Carlyle shines in cameo, hopes for callback during season

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Buddy Carlyle wanted to show Braves officials he’s there if they need him this season, and the genial journeyman accomplished that with four crisp innings Tuesday’s 7-5 win against the Mets.

Carlyle was brought over from minor league camp to start a game because the Braves didn’t want to use a pitcher who’ll face the Mets in their season-opening series next week in New York.

“It’s nice to see Buddy come up and give us four innings,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Four strong innings, too.”

He was charged with three hits, two run and one walk, and the second of those run scored after Carlyle was replaced by Cory Gearrin following a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

Carlyle, 34, is a former big-league Brave whose career was stalled by illness in 2009, when he was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes and lost more than 20 pounds.

He pitched in Japan in 2010 and was in the New York Yankees organization last season. Only now has Carlyle regained his full strength and weight with the aid of an insulin pump he keeps attached to his upper left arm.

He lives in Atlanta with his wife and kids and decided to sign a minor league contract with the Braves in hopes of getting called up to the majors at some point during the season.

“That’s the goal obviously,” he said. “The reason you’re still playing is because you think you can still pitch in the big leagues. So you just try to show the guys that you can still throw, and if they need you you’re available. When you start off [spring training] in the minor leagues that’s what you try to do. You just want to show them that’s an option if they ever need it.”

That’s why Tuesday’s start was important for the right-hander.

“Yeah, for sure, because people haven’t seen you in a couple of years and don’t know what to expect,” he said. “So you want to show them, the big thing is just to keep their mind open and if something becomes available you’re fully capable of helping the team out. You don’t know if that time is going to come about, but just to know that you’re ready for that opportunity and hopefully to get back here.”

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March 27th, 2012
8:07 pm

Keep him away from the big-leaguers. He’ll never cut it.

Where is Darryl Evans

March 27th, 2012
8:10 pm

Great to hear Buddy is feeling well. He was the only Brave that took time to stop and sign my children’s hand made poster at a game in Phoenix a few years back. Those others on that team on the field at the time didn’t even acknowledge the kids…a lot of them too…what a disappointment that was…Not signing? Fine…not even waving? Come on…

Dawgdad (The Original)

March 27th, 2012
8:30 pm

Good luck to Buddy, a true competitor.


March 27th, 2012
8:32 pm

Way to go, Buddy! I’m pulling for ya!


March 27th, 2012
8:36 pm

Pulling for him.For acouple seasons Buddy and Jorge Campillo kept us in the games with their pitching.We now have great pitchers but it doesn’t hurt to have good ones as backup. GO BRAVES!


March 27th, 2012
8:37 pm


March 27th, 2012
8:54 pm

I would love to see Buddy make a comeback with the Braves, You can never have too many starters, Look how many the Braves lost last year near the end of the season, Offense seems to be coming around, Freeman looking very good, Maybe the Braves can make a run.


March 27th, 2012
8:55 pm

I can see a time during the season where he’ll be needed. Hang in there!


March 27th, 2012
9:17 pm

Wow Buddy Carlyle got to be a name i wasn’t thinking about today. But its good to see and hear he’s doing well. Nice job too. That optimism is catching. i love it. Go Braves

Gil In Mechanicsville

March 27th, 2012
9:37 pm

Buddy never will be a Hall of Fame candidate but he could give you a solid game and if he had some offensive support like he did today could pitch with the best of them…


March 27th, 2012
9:37 pm

Back in 2008, Buddy played a mjor role in the bullpen. This is the year before he was diagnosed wiht his ilness. Here were his numbers:
2-0, 3.59 ERA, 45 Games, 62 IP, 59 K
Pretty good numbers for a middle reliever.
Should be a solid member of the AAA rotation behind Delgado, Tehran, Cordier, and Redmond.


March 27th, 2012
9:45 pm

I always like Buddy – a real scrapper, and was a real asset in 2008. He batted Left-handed, which was odd because that made his RH pitching arm exposed at the plate. I hope he does well enough to help us this year!


March 27th, 2012
10:13 pm

5.58 career ERA…………………………………..WOW………………..Do not need him.


March 27th, 2012
10:24 pm

Buddy, I hope your success continues and that you have opportunity to make a difference for the Braves this year. But if not the Braves, I root for you on any team even if against the Braves. You sir are a classy competitor, someone that our Braves young pitchers could learn from,whether in Atlanta or Gwin; you have proven that you are an overcomer, have the class that the Braves seek, and produce very effectively whether called on to start or relieve. My best wishes to you sir!


March 27th, 2012
10:50 pm

Buddy Carlyle WILL be pitching for the Braves this year because he is Liberty CHEAPIA’S type of player… “AFFORDABLE.”

It’s NOT enough that we have to suffer through no-talent BUM Matt Diaz (another “AFFORDABLE” player). Diaz MUST be Fredi Gonzalez’ nephew because there is NO WAY Diaz should be on a MLB roster. It’s a FACT that Diaz could NOT make any other MLB roster.

Once again, Diaz is the same guy (and I quote the AJC) “who managed to keep his sense of humor despite the Brave’s Playoff Collaspe.”

