Braves likely to add a reliever Sunday

With their bullpen weary from a recent heavy workload, the Braves are likely to bring up a reliever from Triple-A Gwinnett before Sunday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Rookie Cory Gearrin could get the call from Gwinnett, after impressing Braves officials in his first 10 major league appearances. He was sent down two weeks ago when the Braves needed to open a roster spot for veteran reliever Scott Proctor.

Relievers worked 18-1/3 innings in three games over the past four days, including 8-2/3 innings of one-run ball from five relievers in Saturday’s 12-inning win over the Reds, after starter Derek Lowe lasted 3-1/3 innings. Jonny Venters and veteran Scott Linebrink worked two scoreless innings apiece, the fourth two-inning appearance for Venters in 11 days and the second in as many nights for Linebrink.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to rest Venters and Linebrink on Sunday, and Eric O’Flaherty might get another day to rest his sore back. O’Flaherty wasn’t available to pitch Saturday, and rookie starting pitcher Mike Minor was sent to the bullpen late in the game in case needed.

Gonzalez said Minor would probably be held from a regular between-starts side session Sunday and be on standby for potential bullpen duty.

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Gibson

May 29th, 2011
3:12 am

If Gearrin comes up, who goes down?

gotigers72

May 29th, 2011
3:12 am

Don’t look now, but the starting pitching has suddenly become very inconsistent. When’s the last time the Braves had back to back games where the starter did not last 5 innings?

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
3:23 am

Hanley or Doiry.

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
3:24 am

Or is it Diory?

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
3:30 am

Or is it Wilkin?

wallypip

May 29th, 2011
3:33 am

The Braves have pitched 478 innings due to all the extra-inning games. The MLB average right now is 455. That’s 23 extra innings, or 2.5 additonal games. Of course the extra innings burden falls entirely on the bullpen.

On another note, what is up with the Braves’ baserunning? Horrendous. I’m beginning to think that the coaching staff is not teaching important details such as baserunning. Bunting is not much better. Got a couple of bunts down on Saturday, but one was by Schaefer. Everybody else seems to look pretty hopeless when they’re asked to lay one down.

Conyers Braves Fan

May 29th, 2011
5:20 am

Hudson back to start in opener against Padres. Although he had a bad outing and was hurt in his last start, maybe he can steady the starting pitching. Lowe is obviousle in a slemp. JJ is the man right now.

Bobby's chauffer

May 29th, 2011
6:48 am

Slemp or no slemp..I like the Braves chances each game… they take the field.

Joey

May 29th, 2011
6:52 am

Uggla’s in a slemp too . . .

Joey

May 29th, 2011
7:07 am

DOB, I posted this on JS’s blog too, but have you ever seen a good, consistant player (I am assuming with no PED issues) such as Uggla fall off this fast?

His OPS is .252 points below his career (5 years) ave with the marlins!

Hawes

May 29th, 2011
8:05 am

Gotta be Wilkin sent down. You’re obviously not going to ship out a pitcher, you need a back-up SS and you would still have Prado, Schafer, Hinske and Mather to cover the OF.

Not sure whom you would call up when you wanted to go to 12 pitchers again.

Mauro Gomez? But he’s not on the 40 man.

B

May 29th, 2011
8:26 am

@JOEY- made me laugh

jp

May 29th, 2011
8:33 am

Isn’t Hudson coming off the DL too DOB? That would mean 2 players need to be sent down. Who would that be?

Turtle Man

May 29th, 2011
8:40 am

They never put Hudson on the DL.

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Bobby Bobby

May 29th, 2011
9:36 am

Seems like Wren is in the biggest slemp of all

Beauvighn

May 29th, 2011
9:46 am

The baserunning blunders are a result of guys trying to do too much …B Mac is our best player right now but he’s got to know that he cant stretch that play into a double…A Man has got to know his limitations…On another note..our right field platoon of mather and Hinski seem to be producing. let’s let mr. sore shoulder cool his jets in gwinnett until sept. call ups and see if he doesn’t heal pretty quickly.. What a wuss.

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
9:52 am

Reggie Sanders had a very bad “fall-off” year, when he was with the Braves, that one season. Then he bounced back the next year with a different team.

