Rather than parting ways with struggling veteran Scott Linebrink, the Braves decided to option rookie reliever Cory Gearrin back to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for Julio Teheran on the roster for his spot start Wednesday.
The Braves made the move after Tuesday’s 3-1 win over the Astros, in which Gearrin collected his first major league win, reinforcing the irony of the decision.
“It’s a shame,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He gets his first win in the major leagues, and we’ve got to make a player move to send him down.”
The sidearmer is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 appearances since he was called up April 22, pitching in key situations in the absence of Peter Moylan (back surgery).
Linebrink is 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA in 18 games, including a 9.64 ERA with a loss and a blown save in his past six games. But the Braves still owe Linebrink approximately $1.5 million.
The Braves sent Gearrin to Gwinnett encouraged that he pitched well and should “be ready” for a call to come back.
“Whenever they need me I’ll be ready to go again,” said Gearrin, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam with a double play in the top of the 11th, setting up Brian McCann’s walk-off heroics. “I was excited to get my first big league win. If you are going to go down, I guess that’s about as good a way to go.”