of KK

Coach Marko

December 13th, 2010
7:51 pm

Thanks Carroll, two blogs in one day. Sit back and enjoy the tree. Hope one of center fielders rehabs as well as our pitchers are!

thunderbull56 (he of the moderater)

December 13th, 2010
8:31 pm

Mono huh? How many other players on our roster were diagnosed? Mis/undiagnosed? Sorry, it just seemed like a lot of potential talent sleepwalked through 2010.Our manager not withstanding.Yeah, I dig,but I enjoy all of your and DOB hard work.Keep it up!

reckingball

December 13th, 2010
9:29 pm

O’Flaherty needs to stop putting his fingers in his mouth before every pitch, that could be where he picked up that virus. It’s kind of disgusting watching him pitch.

reckingball

December 13th, 2010
9:32 pm

Not to mention that other players and the umps, have to handle those balls. He could be possibly putting them, and even some of the fans that get the foul balls into danger of contracting mono.

Poorbrave

December 13th, 2010
10:01 pm

Good luck Eric and thanks again Ms. Rogers

Big John

December 13th, 2010
10:31 pm

Good to hear Meds & Eric are doing well…we will surely need them both on the bump in 2011.

Alex

December 13th, 2010
10:34 pm

this is what is called a slow news day

wvaboy

December 13th, 2010
11:24 pm

Minor for Cain not a bad trade Teheren is ready go BRAVES

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:11 am

It doesn’t matter what the braves do now because reports are out that philly may sign cliff lee which means no division title for the braves

VP

December 14th, 2010
12:12 am

Lee just signed with the Phillies. Damn that will be one tough nut to crack. This rotation of the Halladay, Lee, Oswalt & Hamels would probably be the first to truely compete against the Braves rotation’s of the 90’s.

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:14 am

HALLADAY, LEE, OSWALT, HAMELS= NL East Title

Alexatx

December 14th, 2010
12:22 am

How do we compete with those 4?…….

VP

December 14th, 2010
12:26 am

I don’t think we can to be honest.

Alexatx

December 14th, 2010
12:28 am

I mean even if we did land a CF or a improved Schafer/Mc….

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:29 am

The braves better make a trade to get zack greinke

Hudson, Lowe, and Greinke is not a bad top 3

Alexatx

December 14th, 2010
12:30 am

but who for Greinke without selling the farm?

Alexatx

December 14th, 2010
12:32 am

and it will be even harder because KC will have leverage on us, since we are desperate to answer back.

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:33 am

Maybe a rotation pitcher and 2 prospects for Greinke but they have to d something to keep up with philly

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:34 am

Frank Wren is a mastermind when doing trades so maybe he can pull something off

Alexatx

December 14th, 2010
12:35 am

JJ&MM to KC, bring in Greinke and pull up Teheren in early June?

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:43 am

That sounds like a nice deal,but if we don’t do anything then how can we win the east?

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:44 am

If injury prone chipper would retire then maybe we could have more cash

Alexatx

December 14th, 2010
12:46 am

If we dont do anything the head to head alone against the phillies will put us too far behind as it is. i feel they are a 100 win team now.

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:48 am

Yea they are the most complete team in the NL hands down.

NL Standings
1.Philly
2.Braves
3.Mets
4.Nats
5.Marlins

maybe we can make some more deals

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:52 am

Philly sign Cliff Lee for 5 years 100 million, what a steal

Alexatx

December 14th, 2010
12:55 am

Total Grace

December 14th, 2010
1:31 am

hello wildcard

Total Grace

December 14th, 2010
1:32 am

Can you say “hello wildcard”

Ed

December 14th, 2010
1:41 am

The Phillies are totally committed to winning it all…the Braves are not (even though I am sure DOB would vociferously disagree if he were here). Owners have to be willing to not let the bottom line dictate every personnel move if you are going to be serious about being a champion. It doesn’t mean you go all Yankees and grossly overspend, but you have to be willing to roll the dice sometimes and look for the payoff down the road. Until then we can continue to be competitive and hope we overchieve as we did last year.