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
9:54 am

I believe that Uggla is about to break out of his slemp.

J-Man

May 29th, 2011
10:12 am

Can we start the Venters for all-star game petition. Because he probably will not go because he is not a closer and thats a shame because IMO he is by far the best reliever in baseball. He hasnt even been on lately and got out of a bases loaded 1 out situation and a 2 on and 1 out situation. The guy has the best stuff and has the dexterity to pitch himself out of difficult situations. Venters is the best reliever in baseball…….You don’t believe me look at the stats.

Beauvighn

May 29th, 2011
10:13 am

Let’s hope Frank Ruin has enough sense to bring Gearrin back..he should have never been sent down to begin with…As for D-Lowe..I hope he has solved his mechanical mistakes..he doesn’t have good enough stuff to just throw the ball down the middle and hope…

Beauvighn

May 29th, 2011
10:16 am

Venters should be the closer…kembrel makes me nervous everytime he toes the slab. he gets the job done for the most part but I would love to see him have a nice clean inning without all the excitement..Johnny V has the best stuff of any reliever in the game..His stuff is almost unhittable..

I Want All My Table Dance Money Back

May 29th, 2011
10:18 am

If Uggla doesn’t turn it around in a couple of weeks, I think we should demp him.

J-Man

May 29th, 2011
10:21 am

Venters 11 holds, 0.70 WHIP, .055 ERA, 3 to 1 strike out to ball ratio………….Simply the best reliever in baseball……..and im including Mo Riveria

Powderfinger

May 29th, 2011
10:23 am

Slemp was my favorite of the Three Stooges.

J-Man

May 29th, 2011
10:26 am

I love Kimbrel and his stuff but Venters is just that much better. Before Venters made the club in ‘10 he was a starter in the minor leagues. A I the only one that wonders how his game would transfer as a starter?

Slemp Daddy

May 29th, 2011
10:28 am

I believe Heyward is slemping too. But he too shall break out of his slemp when he comes back from the DL.

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
10:33 am

I bet no one in the Braves organization wonders how Venters would fare as a starter.

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
10:35 am

My favorite was Cerly.

J-Man

May 29th, 2011
10:40 am

By no means am I calling for him to start but his stuff is so nasty it gets me thinking

chalkdawg4

May 29th, 2011
10:40 am

Need to send Uggla a slempbuster ala Mike Bell style.

Steve

May 29th, 2011
10:42 am

Why not make Venters the closer? Put Prado at second and leave Uggla out of the lineup. How long can a team carry a .180 hitter?

Powderfinger

May 29th, 2011
10:43 am

That would be a “slempbester”; I’m thinking along the lines of Rosie O’Donnell.

mathman

May 29th, 2011
10:43 am

Braves likely to stay with 13 pitchers until either J Hey or McLouse come back. The bullpen is simply being used too much with only JJ going 7-8 innings.

Smackerel

May 29th, 2011
11:01 am

Maybe if Uggla laid off the high cheese and quit trying to pull outside pitches he would get out of his slemp.

63 year Braves fan

May 29th, 2011
11:03 am

No doubt in my mind. Venters should close. Fabulous stuff and a closer’s temperment.

moboman

May 29th, 2011
11:04 am

Not missing Mclouse at all. His hits are non productive, and his outs are rally killers. Let the kid stay for a while, he give the lineup some speed and some spunk.

Randy

May 29th, 2011
11:09 am

What is slemp …. I’m lost.. I know you guys are talking about slump but who coined it?

moboman

May 29th, 2011
11:10 am

We need to start hitting, before we slep further outta the lead.

john

May 29th, 2011
11:21 am

Francoer and Uggla- Headjob Hitting ?- When with Braves Frenchy could not hit anything low and away,now same with Uggla (neither can hit high fast balls either,but who can other than Prado-don’t swing at high heat) – Francoer seems to have made progress but not Dan (maybe he has to stop the left foot “toe taping” and get closer to the plate ?)- hate to see our newest “millionaire” sent to Gwinnett but………

Ted M

May 29th, 2011
11:25 am

I vote to send Diory down.

tomahawk

May 29th, 2011
11:31 am

can someone tell me why uggla is still starting? legitimate answers only please

chalkdawg4

May 29th, 2011
11:37 am

I think Freddie may be a pusscator. That is why Uggla is still starting. Has anyone commented on the fan interference call last week where our runner would obviously have scored and we were screwed by umps even after a review. If Freddie was ever going to get tossed that may have been the time. He should have gone ballistic. He did not stand up for the team then. just sayin. P.S. I think slemp comes from a typo early in the comments – it kind of caught on.

