Braves add Varvaro to weary bullpen

After the Braves bullpen covered a whopping 18 innings in the first three games of the Pirates series, including back-to-back extra inning games, the Braves finally called on some help.

They recalled right-hander Anthony Varvaro from Triple-A Gwinnett Thursday to add an extra arm to a weary bullpen and optioned outfielder Wilkin Ramirez back to Gwinnett.

“Just to get some coverage, a JIC – just in case,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’re getting to where we’re getting some danger zones. Here’s August. We need to make sure we don’t put anybody in a situation where they get hurt.”

Scott Linebrink had pitched four days in a row entering Thursday night’s series finale with the Pirates. He was off limits. Cristhian Martinez pitched six innings of the 13 the bullpen covered in Tuesday’s 19-inning marathon. Scott Proctor pitched three Tuesday night.

And Gonzalez said he planned to rest Jonny Venters on Thursday night, possibly Friday too. Venters is leading the major leagues with 58 appearances.

“It’s end of July and he’s got (58),” Gonzalez said. “We probably need to take care of him a little bit.”

When the Braves went into the 10th inning on Wednesday night, Brandon Beachy was out in the bullpen. They held off his between-start bullpen until after the game, in case they needed him to pitch.

The fact that the Braves were willing to go short a position player on the bench when Chipper Jones is still limited to pinch hitting underscores how thin the Braves bullpen is.

“You could choose not to pinch hit,” Gonzalez said. “You can choose not to pinch run. You can control that a little bit better, but I tell you what, it’s not a good feeling when it’s the sixth inning and you’re looking down and you’re going we’ve got two more guys left.”

Varvaro, 26, whom the Braves claimed off waivers from the Mariners in January, made four appearances for Seattle last year (11.25 ERA). He was 2-6 with a 2.66 ERA in 33 relief appearances for Gwinnett. He is available to go multiple innings.

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Jay Dubu

July 28th, 2011
6:41 pm

Hopefully a win tonight without having to go deep into the pen.

LETS GO BRAVES

July 28th, 2011
6:41 pm

mlb trade rumors talk about Quentin

“braves are HOT interest in Quentin and WhiteSox loves the braves young arms”

maybe Quentin is the next brave!!!!!!! :D

garynpOH

July 28th, 2011
6:44 pm

i wonder if there is a chance that the braves can get a bat and relief arm in one single trade. I like the idea of Quentin btw

Really?

July 28th, 2011
6:47 pm

The Braves are not going to deal for Quentin unless they miss on both Pence and Upton.

LETS GO BRAVES

July 28th, 2011
6:49 pm

yeah garynpOH Quentin is not too expensive like Pence and have TNT in his bat :D

QUENTIN IS PERFECT ON 5th or 6th spot in lineup

SCHAFER CF
PRADO RF
MCCANN C
JONES 3B
QUENTIN LF
FREEMAN 1B
UGGLA 2B
GONZALEZ SS

George Washington

July 28th, 2011
6:50 pm

Here’s a thought: put some hitters in the lineup!

LETS GO BRAVES

July 28th, 2011
6:52 pm

“really?” are you insane????? Astros ask for at least Teheran or Delgado plus another 2 high prospects for Pence ….Quentin maybe cost one prospect and not too high level

Upton avg is .230-.240 why the braves need a righ hand Heyward?????

LETS GO BRAVES

July 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

im honest i see hunter pence in red sox uniform maybe 2012 or 2013 season and that stinks!

Really?

July 28th, 2011
7:03 pm

@LETSGOBRAVES – Umm, the White Sox want our top pitchers just like the rest of them do. Upton will be the cheapest and has by FAR the most upside. Nobody wanted Justin until this year. Yea, Upton is hitting .230 but takes walks and gets on base. On the bases he’s a 40+ steal guy. Which I would argue trumps the need for power on this team. Upton gives you that, along with a pretty good glove in centerfield. Noone needs to be benched other than people who deserve to be (McOut). I think he explodes like his brother has this year in a new environment that will be Atlanta and the Ted.

I agree, I think the Astros will end up demanding too much for Pence. But I think the Braves end up with Upton.

LETS GO BRAVES

July 28th, 2011
7:09 pm

Upton is only a Schafer right handed black edition : low batting avg nice glove great speed
plus Upton have bad personality and the braves dont want another yunel escobar in the clubhouse
so if the braves want upton better dont do it nothing and left Schafer in OF at least Jordan have good personality

garynpOH

July 28th, 2011
7:11 pm

why not another 230 bat, i dont think upton makes a difference, yanks and red sox sign anyone on their wish list and the rest of the league gets the hand me downs

Joey M

July 28th, 2011
7:11 pm

I keep hoping we are going to have Justin Upton in left and Prado at short. With Chipper at third. I hate pulling Gonzalez’s glove, but dang he’s not hitting a lick.

afan

July 28th, 2011
7:12 pm

Got a new Rumor ever hour….get Pence and stop this madness..

Schafer great for drugs

July 28th, 2011
7:16 pm

Schafer is great if you want a druggie in your lineup…..he is just like Heyward a sissy – he gets hurt everytime you turn around…..if he is our future – we are in real trouble…….

