What we’re saying is, Adam Russell is big

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – At 6 feet 8 and at least 270 pounds, relief pitcher Adam Russell is believed to be largest man to wear an Atlanta Braves uniform.

Some have joked that he’d be worth having on the major league roster regardless of how spring training goes, as a one-man deterrent against beanballs and brawls.

“We need to have him around for all nine innings – nothing would ever happen,” said former Braves manager Bobby Cox, upon first seeing the mammoth right-hander.

“Nobody’s charging the mound against him,” catcher David Ross said.

“What, they have football players here now?” said former Braves catcher and guest camp instructor Javy Lopez, who did a double-take the first time he saw Russell.

Russell, 28, signed a minor league contract after posting a 3.03 ERA in 36 relief appearances for Tampa Bay, with more walks (20) than strikeouts (13) in 32-2/3 innings.

He has a 3.95 ERA in 85 career relief appearances in parts of four seasons with the White Sox, Padres and Rays, with 67 strikeouts and 46 walks in 86-2/3 innings.

Russell is a candidate for one of two vacancies in the bullpen, but would have to beat out the likes of Arodys Vizcaino, Jairo Asencio, Anthony Varvaro, Cory Gearrin and Rule 5 left-hander Robert Fish.

Five bullpen spots are likely set with closer Craig Kimbrel, left-handed setup men Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty, and right-handers Kris Medlen and Cristhian Martinez.

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February 26th, 2012
4:39 pm

No won’t happen, but he might land on his feet in GWINNETT.


February 26th, 2012
4:47 pm

Yeah, we’re pretty established in the pen. But like richbrave said, it’s never a bad thing to have guys in reserve.

GT Alum

February 26th, 2012
5:07 pm

You always need at least 9-10 ML-capable guys in the ‘pen just in case of injuries, but with all those guys and potentially Moylan returning, it’s questionable if this guy sees Turner Field this season, at least before callups.

Braves needs

February 26th, 2012
5:16 pm

Adam Russell has good stuff. He would be solid for the braves that over use their bullpen each year. Even if he starts in Gwin. he is a BEAST!
I worry more about leftfield, Short and Heyward than I do about our bullpen anyways

DenizenofDay 06182007

February 26th, 2012
5:44 pm

Sounds like the second coming of Terry Forster.

Christian Martinez

February 26th, 2012
5:49 pm

He can have my spot in the pen, I don’t want to mess with him..Besides. I’ve been stealing money the past 2 years. Helps when the club runs out of options to send you back to AAA.

Gil in Mechanicsville

February 26th, 2012
5:52 pm

You never know when some coach will pick up a flaw in a pitcher’s delivery and change him from the walking man into Ryan Nolan.. Wait, Noland walked a ton of guys too. Anyway, good luck to him. Only question, can he field bunts?

Joey M

February 26th, 2012
6:09 pm

Sounds like John Rauch or Kyle Farnsworth. Hopefully he can get coached up and contribute. He will probably end up being an insurance policy in case we suffer an injury in the pen.


February 26th, 2012
6:29 pm

Whoever is pretending to be Christian Martinez, I beg to differ. He’s certainly not been stealing money the last two years. The dude is a very solid, dependable long relief pitcher. I’m glad to hear his slot in the pen is pretty much set. Every time I think of him, I’m reminded of his performance in that crazy, long game with the Pirates, last season, when Lugo was called safe by Jerry Meals. What a trooper Martinez was in that game!

Max Sizemore

February 26th, 2012
6:46 pm

Living in central Florida, I saw on TV a number of Russell’s appearances. He was not impressive.


February 26th, 2012
7:04 pm

Medlen a lock for the bullpen. How come no one is mentioning him as a potential starter. In 2010, before he was hurt, Medlen had an excellent record with only one loss as a starter.


February 26th, 2012
8:06 pm

CHristian Matinez is one of the most underrated MFers in the MAJOR DAM LEWAGUES ! Hele ya


February 26th, 2012
8:07 pm

He lfy under da radar like STEALTH mfer


February 26th, 2012
9:23 pm

February 26th, 2012
6:29 pm

Whoever is pretending to be Christian Martinez

… didn’t bother to spell his name “Cristhian” as it is. :lol:


February 27th, 2012
8:27 am

BUD, they are going to strech Medlin out so that he can go either way but with all of the starters we have Kris will have a very necessary role so that Friddie won’t over use the back three of the bullpen as he did last year, he will be a great safety net.


February 27th, 2012
12:43 pm

I like Christhian – he has guts. It doesn’t always translate to effective innings, but when he’s not overused, he is pretty valuable as a swing kinda guy. He seems to work best when brought in to start an inning and can go a couple or three; as opposed to when he’s brought in to diffuse a rally.

Cecil Upshaw's Ghost

February 27th, 2012
12:49 pm

Falcons may offer him a contract if this Braves thing does not work out.


February 27th, 2012
2:11 pm

If he can play LT the Falcons need him.


February 27th, 2012
2:42 pm

What happened to Moylan?


February 27th, 2012
4:06 pm

Moylan had shoulder surgery…should be back by the ASB.


February 28th, 2012
12:39 pm

The best news about this year’s bullpen is no Linebrink and no Sherrill.


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5:03 pm

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