VP

December 14th, 2010
2:07 am

@Ed,

I agree with you that the corporate ownership of the Braves couldn’t care less how they perform on the field. However, we can’t compete with the payrolls of the Phillies & Mets, forget about Redsox and Yankees. The phillies have sold out their park for 130 something straight games. We couldn’t pull that off during our heyday in the last decade. We can’t even think about signing guys like Lee. We just have to accept the fact that we are a midlevel team that will competitive and steal the division once in a while and are consistent in the wild card race. One of these years the underdog mojo will work for us to win a WS. Maybe they can we can get a $1 million bump in payroll.

ueeediot

December 14th, 2010
3:19 am

Awesome….and FINALLY! Lets get him warmed up and into some games quick…..oh, wait…..crap, 3 more months to pitchers and catchers.
It will be good to have a solid bullpen this next year.

MLB should ban corporate ownership and be more selective to force owners to have a stake in the desire of the game. Its better for the game all the way around.

Cameron

December 14th, 2010
3:38 am

The Braves have to answer to this Lee signing..

Dumb Braves Fan

December 14th, 2010
7:47 am

looks like the Phillies are the team to beat :-(

Braves and Giants are the only NFL team that can matchup pitching wise

Dumb Braves Fan

December 14th, 2010
7:49 am

Braves95WS

December 14th, 2010
8:09 am

Carroll,
Do you see this adding any pressure to the Braves to make another significant move?

An Adult

December 14th, 2010
8:16 am

No one should be putting their hands in their mouth after touching balls! :-)

The Real Brave

December 14th, 2010
8:19 am

And the Phillies just keep getting better!

Rebel

December 14th, 2010
8:27 am

I think we are forgetting that we still have to play the games, things do happen. We had the best team on paper for 14 straight years and only won 1 WS, that’s why we play the games! I still like our chances…

In Fredi I Trust

December 14th, 2010
8:41 am

Just saw that Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies. There is no way the Braves will be able to contend with the Phillies pitching staff and their offense. I am going out on a limb and saying that another 2nd place finish is in the cards, and that the only way the Braves will make the playoffs is by getting the Wild Card.

I am trying to remain optimistic, but how can we compete with a pitching staff that has Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels 1-4? It won’t happen, our offense is not that potent.

Dumb Braves Fan

December 14th, 2010
8:44 am

3 game series against Phillies: We will face at least 2 of their stud starters if not all 3

Joey

December 14th, 2010
8:47 am

Yep, near the end of last season, we couldn’t do anything with the Roys. Now they get the best playoff pitcher in the majors.

Crap . . .

ramblingman

December 14th, 2010
8:54 am

Okay, the Phillies got better. I am hoping that Wren does not overreact and go overboard like some fans on here. No need to go off halfcocked and make a desperate deal and give up a ton of talent for one piece of the puzzle. One might think of the Tortoise and the Hare before going off the deep end with all the “woe is us unless we trade all of our young pitching for _____.”

jim

December 14th, 2010
9:48 am

The Phillies are what they are. They have an ownership that cares about winning and a fan base that fills the park and gives their owners the financial support to make moves like this.
The Braves have neither as dedicated ownership nor supportive fan base.
The NL East is now as good or better than any division in MLB. The Phillies and the Red Sox should be the early betting favorites to play in the WS. The rest of the NL East will be strong. The Marlins lost Uggla to a division rival, but their lineup of Coghlan, Omar, Morrison, Hanley, Stanton, Sanchez is very strong and Johnson and Nolasco are a potent 1-2 punch. Their weakness will be the back of the rotation and the pen. The Nats are improving fast and are a year away before Harper arrives and Strasburg returns. Their ownership seems willing to spend to speed the process. The Braves have questions about CF and 3B and need to get rid of the contracts to KK, McLouth and Chipper before they can make the moves to compete against the Phils. The Mets have improved their management, but have a lot of issues.

