Reliever Proctor to rejoin Braves on Sunday

The Braves will get some bullpen help Sunday when Scott Proctor arrives from Triple-A Gwinnett, where the veteran has finally regained his form after two elbow surgeries.

Proctor has a 1.06 ERA and three saves in 14 appearances for Gwinnett, and has recorded 24 strikeouts in 17 innings while allowing just 10 hits and five walks.

The 34-year-old right-hander was released by the Braves at the end of spring training, then re-signed on April 3 to a minor-league contract. Because he was released, the Braves couldn’t add him to their major league roster until May 15.

When Proctor re-signed, it was with an agreement that if another team was interested in adding Proctor to its major league roster before May 15, the Braves would work out a trade to let him go to a team if he wanted to.

He has pitched so well at Gwinnett that at least two major league teams came calling. The Braves told Proctor they would work out a deal if he wanted to go, but also assured him that they would bring him to the majors on May 15 if he opted to stay. Proctor decided to stay with the Braves.

Re-signing him now looks like a wise move by the Braves, whose bullpen is running a little thin due to Peter Moylan’s bulging disc — he’ll have back surgery next week — and Scott Linebrink’s struggles.

Proctor was one of baseball’s top setup men in 2006-2007 with the Yankees and Dodgers, but a heavy workload those seasons likely contributed to his subsequent elbow problems.

He had flexor-tendon surgery in October 2008, then ligament-transplant elbow surgery in May 2009. After missing the entire ’09 season with Florida, Proctor signed with the Braves.

He struggled last season with a 7.08 ERA in 31 appearances for Gwinnett and 6.35 ERA in six late-season appearances with Atlanta. The Braves believed that he still had plenty left and only needed more time to regain his form.

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Larry

May 12th, 2011
7:20 pm

Who is he replacing?

Gutfeld

May 12th, 2011
7:26 pm

Think Linebrink will hit the DL with a random “injury”?

Ralph

May 12th, 2011
7:36 pm

Great rally braves, bases loaded and no runs, probably the only chance they will get tonight, this team is really hard to watch, depressing.

Braves Suck

May 12th, 2011
7:41 pm

The Braves lead the world in blowing scoring opportunities in the 1st inning. What a Joke.

Braves Suck

May 12th, 2011
7:46 pm

Why can’t this team beat Washington. It is amazing how they beat us all the time.

Ralph

May 12th, 2011
7:47 pm

Damm, Espinosa hommered before LaRoach got an chance to steal second, what a shame.

Reid in EAV

May 12th, 2011
7:50 pm

If you find yourselves loaded with pitching what do you do? You sign another pitcher. You can never have enough pitching. TRUTH.

Fredi yes

May 12th, 2011
7:50 pm

hopefully he’ replacing Linebrink…

O-my

May 12th, 2011
8:01 pm

Chipper stricks again……………………..

NorCal Brave

May 12th, 2011
8:01 pm

Hopefully Proctor’s success at Gwinnett carries over. Linebrink’s already a huge waste of money.

O-my

May 12th, 2011
8:02 pm

strikes what ever…..

[...] least two teams” contacted the Braves about right-hander Scott Proctor, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  When the Braves re-signed Proctor last month, the team agreed to trade Proctor before May 15 if [...]

O-my

May 12th, 2011
8:09 pm

Time to go to Hawks game.

fred

May 12th, 2011
8:11 pm

Braves look like Bad News Bears..lol at there little league play.

BRAVESFAN

May 12th, 2011
8:58 pm

Bring up the whole AAA team, they might actually try to win a game!

Larry

May 12th, 2011
8:58 pm

Down 4-1 with Lowe at 100 pitches and Fredi Cox bats him second in the inning. Fredi Cox surrenders again…this time in the bottom of the 5th.

Folks, I’m making it official and issuing the following verdict: Fredi Cox hasn’t the courage, intuition, instincts and aptitude to be a championship major league manager. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about hiring a Bobby Cox clone! Look for changes at the top as the fans interest is returning to the mid-late 1980’s level simply because this is a boring, predictable and utterly uninteresting brand of baseball. Fredi’s a 1st or 3rd base coach–nothing more!

As I so badly wanted and gave up my season tickets after 21 years because we didn’t, this organization should have gone outside and brought in a manager with the polar opposite of Cox and his pupil, Gonzalez, by changing the entire personality to one of speed, contact and situational hitters, and calculated, gutsy, bold and intelligent managing.

This is going to be a long summer and difficult era for the Braves…but they have no one to blame but the person in the mirror!

bruce

May 12th, 2011
10:26 pm

this is good news…

JWOOD

May 12th, 2011
10:41 pm

Good luck Proctor. Looks like this is one short move to releasing Linebrink.

aj

May 12th, 2011
10:45 pm

Better check the Braves’ bats for holes. Never saw so many strikeouts or missed pitches
in my 35 years of following the Braves. Other than Kimbrel’s poor performance last night,
the pitching has been rather good.

originalatlbravefan

May 12th, 2011
11:13 pm

I guess Larry you look like stupid now. Maybe you should stick to commenting on something you know since you obviously don’t understand baseball. Not sure what that would be maybe dancing with the stars. What kind a fan would have given up season tickets because we hired a manager well respected by everyone who knows baseball? You sir are an idiot.