David O'Brien

May 29th, 2011
11:40 am

jp, Hudson is coming off the DL to going to start Tuesday. Minor can be sent back down after his Monday start, that’s been plan all along for Minor to make two starts. (For a moment I forgot Hudson’s not been on DL, just missed a start.)

David O'Brien

May 29th, 2011
11:41 am

DOB, I posted this on JS’s blog too, but have you ever seen a good, consistant player (I am assuming with no PED issues) such as Uggla fall off this fast?

His OPS is .252 points below his career (5 years) ave with the marlins! — Joey

How ’bout Adam Dunn right now? After hitting 38 or more homers in the past seven consecutive seasons, with least 100 RBIs in six of those seven seasons and a plus-.385 OPS in five of the seven, he’s currently hitting .184 with 5 homers, 23 RBIs and a .322 OBP in first season of a huge contract with the White Sox.

Largo

May 29th, 2011
11:43 am

Fredi better lay off using Venters so damn much or one of these days Venters won’t be available. Last year he was not that great later in the year after Cox used him “every day.” He’ll end up having Tommy John surgery like Moylan did because of over use.

tomahawk

May 29th, 2011
11:45 am

I believe Uggla may have gotten one hit last night, but before that it was a four game drought. So brutal. Why are the Braves so conservative? Shake up this lineup. Prado at second and Mather in left sounds nice

tomahawk

May 29th, 2011
11:49 am

I beliebe Uggla may have gotten one hit last night, but before that it was a four game drought. So brutal. Why are the Braves so conservative? Shake up this lineup. Prado at second and Mather in left sounds nice

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
12:06 pm

I wonder how many of the people that comment on these bolgs, actually ever watch a Braves game?

Sweet Old Buck

May 29th, 2011
12:08 pm

Can we bring up a hitter? Are any out there?

Delbert D.

May 29th, 2011
12:08 pm

I’ve not been a Jordan Schafer booster, but that was a fine running catch at the left-center field wall last night. Plus he got the walk in the 12th and scored the winning run. The guy is fast.

jim

May 29th, 2011
12:11 pm

Andruw Jones had an OK year after the 51 HR season, but afterf that he had an Ugglaesque descent due largely to overeatng and poor work habits. It is a shame he never put in the effort to develop his immense natural talents that caqrried him so far, but no further. Uggla is no Andruw Jones. He was not blessed with great natural ability, but overachieved to get where he was. The best explanation to me for his problems this year would be too much work with the weights has made him too tight and slowed his bat, and the struggles of the Braves lineup early in the season seemeed to rarely put him in a position where the pitcher had to give in to him at all — He was usually baatting with nobody on in front of him and struglin hitters coming up behind him. He may have been trying to do too much, given the situation and his being with a new club. (The counter argument to this is that he didn’t do much in ST either before the pressure of the season started.)

para brave

May 29th, 2011
12:29 pm

Please keep Gearrin up in the majors.

jim

May 29th, 2011
12:33 pm

DOB seems to imply that Hudson is coming off the DL to make his next start. If that’s true, then another spot has to open on the 25-man roster (Minor?). Has Hudson been put on the DL? My memory had it that Ramirez for Heyward, Schafer for Nate, Minor for Ascensio who was holding down the Beachy slot. Diory came up to replace a 13th pitcher who was replacing Hicks. Mather for Young was a straight tradeoff. Will Hudson for Minor be needed on Tuesday? and if so, won’t that require additional moves when Beachy’s spot in the rotation comes up again?

Scott from Fairburn

May 29th, 2011
12:54 pm

Largo, make that a second Tommy John surgery for Venters if he continues to be -what did Brian Cashman call it … Oh yeah abused by Fredi

David O'Brien

May 29th, 2011
1:26 pm

Jim, you’re correct — Hudson has NOT been on the DL. Just missed a start.