Winning 92 games in the NL East (for teams not named the Phillies) will be tough, so the Wild Card might be just as tough to get as the Division title.

I do not think that Wren should trade prospects or add significant salary to try to react to the Lee signing. There is no realistic move that he can make that would offset the Lee signing in any significant way. Wren needs to sign Uggla to a long term deal, lock up our younger talent, and have the talent and resources available so that we can compete with the Phils in 2012. Then Heyward and Freeman will have 1-2 years of experience, Medlen will be back, Minor, Teheran, Delgado will be ready to contribute, and we will have resources to address our weaknesses.

ryan c

December 14th, 2010
9:55 am

Overreact? Are you serious. The Phillies, according to WAR, have the 2 best pitchers in MLB. That sucks. Let people vent, ramblingman. Not a single trade scenario/idea is anywhere close to overreaction.

I’ve grown weary of you and your moderators ambition. Get over yourself.

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
10:10 am

ramblingman are you serious? Philly has a big 4 and you say lets not overreact? Our pitching rotation besides huddy and lowe sucks and we won’t win the east this year

Carroll Rogers

December 14th, 2010
10:17 am

Braves95WS, it would have to put some pressure on the Braves, but whether or not that means they’ll start spending more money, not sure where that’s going to come from. Frank Wren is an aggressive guy but he said at the end of last week they were pretty much down to tweaking. I’m doubting they would want to give some knee-jerk reaction to what the Phillies are doing, but it has to put some heat on…..Got some calls out, trying to get some reaction.

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
10:27 am

Carroll,

zack greinke or felix hernandez? Which would be a better trade for the braves?

Edge

December 14th, 2010
10:58 am

no way its anything other than King Felix. Greinke has been inconsistent and unreliable with one good year. Felix is just great all around and he doesn’t have mental issues.

Gary

December 14th, 2010
11:14 am

Our rotation besides Huddy and Lowe sucks??? So you tell me that Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens can’t get hitters out? I have to say their track record says they can.

Yes the Lee signing is huge, but no need to overreact to it. The Mets used to make a habit about overreacting to moves the Braves made back in the early part of the last decade and it set them back about 6 years. I want Wren to make smart moves and not overreact just because a pitcher who has had two solid seasons immediately after a great one just signed with our rival. Cliff Lee – even at 5 years and 100 million – is a little overrated in my view. The man was close to being cut in 2007 by the Indians. Halladay and Oswalt are still the ones to fear in that rotation.

Still a good move by the Phillies no doubt, but it still doesn’t mean the Braves have to overreact. And you people are crazy to think Seattle is going to give up on King Felix. The Braves would have to give up the farm to get him.

Carroll Rogers

December 14th, 2010
11:15 am

From Frank Wren in an e-mail, when asked about how Lee signing will affect what the Braves do now:

“It really has no impact on the construction of our roster… We will continue to work to get better, but we are in most regards ready for Spring Training… We feel our club matches up well with other clubs in our division.”

just posted in a blog as well.

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
11:19 am

Gary how did Tommy Hanson in the NLDS? My point exactly and king felix is not a long shot, we could have a chance if they are rebuilding their team with young talent

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
11:23 am

a pitcher who has had two solid seasons immediately after a great one??

Wow you might want to check Cliff Lee stats and you would be one fan that would be screaming if the braves signed cliff lee

Ramlin on

December 14th, 2010
11:24 am

Have no fear..SCHAFER is here!

The truth

December 14th, 2010
11:32 am

If the Giants rotation made the braves look like they couldn’t hit golf balls, what do you think the phillies will do? Roy, Cliff, Roy, and Cole will destroy the braves

Carroll Rogers

December 14th, 2010
11:32 am

uh, I’d take Felix Hernandez, WTF. But I wouldn’t be holding my breath.

