Delgado, Teheran and Gearrin round out Sept. call-ups

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.

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September 3rd, 2012
3:17 pm


September 3rd, 2012
3:18 pm

Hopefully, he has worked out his issues.


September 3rd, 2012
3:30 pm

If Tommy Hanson falters again tomorrow, it’s time for him to meet the same fate as Uggla and be replaced in the rotation by Delgado (or Sheets if healthy).


September 3rd, 2012
3:59 pm

K-Baby— And we all said AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

Ken Stallings

September 3rd, 2012
4:15 pm

K-Baby’s comment is accurate. However, I would not give Hanson the extra shot. I would render Handson to the bullpen now and give Delgado the next shot.


September 3rd, 2012
4:23 pm

hansons another of the braves great overrated see also heyworthless


September 3rd, 2012
4:41 pm

Ken – I would be reluctant to give him the start tomorrow as well. I think if he is “run out there” any more times he will continue to be the Derrick Lowe of last year. Leaving Derrick Lowe in the rotation last year was a major factor in the collapse. Freddi G. CANNOT let that happen with Hanson this year.


September 3rd, 2012
4:43 pm

None of those three make us better.If they were tearing it up thru the league thats great but a losing record in the minors does not excite me.GO BRAVES!!!


September 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

If Sheets is truly healthy, he is a definite upgrade over Hanson.


September 3rd, 2012
4:47 pm

Avilan only pitched 0.2 innings on Sunday.


September 3rd, 2012
5:07 pm

Hanson should not be starting tomorrow.


September 3rd, 2012
5:20 pm

Another vote for Delgado, not Hanson tomorrow.

I can’t stand watching Hanson pitch, and would prefer not to see him start again for the Braves.


September 3rd, 2012
5:29 pm

It’s good to know that Freddi and the FO are seeing the same thing I’m seeing.I understand not having knee jerk response in moving the batting lineup or the pitching rotation. And in the big picture we are still in the penant race.Is it important to pressure the Nats for first place ? Was it important to wait so long before bringing up Medlin or Delgado ?Did the Ben Sheets project work for what was invested ?Is the Overbay project going to work ?How long does it take for a finger injury to fully heal ?Didn’t Heyward have an finger injury ? Didn’t he return to soon ?Is Prado a better LF or 2nd baseman ?Do the Nats fear the Braves ?

ga gator

September 3rd, 2012
5:32 pm

My playoff rotation is: Medlin, Hudson and either Maholm or Minor. Let the rest of the mediocre starting arms labor in the Bullpen.


September 3rd, 2012
5:34 pm

Really? Problems with Heyward… watch some baseball if your mother will let you, but finish your 7th grade homework first, of course.

anti-negative guy

September 3rd, 2012
5:35 pm

Hal the dumass


September 3rd, 2012
5:45 pm

The bloggers were right about letting Medlen start, we were right about benching Uggla, we were right about not getting Dempster, we were right about Delgado, and a whole lot more , so Braves management needs to listen to us when we say do NOT let Hanson start!

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
5:49 pm

Can someone tell me why we need all that pitching? Don’t we need some hitters?

splendid splinter

September 3rd, 2012
5:54 pm

You got it Amber Girl.


September 3rd, 2012
6:04 pm

Oh’man – the bloggers were NOT right about benching Minor. NOT right about trading 2 of 3 top pitching prospects for Grienke. I am NOT saying Hanson is the answer. But it is easy to go to Vegas and say how much you won, while never mentioning the times you (ie bloggers) crapped out at the tables.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

September 3rd, 2012
6:14 pm

Our saving grace is J.C. Boscan??? Well, that’s not disheartening at all. What’s he hitting for his minor league career? .200? .220? Yeah, he’ll surely help this club’s offense. *sigh* I just don’t understand this move from management; why would you call THIS GUY up? He’s absolutely useless! Will someone please explain to me why the Braves are unwilling to call up some fresh blood? Why not call up Gattis? Yeah, he’s been playing in LF lately, but I’m sure the guy can still take a squat behind home plate and call a game. We have other players like Mejia as well– he would provide more depth at 1B, and give us another right-handed bat off the bench. These two players really have nothing more to prove at the minor league level. Both possess the ability to mash the ball, and that’s what this club needs most right now. Or am I missing something here? I mean, where’s the logic in bringing up players that provide little to no value to the team? Of all people, why bring up Boscan?

ButterMilk Tuesdays

September 3rd, 2012
6:22 pm

And I agree with you all about Hanson… the man is easily our weakest link in the rotation. His 88 mph FB and slow 12-6 curve is NOT going to get things done. I don’t care how good your curve is, if you can’t spot your fastball, you’re destined to give up runs and lose games. Give Delgado the ball and let him have at it.


September 3rd, 2012
6:24 pm

I agree with you Amber girl. Righthanded hitters like Mejia, Gartrell and Gattis have shown that they can hit with power at AA and AAA level but are not aven given a chance to show what they can do at the major league level because Fredi and Wren want to protect “great bench attitude guys” like Hinske, Overby, etc. Braves will never win another championship with just pitching prospects. I don’t know if these guys can hit at the major league level, but we will never know if they are not given a shot. They said Simmons could not hit major league pitching also, but he was hitting close to .300 when injured.


September 3rd, 2012
6:27 pm

@CG I dont recall the bloggers wanting Grienke for that price tag! I know for sure I wouldn’t have done that. You are right, we did have mistakes but the amount of times we were right outweigh the mistakes!