TK

May 12th, 2011
11:17 pm

Well said originalatlbravefan…

Dan

May 13th, 2011
12:00 am

Uggla .205, Hayward .220, Freeman .228, Conrad .125, Mather .167, and I can not blame TP !!!

JC Boscan III

May 13th, 2011
1:21 am

….. Some reporter should be asking Fredi about Alex Gonzales loafing to first base and then getting thrown out trying to stretch his loaf into a double after the ball hit the left field wall………! Why no quote about that boneheaded play…..!?! That’s the kind of play that the Nationals should be making, not the Braves!!!

wjones

May 13th, 2011
6:51 am

originalatlbravefan

May 12th, 2011
11:13 pm
I guess Larry you look like stupid now. Maybe you should stick to commenting on something you know since you obviously don’t understand baseball. Not sure what that would be maybe dancing with the stars. What kind a fan would have given up season tickets because we hired a manager well respected by everyone who knows baseball? You sir are an idiot.
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I coudn’t agree with you more. It never ceases to amaze me why some people follow this team or this sport when it obviously makes them so miserable. I just hate it when they try to share the misery. Must be a peach to live with, you think?

wjones

May 13th, 2011
6:56 am

It may be that management instructed AGON not to run out routine plays due to his groin. Remember, they didn’t say it was 100%, just that he could play with it (that sounded wrong, didn’t it?). Maybe they wanted to get his glove in the lineup so badly they were willing to allow him to play before everything totally healed. Just sayin’.

But I do see the point in asking the question, and by wording it as a question of avoiding injury, it doesn’t sound as accusatory.

Captain Mowser

May 13th, 2011
7:41 am

Keasbey Jack

May 13th, 2011
9:55 am

Gonzo knew he dogged it when he was thrown out, he was pissed at himself in the dougout. I am sure Nate did not know that if he hussled down the line he may well of been safe. We didn’t know at the time till we saw the replay.BB is a funny game cause if he was safe who is to say the Chipper dosen’t hit into a DP. McCann hits his single to right drives in Prado from third. Walking the lead off hitter really came back to bite the Nat’s last night & the stars were aligned fo B Mac to be the Hero!! Go Braves it a long season filled with ups & downs, the best teams win what 65% of time. You can not win them all so keep an even keel.

boatsnhoes

May 13th, 2011
11:08 am

larry, thats just too bad the braves didnt listen to you. with your qualifications – youd figure they would seek out your opinion. all joking aside, your unsubstantiated opinion is outrageous – you bring to mind the fan in major league 2. the doubter who cracked on charlie sheen the whole time. bobby cox was one of the greatest managers ever – had 6 or 7 100+ win seasons. whereas you…not so much. be a yankee fan you fair weather knowitall.

Lemke's Knuckler

May 13th, 2011
1:18 pm

Braves have invested a good bit in Proctor the past few years. Be nice to see that investment pay off. Too bad Marek got hurt, otherwise he would have gotten his shot at the big club. Always hate to see a guy miss his chance like that from an injury.

Bubba

May 13th, 2011
2:22 pm

I’m thinking the Braves will not approach Larry for advice. I don’t think a little league team will either. He’s not a baseball fan, He is a baseball blog reader and responds to what his uneducated mind thinks, as long as it is negative.

JamesH17

May 13th, 2011
5:18 pm

@ Larry first of your an idiot. with that said you do realize the team went into extra inning’s in the second game and Fredi G had to use most of the pen…so the decision to keep Lowe in wasnt him givining up but a effort to let Lowe get through the 6th so he could set up the pen to not be overworked for the second night.If you dislike the way this team is playing or the direction the team is going in which most experts say is in a great direction then simply dont watch the games and dont come on here spouting your stupid crap no one cares what you have to say because you know nothing of value for us to even care about

willie g hates bill shanks

May 13th, 2011
5:25 pm

I told you all the braves sux until they can get an owner that will buy quality players they will always be sorry ,and frank wren please its amiracle they have won this many games they phillies sweep them and i will have alot of money in my bank acct monday morning and with the yankees taking care of the great red soxs.

willie g hates bill shanks

May 13th, 2011
5:28 pm

THE PHILLIES WILL SWEEP ATLANTA AND THE SEASON WILL BE OVER BRING ON FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!

willie g hates bill shanks

May 13th, 2011
5:31 pm

THE BRAVES NEED MARK CUBAN TO BUY THE BRAVES WHILE HE IS YOUNG AND THE BRAVES WILL COMPETE AND BEAT THE GIANTS, PHILLIES, YANKEEES, AND REDSOX IT TAKES MONEY TO WIN NOT ALL THE TIME BUT YOU ALL KNOW IF TED TURNER DIDN,T BUY THE BRAVES THEY WOULD HAVE NEVER WON 1 WORLD TITLE PLAY BALL !

joe mccall

May 13th, 2011
8:25 pm

if all you crybabies can do is cry about the braves,you must still be wearing diapers.if you don’t have anything good to say,shut the —-up.cry to your elect officils,excuse my spelling,you shouldheap praise on this team,so go find somrthing else to cry about.

SuperBraves

May 13th, 2011
9:03 pm

lol………A-Gonzales singles….Mather doubles….and.—-C-Martinez 2-run double :O ?????

Yes people!!!!!!!!!

ron

May 14th, 2011
9:53 am

Very hard to support a loser. They can’t hit or play defense. They SUCK! I can’t spend my money on a loser.

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