Gary

December 14th, 2010
11:41 am

WTF…..I have checked Lee’s stats. He wasn’t all that good for Seattle and struggled with Texas in the early going last season. Before his 08 Cy Young season, the man was sent to triple A and was close to being released by the Indians. Paul Byrd was a more effective pitcher for the Indians in 07 than Cliff Lee was. Before that, he was considered a middle of the road pitcher and the Indians didn’t necessarily light up the AL with him and CC being a part of their rotation.

And seriously, if Seattle was really rebuilding, King Felix would have been dealt during the winter meetings last week. Seattle feels they have a chance in the AL West and will not trade their star pitcher.

Plus one bad playoff start for Tommy Hanson doesn’t mean he was ineffective last season. His second half was very good. But based on your reasoning then I guess the Phillies want to get rid of Roy Halladay after his performance against the Giants in the NLCS? Or whats that you were saying about Cliff Lee? Didn’t the Giants – of all teams – rock him like crazy in the World Series?

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
11:46 am

Gary if you was a GM would you sign Cliff Lee? You sound bias like you don’t think he is a great pitcher?

Gary

December 14th, 2010
11:52 am

I would not sign him for 5 years and 100 million or whatever the Yankees and Rangers were offering. He is a risky signing along the lines of Johan Santana and we all see how that one is working out for the Mets.

He is a solid pitcher that could help some teams, however, I feel that he is a little overrated and would not break the bank to sign him. Plus, like the aforementioned Santana deal, he is not unbeatable and the Braves can beat him and have before.

I just think you and many others here are overreacting. I like Wren’s comments to Carroll and really hope that everything he said is correct. Continue to keep options open on improving the club, but don’t go out and make a knee jerk move.

Gary

December 14th, 2010
11:54 am

And I don’t think he is a great pitcher. I think he is a good pitcher who plays lights out most of the time in the postseason. Of course, the Giants did find a way to beat him with that rag tag lineup they put together in 2010.

Piedmont Blues

December 14th, 2010
11:55 am

WTF,

For five years and $120 million (actually six years and $132 million when you include the buyout)? No, unless I had a payroll that was $150 million+. That’s a lot of money to tie up in one pitcher in his mid-30s who’s had an up-and-down career. Even before the Phils got him, the consensus was that whoever signs Lee should be prepared to get solid production from him for maybe three or four years. After that, it’s a crapshoot.

Gary

December 14th, 2010
11:58 am

And many others feel the same way WTF. One of the shows on the MLB radio network on XM last week asked their listeners to call in and state where they would rank Cliff Lee among the top pitchers in the game today and the response was overwhelming. Only one fan ranked him in the top 10 of current pitchers and most had him around the 15th best pitcher in the game. Certainly not worthy of the contract he is getting nor the public drooling the man has gotten this off season.

WTF??

December 14th, 2010
12:02 pm

I would sign him because he has proved that he is a great pitcher if you have watched him pitched. All pitchers have some rough starts but this guy was unstoppable at one point and I would take him

jim

December 14th, 2010
12:02 pm

If the Mariners are rebuilding, then they are building around Felix Hernandez. He is young and not yet expensive, and the Mariners with Nintendo money are not the Pirates or Royals. They are not a low market team. They are unlikely to trade Felix for anything short of Teheran, Minor and Freeman, if then. The Braves are the 2nd lowest payroll team in the Division right now, and the marlins are building a new stadium that will enable them to add payroll. The Braves have to do like the Twins. Draft well and hope their young talent is the real deal.