Braves could elect to go a position player short for a few days, if they want to, in order to add Gearin tonight and bring up another position player after Minor’s start Tuesday in place of Minor.

Beauvighn

May 29th, 2011
1:35 pm

I have become a Jordan schafer fan since he has been back..he gives us eed speed at the top of the line up, can lay down a bunt, and can score from 1st base on a double..Not to mention he can cover some ground in CF..I say leave him there and let him be. trade nate and a player to be named for a reliable hitter

jim

May 29th, 2011
1:42 pm

In an era where roles are so strictly defined, we have become obsessed with the role of closer — The 8th inning guy is somehow less likely to get hitters out in the 9th than the 8th and has some character trait that the 8th inning guy lacks. A lot of this is media hype and nonsense. Mariano Rivera, for one, was no more or less effective setting up for Wetland than he has been closing. Madson has made a seamless transition from the 8th to the 9th as another example this year. Given the frequency with which the Braves have found themselves tied or a run ahead going into the 8th inning this year, the talk about who should be pitching the 8th or 9th seems way overblown. The 8th inning has been just as important as the 9th and the outcome of the game every bit as dependent. One can argue that Venters deserves the special recognition (and financial benefit) the closer role brings, but as far as changing the outcome of some games, well the 8th inning does not automatically take care of itself. Remember that Wagner was less than perfect in save situations last year and frequently made things tense with 9th inning baserunners. If you want to boost Venters, fine, but be glad we have an arm like Kimbrel’s in our pen.

jim

May 29th, 2011
1:45 pm

Won’t Minor (or someone else) need to make more starts before Beachy is ready to pitch again? If Minor is sent down, won’t someone else (Teheran) need to be bought back before the 10 day wait to recall Minor arrives?

Disinterested

May 29th, 2011
1:56 pm

Please find us a real CLOSER and not Kimbrel…….

Rich W

May 29th, 2011
1:57 pm

Can DOB or someone help me to know what is the story on the signings the Braves annouced reported on May 26-28 that I have seen the “Transactions” page of the Braves home page on MLB.com? Several players signed. Who are they? Where are they from? What’s the forecast on them? I need info!

David O'Brien

May 29th, 2011
2:07 pm

Gearrin has been recalled from Gwinnett, will be suited up for tonight’s game vs. Reds

Hinske Da Man

May 29th, 2011
2:22 pm

Reckingball

I watch every single Braves game as I have the MLB Extra Innings package. When I grew up in Florida, I always went to Spring Training with my dad, and have been a Braves fan since I knew what baseball was, so that is about 30 years now.

When I moved from Florida I watched them all the time on TBS as every Braves fan did until TBS dropped them. Ever since Direct TV offered the MLB package, I have gotten it. I watch every Braves game, and sometimes I wonder why I waste my time and money to watch this team. It seems as I get older the less I want to watch them lose and put it off as a bad stretch. This Braves team just doesn’t have what it takes to be a winner. For whatever reason, they just don’t have it. They have the pitching, they have the defense, and they have the offense, but for some reason they always choke, and don’t play up to the standards that they should be playing. I don’t get it, and I am about done spending my hard earned money, and wasting my time on this team.

daniel buck

May 29th, 2011
2:58 pm

When you crave a slemp burger with cheese head on down to the stooges Varsity grill… Tell em John Smoltz and Ryan Klesko sent ya

reckingball

May 29th, 2011
4:16 pm

Hinske Da Man…………..If I felt that way, I would stop watching them too.
They are frustrating to watch some times, they make me curse at the TV like an idiot on some of the plays they make.
I have thought about stopping watching their games myself, But just when I think that I am out, there they are again, pulling me right back in.
I hope they can get the bats going, everything else is alright with them, I believe.

Kyle

May 29th, 2011
7:10 pm

It seems to me that players who put on too much muscle in baseball tend to struggle the next year. Everyone remembers when Frenchy put on 22 lbs of muscle after his rookie season and then sucked. This year he is back down to his rookie weight and is hitting again. Carlos Gonzalez put on 15 lbs of muscle this off season and got off to a terrible start. At the beginning of May he got sick and lost 12 lbs. Now he is hitting over .400 this month. I think Uggla needs to slim down the Popeye arms and get his swing back. To much muscle to move.

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