Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.
The Braves bullpen was worked 15-2/3 innings in the four-game series against the Marlins. They allowed only 14 hits, two runs (one earned), four walks with 13 strikeouts.
Right-hander Cory Gearrin appeared in the last three games of the series, allowing just two hits in four innings.
“We hope that continues because that would be a big, big piece for us for him to be able to do what he’s done,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
In other news:
* Infielder Jack Wilson, on the disabled list since July 15 with a dislocated pinkie finger of the right hand, played five innings in the field for the Triple-A G-Braves Thursday. Gonzalez said there is no timetable for his return.
“The reports I have gotten are he is still not 100 percent comfortable throwing,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez would also not speculate on what roster move the Braves would make when Wilson is ready, including the possibility of sending down Tyler Pastornicky.
“When it comes up, we’ll work it out,” Gonzalez said. “By the time he’s ready to go something else could pop up.”
* Right-hander reliever Peter Moylan has been activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Gwinnett and was available to pitch Friday. Moylan is returning from shoulder surgery.
* Newly-acquired Reed Johnson went 3-for-7 in his first two games with the Braves, allowing Michael Bourn and Martin Prado a day off. Gonzalez said there were no immediate plans to use the right-handed batter against the Astros, who will start three right-handed pitchers in the series.
“If there is a good matchup or somebody needs a breather we can do that,” Gonzalez said.
*Armando Galarraga will make his second start of the season for the Astros after spending the season at Triple-A. In a bit of irony, umpire Jim Joyce worked third base in the game. It was Joyce who blew a call in the ninth inning that cost Galarraga, then with the Tigers, a perfect game in June of 2010.