Jordan Walden had mixed results in his first rehab appearance for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on Thursday, suffering the loss in a 6-0 rain-shortened game against the Columbus Clippers at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.
Walden started for the G-Braves, who dropped their third in a row. And fans got to see the best and the worst of the Atlanta Braves reliever who is recovering from a hamstring injury. He struck out Jose Ramirez looking and Tyler Holt swinging. But when he struck out Adam Abraham, the third strike was a wild pitch sending Abraham to first base. Then former Atlanta Braves reserve Elliot Johnson hit a two-run home run.
Walden threw 14 strikes in his 23 pitches and his two-thirds of an inning. “I felt good until I got the runner on first base,” he said. “Then I just felt a little rusty with a runner on base. Didn’t feel comfortable and threw a pitch where I didn’t want it and Elliot hit it out.”