8:10 pm August 17, 2012, by Carroll Rogers
The Braves optioned reliever Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett Friday when they activated Tommy Hanson from the disabled list. The Braves will go a man down in the bullpen while they got to a six-man rotation until Aug. 29, at least for now.
It’s something the Braves felt more comfortable doing after their starters went 6 1/3 innings (Tim Hudson), seven (Paul Maholm) and nine innings (Kris Medlen) respectively.
“If something happens where we get a rain delay or we have one of those extra-inning crazy games, we could bring an extra pitcher,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’d have to make a roster move, but we could bring a pitcher back up.”
Gearrin has to remain in the minors for 10 days but given the way he’s pitched can expect to return in September. Gearrin has made 10 scoreless outings since his call-up July 31, over 8 2/3 innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts.
“Obviously we didn’t make any promises, because you can’t,” Gonzalez said. “But I think when we expand the rosters, his name will be up there on the list coming back to help us.”
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