Gary

December 14th, 2010
12:28 pm

WTF….Lee has only been unstoppable in the 08 season and the 09 and 10 (until the Giants got to face him) postseasons. His 09 and 10 regular seasons were not that impressive. Nor was that wretched 2007 season. Just like Piedmont said, his career has pretty much been up and down – which is not the trade mark of a great pitcher. He has also has some injury concern with his back.

jim

December 14th, 2010
12:30 pm

At least 4 teams offered Lee a multiyear deal at over 20 million per year. The fans on the call in show must know more than the GMs of these teams (3 of whom were in the playoffs this year). When you start naming pitchers better than Lee You have Halladay and Hernandez, then a group of pitchers who are arguably as good or better? Lincecum, Wainwright, Carpenter, Sabathia, Lester? Then a group of younger pitchers who may one day be as consistently good or better — Jimenez, Johnson, Kershaw, Strasburg – That puts Lee solidly in my top 10

jim

December 14th, 2010
12:36 pm

Piedmont,

the Phillies window for winning the WS is only about 2 more years. Their team is aging and they have a lot of money tied up in their stars. They traded away some of their top propspects last season to get Halladay. They are paying to win it all in the next 2-3 years, and then may have a period of rebuilding with some bad contracts.

ramblingman

December 14th, 2010
12:53 pm

“Overreact? Are you serious. The Phillies, according to WAR, have the 2 best pitchers in MLB. That sucks. Let people vent, ramblingman. Not a single trade scenario/idea is anywhere close to overreaction. I’ve grown weary of you and your moderators ambition. Get over yourself”

Yes I am serious. There are chicken littles all over this forum squawking about how the Braves need to run out today and give up 5 or 6 players for Greinke or McCutchen. Others have declared the season over before it starts, sort of like some did for the Rays last year after NY and Boston went out and spent triple what Tampa did. How’d that work out?

Now, if you want me to let others vent, then you have the obligation to allow me to respond, unless you want to admit to being hypocritical right now and get it over with.

“ramblingman are you serious? Philly has a big 4 and you say lets not overreact? Our pitching rotation besides huddy and lowe sucks and we won’t win the east this year”

See above, and thanks for helping me prove my point.

Gary

December 14th, 2010
1:31 pm

jim….the Yankees, Rangers, Phillies, and maybe the Nationals offered him that kind of money. The GM for the Nats has already be ruled as a completely insane person for the contract he gave to Jason Werth, but couldn’t keep Adam Dunn around. I think we know he is a few fries short of a happy meal. The Yankees wanted Lee so as to keep them from having to face him in the post season. The Rangers wanted him to show their fan base that they could keep a free agent. The Phillies obviously feel they made a mistake in trading him last year and wanted him back, but weren’t willing to go more than 5 years.

26 other GMs, including the Angels, Red Sox, Orioles, White Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, and Mets chose not to pursue the pitcher. Each of those teams are big spenders and could use another pitcher and I believe it is telling that they never got into the discussion for him…..especially the Mets and Angels.

And for those fans, the consensus was that the following pitchers were better than Cliff Lee:

1) Halladay
2) Hernandez
3) Sabathia
4) Lincecum
5) Wainwright
6) Carpenter
7) Lester
8) Josh Johnson
9) Verlander
10) Haren
11) Santana – yes even with his injuries they thought he was still better than Lee
12) Beckett
13) Oswalt
14) Price

Nittany Lion

December 14th, 2010
4:14 pm

What about a trade for Matt Garza.

ramblingman

December 15th, 2010
8:04 am

Nittany, I am not one to speculate usually on trades, but I have mentioned on here before that one trade I would like to see and think could work for both sides would be Atl getting Garza and Bartlett from TB in exchange for prospects.

With the trade to SD falling apart, the Braves can see that Bartlett would not cost that much, so it’s feasible that a deal could be worked out that would not gut Atlanta’s farm system, while Tampa would get some decent return.

Acquiring Garza would then allow Atlanta the flexibility of packaging Lowe or JJ in a deal for help in other areas, as well as letting them trade Gonzalez to replace some of the lost prospects.

Will it happen? Highly unlikely. But if I am going to jump into the fantasy trade waters, this is my jumping point.

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