LETS GO BRAVES

July 28th, 2011
7:16 pm

thanks garynpOH !!!!!! both think the same!!!!!!! upton for the braves = nothing

garynpOH

July 28th, 2011
7:20 pm

at least we know what we get with AGon, remember Belliard, never hit a homerun for the longest, no but bat but we still need defense. Seems so LGB

Jarad

July 28th, 2011
7:23 pm

Pence is a non-starter at their current price. They want 4 big league ready players. Did you see the deal they turned down from the Phils? Seriously. They’d ask for at least 2 of Tehran/Delgado/Viz/Minor plus 2 other solid prospects from us. He’s good, but that’s too steep. Quentin would be a good pickup on the bat side, and would be far cheaper. Upton is a mediocre bat, good defensive, but a question mark for the clubhouse. We dont need that and can do better.

JB

July 28th, 2011
7:36 pm

Jarad than for “YOUR” opinion but the majority

Runners Left on Base....

July 28th, 2011
8:10 pm

BJ Upton’s hitting .224 vs. lefties and .228 vs. righties. The only good thing about those numbers is consistency — bad from both sides………… Just imagine the abuse Larry Parrish would suffer if he couldn’t magically get Upton to bat at least .250 for the Bravos……..!! Why would be want yet another hitter in our lineup who is impotent vs. left-handed pitching!!!?!?!?! Against lefties:

(Hinske .107, Heyward .167, Uggla .170, McLouth .181, Schafer .190 — then, Freeman is at .237, Gonzalez .265, Chipper at .278, McCann .282 and Prado .284). We have to stick 8 in the lineup, and only 5 have numbers that aren’t pathetic. That’s part of why I suggest 2 offensive acquisitions – someone like Bourn (hitting .284 vs. lefties and .311 vs. righties, with 38 steals) and someone to platoon with Heyward in RF vs. lefties (someone who can exceed Heyward’s .167). Maybe Stefan Gartrell could even do better than that in a platoon role, if added to the 40-man roster (assuming we can’t trade).

MikeY

July 28th, 2011
8:48 pm

I predict we get Ludwick and Qualls from the Padres for 3 B=level prospects, and Infante from the Marlins for 1 B-level prospect.

That gives a RF platoon, and Infante can play CF against tough lefties as well.

Predict we win Wild Card but lose to SF in the first round…

urban redneck

July 28th, 2011
9:04 pm

why did we go with varvaro over asencio or abreu?

richbrave

July 28th, 2011
9:06 pm

VARVARO is a good AAAA pitcher. He may bamboozle the opponant’s bat for a few games.

Jabbo

July 28th, 2011
10:04 pm

“It’s end of July and he’s (Venters) got (58),” Gonzalez said. “We probably need to take care of him a little bit.”

Ya think?

wjones

July 29th, 2011
5:40 am

Maybe this was addressed already but I haven’t seen it. The White Sox are only 3 1/2 games back in their division, closer to first than the Braves. Why are they being sellers? Seems odd they would market one of their middle-of-the-order-hitters when they are in the middle of a play-off race.

bobbybrave

July 29th, 2011
7:39 am

pence and only pence…..if the phi. get him or health bell it could be over…..this team needs a big jump start now with mac out…..chipper will be back….never seen him try to get back so quick and play thru aches that heyward would probably be in the hospital calling for his mother….get pence

bvillebaron

July 29th, 2011
8:19 am

Schafer great for drugs:

You have just won the most classless comment of the year award (which given many of the posts on here is quite an “accomplishment”).

bigbrave

July 29th, 2011
8:57 am

What happened to the tough players back in the old days that could play every day and every inning with cuts and bruises on them? These guys make millions and they need to be coddled or rested from playing a game? Just sayin! Where are the Cal Ripken’s of our day?

bobbybrave

July 29th, 2011
9:19 am

bigbrave ……you are so right……back in the day they played for the love of the game….rose…bench…seaver..etc..

Chris White

July 29th, 2011
9:47 am

Quentin AND BL Upton…

alexcox

July 29th, 2011
11:03 am

bourn prado mcnan quitin chiper {DH} uggla freeman heward gonsales WOLRD SIRIES wren atrevete

WILLIE G HATES THE BRAVES CHEAP OWNERS

July 29th, 2011
11:53 am

GET MICHAEL YOUNG FROM TEXAS THATS IT FIND WILL OHMAN FOR THE BULLPEN STRETCH ,YOUNG IS A HITTING FOOL, GIVE MINOR FOR YOUNG AND THEN WE CAN BEAT THE GIANTS, OR TRADE HEYWARD TO FLORIDA FOR MIKE STANTON.

mathman

July 29th, 2011
12:44 pm

Varvaro has good stuff. The problem is that he cannot throw strikes consistently. Last night, 2 IP 0 hits 0 ER 3 walks and 4 K’s. Walked the bases loaded and got out of it. Cannot continue to do that at the big league level.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

July 29th, 2011
1:04 pm

What is more important? finding a RH bat or raising the national debt ceiling?

Chimp Carey

July 29th, 2011
3:16 pm

It was his debut mathman. I hear what you’re saying though. I like his stuff a lot. That rising fastball and TIGHT curve are a nice combo. I’d rather see this guy pitch than Linebrink…

alexcox

July 29th, 2011
3:55 pm

subir mas lansadores d aaa para fortaleser el bulpen y halladir un calmante tipo A si los pilips c arman sera difisil alcansarlos es el momento d mejoral

Noone, Alot, Loosers, Than & To Much

July 29th, 2011
4:05 pm

Quentin sure can’t hurt.

George Washington

July 29th, 2011
4:07 pm

Send heyward, McClouth, and Minor to Houston for Pence and Bourn. Hopefully the Astros believe heyward is a future superstar.

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October 5th, 2013
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