Real funny Matt. PLEASE don’t tell me how Diaz “rakes lefthanders” during the broadcasts. A career year now for Diaz is .190 BA, 0 HRs, and 2 RBIs in 330+ ABs. Diaz is also a CLANK with the glove.

As I said, Diaz MUST be Fredi’s nephew.

Matt Diaz (oh yes fans, he will get 300+ ABs on this team) can sit in the dugout between innings and tell jokes since he thinks everything is so funny, while I enjoy my 33% off concessions.

Liberty CHEAPIA has the right strategy. You build a World Series Championship team and INCREASE fan attendance by signing “AFFORDABLE” players and lowering concessions by 33%.

I always thought you increased attendance BY putting a quality WINNING product on the field. Am I wrong.


March 27th, 2012
10:58 pm

He’s a good man. Anyone that has met him could not help but pull for him to succeed at least for one last hurrah in the majors.

The Monger

March 27th, 2012
11:10 pm

Well Rafael, that shows you know very little about baseball. Matt Diaz is a pretty good baseball player, yes he struggled last year, after admitting he put on too much muscle and it affected his swing, he is back to his normal weight, and I expect him to put up similar numbers with the Braves as before he left. His career numbers…

2006 ATL- Batting Average .327, .364 OBP
2007 ATL- BA .338, .368 OBP
2009 ATL- BA .313, .390 OBP

So yeah, I will take a guy who when not injured can deliver me a .313-.338 average, while smart on the bases and plays smart defense, while hustling on every play. This is why his teammates love him, he doesn’t only hit for high average, he can lay down a bunt, he can hit and run, he will do whatever needs done to win the game. Matt Diaz career batting average is .296. Chipper’s is .304. Matt is a good hitter, I have no idea why you hate the man so much. A ‘career year” he hits .190? Are you insane? His worst year in recent memory was last year, and he hit .263, far below his career average. Not even mentioning he is a career .329 hitter against lefties. FAIL!!!

The Monger

March 27th, 2012
11:13 pm

Rafael- I will agree with you about Liberty Cheapia though. We need to have some sort of strike or protest to get Liberty Media to step down as owners. They are killing the city of Atlanta and the proud Braves franchise, well once proud anyways. I have sent letter after letter full of hate to Liberty, but I am only one fan, we need an entire movement. I am hoping to get something started by mid summer. Thank you and please join me against Liberty’s ownership of the Atlanta Braves.

Who me?

March 27th, 2012
11:47 pm

Someone will get hurt, and BC will get his shot. He’s seasoned and, as several of you pointed out, cheap – which is music to management ears. We should start a pool for his first call-up date…I say first because he’ll spot-fill for someone first and then get brought up again in September.


March 27th, 2012
11:50 pm

I’m just glad to see somebody is continuing Derek Lowe’s habit of talking about himself in the second person.

Simpson's Homer

March 28th, 2012
12:07 am

Wow, it’s nice to see some real baseball fans posting on here for a change. Only a couple of ignorant rants so far, out of 20 comments! Thanks to Buck and The Monger to provide some stats to refute the nonsense! Plus, both Carlyle and Diaz are good guys, and don’t deserve to be dumped on. ……..GO BRAVES!!!!!


March 28th, 2012
12:45 am

Right Arm! Homer.
Go Braves!


March 28th, 2012
1:25 am

Rafael-will you find another drum to beat? The same posts over the last year are getting old.


March 28th, 2012
3:39 am

l agree Diaz and Carlyle are great guys and comical in dugout and clubhouse. l dont care. l want some improvement to our roster. Gi


March 28th, 2012
3:42 am

My point is the Braves need players that will help win a World Series. If the player is not World Series capable lose him and find someone who will produce the dang trophy. Simple. KISS


March 28th, 2012
3:48 am

GM Wrenn’s job is to have the best 25 players is organization on the roster. Replace a weak link with a stronger player. He should have one heck of a AAA team in Gwinnett to fill in for injuries. AAA players should be major league ready. AA and below is for development. Keep building and getting deeper in talent. Find some scouts who can identify a dang pro hitter. We need hitters please.

Younger Than That Now

March 28th, 2012
4:43 am

Matt Diaz not a hitter?!? That’s insane… I don’t think he’s ever hit under .300 in a full season with the Braves. He may not look very pretty doing it, but I promise you that Matt Diaz is a professional hitter who hustles every second he’s on the field. End of story…

Bill M.

March 28th, 2012
6:10 am

Magic Johnson & Stan Kasten are front men for the group that bought the Dodger’s. Mark Walter is the person with most of the funds and will be controlling partner. Hopefully this will move the sale of the Braves closer. Lets hope so as they need a new owner now.


March 28th, 2012
6:32 am

I’m guessing Matt Diaz must have cut Rafael off in traffic one time in 2006…

If anyone would claim that Matt Diaz is not valuable against lefties, they only show their pure ignorance to crazy things like “statistical proof”.

