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.