The Braves activated reliever George Sherrill from the disabled list Monday after he showed them he was ready in a side session Monday afternoon. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Sherrill would be available if need be for a hitter or two on Monday night.
The left-handed specialist has been on the DL since Aug. 31 with elbow inflammation. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his elbow and shut down for a week. The Braves could use another weapon against left-handed hitters with nine left-handed hitters on the Phillies’ roster and another two switch-hitters.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez returned to the lineup Monday for the first time since Tuesday in Florida when he strained his right calf. Gonzalez has been one of the Braves’ hottest hitters, going 14-for-30 (.467) with three home runs in his previous eight games.