Deb Murphy

September 3rd, 2012
7:02 pm

Why not replace Hanson with Delgado like starting tomorrow. Hanson has had three horrible starts in row which Braves can’t afford at this time of year trying to catch Nats or make playoffs &not collapse again! Hanson also struggled most of year but was beneficiary of ton of run support while Delgado only 22 practicaly got no run support yet always seemed to give Braves a chance! If still goes with Hanson to start hopefully will pull him before he puts team in 5+ run hole!!


September 3rd, 2012
7:10 pm

@6:27pm………”we did have mistakes but the amount of time we were right outweigh the mistakes!
Not by my count,…….sorry.

I’m not an expert manager(or would-be manager), but I would rather see Delgado(or anyone else) get the start, over Hanson.
I hope Hanson proves me wrong, though.
go braves

Furman Bitcher

September 3rd, 2012
7:27 pm

Ernesto Mejia’s numbers. Why isnt this guy on the bench????

GWN INT .296 133 514 73 152 32 1 24 92 258 34 132 10 4 .347


September 3rd, 2012
8:06 pm

Fredi is probably scared to bench anyone else after Uggla’s reaction. I would have a short leash on Hanson tomorrow with the depth in the bullpen.


September 3rd, 2012
8:41 pm

Boscan allows Fredi to use McCann or Ross as a pinch-hitter, and not have to worry if the other gets injured later in the game.

Amber Girl

September 3rd, 2012
8:56 pm

School tomorrow. YUCK! so homework and sleepy time in Dallas Texas. So goodnite everyone, See you soon. Luv Y’all XOXOXOXO Go Braves!!!

lee maye

September 3rd, 2012
10:02 pm

Fredi will probably allow Hanson to give up about 4 or 5 runs before he pulls him tomorrow. He has plenty of guys in the pen, but that is what he does. Like Saturday, allowing Mahom to bat with a 4-1 deficit and runners on. Then, the next inning, the score is quickly 7-1.

No reason at all to allow any pitcher to give up 4-5 runs with expanded rosters. Heck, he now has 11 relievers: Gearin, Teheran, Delgado, Moylan, 50 yr old Bautista, Avilan, Durbin, Martinez, Kimbrel, O’ Flaherty; Venters.

Say Goodbye to JJ. He wasn’t brought up.


September 3rd, 2012
11:48 pm



September 4th, 2012
1:14 am

@ButterMilk Tuesdays

If you actually watched the games, you would know that both of our catchers are hurting right now. We have to have a 3rd catcher. Boscan is a veteran and a very good catcher, even if he is not a great hitter. He is needed insurance.


September 4th, 2012
2:38 am

I can very much understand Boscan, I can agree with Gearin and Delgado, with the starters we have going now. Hanson is very iffy, so Delgado may slide in there. I have no problem with the Gearin in the pen, but Teheran, what is he up for? Is it a reward for his year? I hope not it was pretty bad.

We need a bench now and in the playoffs. You could open up the 40 man roster by moving Beachy to the 60 – DL. I would like to see what some of these guys could do with ML pitching. I really hate to enter the playoffs with a bench of Janish (great defensive replacement) Ross ( another excellent back-up/bench) Hinski ( his days are done & no defense) Uggla (what can one say) Fransisco (potential stick) Johnson (best pick-up) and Baker (250 lifetime hitter) . Two of those guys probably need replacing, if not 3 of them. Baker, Hinski, and Uggla. Yea I left Overbay off on purpose. I guess FW idea here is for him to replace Hinski if he can hit at all.

Janish will be your back-up middle infielder, Fransisco back-up 3B, Overbay back-up 1B, Ross back-up C. Who is your #4 Of’er behind Johnson, Bourn and Heyward? Remember Prado is at 2B. Do you use Uggla at 2B and let Prado play LF if needed? Do you keep Constanza as 4th OFer? I didn’t really want to put Uggla back out there, do you? That is a pretty weak hitting bench in the playoffs. Remember Ross can’t pinch hit. He is the back-up catcher and if McCann got hurt we would n’t have a catcher. That leaves Janish and Uggla, not very capiable PHers. Constanza well I like him for his speed but he hasn’t shown me much, except for 3 weeks last year. That only leaves 2 lefties off the bench, Overbay and Fransisco. Not promising, especially if the pitcher is a lefty!!!

Yea we need to see what some of these guys from AAA and AA can do!!! The Braves need some bench players that can hit singles, doubles power, who cares just deliver a hit!!!!


September 4th, 2012
3:07 am

Teheran is here because he is the top pitching prospect in the organization and he throws it 100 mph with a lot of movement.

My problem is why isn’t Mejia here? Why isn’t Durango here? Why isn’t Parraz here?

ButterMilk Tuesdays

September 4th, 2012
4:25 am

Casey: “If you actually watched the games, you would know that both of our catchers are hurting right now. We have to have a 3rd catcher. Boscan is a veteran and a very good catcher, even if he is not a great hitter. He is needed insurance.”

First of all, I know that both McCann and Ross are injured. Ross’ recent at-bats have clearly displayed that he’s dealing with some serious discomfort. Second, I think you may have misread my post… or you don’t know who Evan Gattis is. I’m not questioning the move to have a third catcher, I’m questioning who they called up to fill that spot.

No Flag Since Lemke

September 4th, 2012
8:51 am

The good news is Hanson’s mound opponent tonight is 1-8 with a 5.13 ERA (albeit a lefty). So it probably comes down to a battle of bullpens which we usually win.


September 4th, 2012
1:21 pm

No probably won’t be a battle of the bullpens. He’s a lefty and he will probably no hit atl. i also agree that Hanson should not be in there. I just cringe every time starts his windup.

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