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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Braves reliever Cory Gearrin exits game with elbow sprain


By on 3/26/2014 12:15:00 AM

The shocks keep coming for the Atlanta Braves pitching staff, with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin's sprained elbow the latest jolt. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Gearrin left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game with the Tigers in the middle of an at-bat, after throwing two wild pitches. 
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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