Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field with your Braves report.
Eric O’Flaherty will not be available for several days as the Braves attempt to keep the left-handed reliever off the disabled list with a sore elbow. O’Flaherty, who was unavailable Tuesday, could be ready by the weekend with rest.
O’Flaherty said he began experiencing soreness, tightness and stiffness in his elbow “two or three days” ago.
“It’s nothing major,” O’Flaherty said. “We are just trying to make sure it doesn’t turn into anything right now. It’s precautionary. … It doesn’t want to move too good.”
The Braves re-called right-hander Anthony Varvaro to help the bullpen in O’Flaherty’s absence.
“We feel if we can get [O’Flaherty] through these next couple games, he’ll be fine,” Gonzalez said. “Our training staff is telling us if we can get him through these next couple days, he’ll be fine. You hate to DL him and then we go to New York (for another inter-league series against the Yankees June 16-20), with all those left-handers and all those switch-hitters you want to hit right-handed, with one lefty. We’ll bring in a fresh arm with a day off [Thursday] and alleviate the pressure on [O’Flaherty] and on us to DL him.”
O’Flaherty did some light throwing Wednesday and will do so again Thursday. The plan is for him to throw a bullpen session on Friday and access the situation. The best-case scenario would be that he could pitch Friday or more likely Saturday. O’Flaherty said a Sunday or Monday return would be his worst-case scenario.
“The last few days of not throwing it’s calmed down a lot,” O’Flaherty said. “It feels better.”