As far as Buddy Carlyle, the actual subject of the article, it’s great to hear he’s doing better. He’s the ideal arm to have at AAA, with his ability to start and relieve, plus he showed in 2009, before his illness, that it’s a pretty solid arm.

Bobby Cox

March 28th, 2012
6:54 am

Gotta love Buddy & Matt on your team ! Those two guys are gamers.

Corky Miller and Greg Norton might not be too far behind.


March 28th, 2012
8:50 am

Damn! $2 Billion for the Dodgers! What is the Yankees worth?

Good news is it may be the impetus for Liberty Media’s to sell the Braves soon. Of course, the Braves antiquated TV deals, which last forever and a day, as well as poor attendence figures, probably drastically diminish its value.

I bet the Braves franchise isn’t worth half what the Dodgers got.


March 28th, 2012
8:58 am

Diaz is a well..if thats what you want-great guy and funny in dugout ok–but baseball player? give me a break. Yesterdays gone..When u to sorry for Pirates come on over to the Braves. When Diaz returned last year Braves begin collapse. Like someone said Norton, Nate, Miller and Matt–great group of has beens. Be careful what you wish for.

Sideline Dude

March 28th, 2012
9:03 am

Has Chipper decided to give it up yet? Come on ole man, retire. You are a hanger-on already.


March 28th, 2012
9:07 am

Joey..I agree.

Now tell me owners etc are not making money and can’t afford players.


March 28th, 2012
9:14 am

Went to the game yesterday. Buddy pitched very well, but the real story was Freeman. He looked incredible at the plate, and most impressive with two strikes. Dang…..he’s a beast.


March 28th, 2012
9:34 am


March 28th, 2012
9:36 am

We need for Beachy to step it up today.

Let's Go

March 28th, 2012
9:36 am

I thought he looked pretty good watching the game this morning on MLB. The Mets did hit some hard balls that were outs but for the most part he was throwing strikes. The 2 front runners for the last 2 spots in the bullpen, Gearrin and Asencio, did not look sharp at all, especially Asencio.


March 28th, 2012
9:39 am

Chipper is thinking “i’ll show all those haters” but the question is CAN HE.

Don in TN

March 28th, 2012
10:00 am


March 28th, 2012
10:12 am

Try to keep it in perspective. This was against the team picked to finish last in the East – the Mighty Mets.


March 28th, 2012
10:37 am

Good luck Buddy!!!!

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

March 28th, 2012
10:51 am

Buddy Carlisle and Jorge Campillio were awesome. Jorge would throw soft and softer and still get people out. He could hit too.

John A.

March 28th, 2012
10:58 am

Good Luck Buddy….we CLASS ACTS on this Team. There are some weak links in the chain that need replacing, and you get my vote. BTW what did Hanson do in ST that affords him the nod to start the season? Was it his bashing his head in the accident? He certainly didn’t pitch much in ST, and when he did he wasn’t all that great.


March 28th, 2012
11:21 am

The Monger March 27th, 2012 11:10 pm

“So yeah, I will take a guy who when not injured can deliver me a .313-.338 average, while smart on the bases and plays smart defense, while hustling on every play”

The part about smart on tha bases reminds me of the time late in the season (I think against Marlins or Nats) when Diaz got picked off at 3rd in a loss that basically ended Braves hopes of a WC bid. He has had others also largely because he tends to be over-agressive at times. But on the whole Diaz is a solid platoon player/pinch hitter/4th OF that I see as more of an asset than liability.

splendid splinter

March 28th, 2012
11:25 am

It’s important to have gamers, and it is very important to have good chemistry in the club hose, but it is also very important to have at least one guy who can knock the cover off of the ball as well as hit 300+. I haven’t seen that the Braves have that guy yet. Chipper was that guy 5 years ago and they need someone to take his place.


March 28th, 2012
11:25 am

People complain when the Braves lose.
Then they complain when they win, because the team that the Braves beat, was not a good enough team to beat.
Come on man, give us a break.
go braves!

Red Clay Hound

March 28th, 2012
11:50 am

Several years back, I was on a business trip in the small town of St. Cloud, MN. One night, I went to the local watering hole to grab a beer and watch a ball game. To my luck, the Braves were on TV. Buddy was pitching that night. A short while later, a man and a woman walk into the bar with Braves jersey’s on, both with Buddy’s name & number on them. They both starting catching grief from the locals for wearing Braves jerseys. I went over and introduced myself to them. Turns out, they were Buddy’s father and mother inlaw! We watch the game together and drank a few more beers. They were very nice folks.

Big Chief

March 28th, 2012
12:56 pm

Would rather Belinda pitch


March 28th, 2012
1:13 pm

Where is the new blog for today and the game?


March 28th, 2012
11:56 pm

Loved Buddy Carlyle……glad to hear he’s doing well!

Boston Braves

March 29th, 2012
6:56 am

Would rather have Buddy in the bullpen anyday over last years combo of Sherrill and Linebrink

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June 28th, 2012
9:18 pm

There are some fascinating points in time on this article but I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There is some validity however I’ll take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as properly

Sac Longchamp

September 26th, 2013
7:56 am

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