This close to the end of camp, I didn't really want to do anything crazy [Gearrin said]… The last two [pitches] I threw, I knew it was definitely feeling a little bit tender. I didn't want to keep trying to pitch through it.According to O'Brien, Gearrin had been penciled in for a bullpen slot but is now unlikely to make the Opening Day roster.
Gearrin is entering his age 28 season and is out of minor-league options. In 37 appearances for the Braves in 2013, he pitched to a 3.77 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 16 walks. On July 5 he was sent to Triple-A, and shortly thereafter was shut down for the season with right shoulder tendinitis. At this point, the Braves don't have any obvious candidate to replace Gearrin. They could bring up a pitcher who was already sent down (i.e., a reliever who didn't cut it in spring training); or hunt around for a trade, a waiver pickup, or a pitcher who was released by another team.
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