Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty is nursing a sore left (pitching) elbow and that’s why he didn’t pitch in the eighth inning Tuesday night against the Yankees when he might have normally.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez revealed after the 6-4 loss that O’Flaherty woke up Monday with a sore elbow and that he has been trying to back off of him for the last couple of days.
“It may be three, four more days we’ll try to stay away from him,” Gonzalez said.
Jonny Venters came in to pitch with one out and one on in the eighth in relief of Mike Minor. Venters failed to record an out and allowed the Yankees to tie it 4-4 on one Alex Rodriguez swing for a grand slam. Gonzalez then called on Cory Gearrin, who was just called up from Triple-A Gwinnett, and he gave up a two-run homer to Nick Swisher.