SAN DIEGO — After pitching three perfect innings with three strikeouts in his first two major league appearances, rookie reliever Cory Gearrin has earned consideration to be kept around a while longer.
Gearrin worked the ninth and 10th innings Monday and the eighth Wednesday.
He was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday to provide an extra arm after the bullpen’s heavy workload in the Dodgers series to open the trip. The Braves plan to go back to 12 pitchers (they’ve had 13 for the past six games) before Friday and add another position player, but Gearrin won’t necessarily be the pitcher sent down.
“We’ve got a long [plane] ride back to Atlanta, and we’ve got to get together and talk about it,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Because at the very least, he gives you a different look out of the bullpen. Gives you that little sidearm stuff, and he’s throwing strikes.”
Veteran setup man Peter Moylan is recovering from a bulging disc and is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but it’s likely the Aussie sidearmer will be out at least until late next week.
“Let’s not get the cart ahead of the horse with Peter,” Gonzalez said. “Right now as the bullpen stands, that [Gearrin] is a little different look down there. And we’ll see how Peter comes around.”
Gonzalez was asked if he’d heard an update on the condition of Moylan, who received an epidural just over a week ago and began physical therapy shortly thereafter.
“I’ve heard he’s doing his rehab stuff and hasn’t done any baseball activity, so we’ll see,” Gonzalez said.