The Braves recalled right-hander Randall Delgado from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, something they planned to do Tuesday anyway, but they made the move a day early after the bullpen had to cover 16 innings in the three games of the Phillies series.
All three long men, Cristhian Martinez, Miguel Batista and Luis Avilan, pitched multiple innings on Sunday against the Phillies.
Delgado went 4-9 with a 4.42 ERA in 17 starts for the Braves earlier this season. He said he’s spent his time in Gwinnett working on repeating his mechanics and keeping the ball down in the strike zone.
Delgado will give the Braves some insurance as a starter and another arm for the bullpen.
The Braves also recalled Cory Gearrin and Julio Teheran from Gwinnett after the completion of the Triple-A season Monday in Norfolk. Gearrin allowed only one earned run in 11 1/3 innings over two stints with the Braves this season, the last of which ended on Aug. 15. Teheran made one spot start on June 10, allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings to Toronto.
Teheran, the Braves’ top pitching prospect, has gone 7-9 with a 5.08 ERA in 26 starts on the season for Gwinnett, but he’s allowed only three earned runs in 14 1/3 innings over his past two starts.
Gearrin will give manager Fredi Gonzalez an option out of the bullpen against right-handers and Teheran would be available for emergency duty.