I felt good out there, hamstring felt good. I didn't have any issues with it again, so that was a positive," said Walden [after the game], "I walked the first guy and I wasn't very happy with that. I didn't feel like the command was there, but I battled through and got a couple strikeouts."Prior to his injury, Walden made 14 appearances, allowing four runs (ERA 2.92), striking out 19 and walking six. At Gwinnett, Walden threw 23 pitches (14 strikes), walking none, striking out three, but issuing a wild pitch and allowing a two-run homer. Walden admitted he had played through pain since Spring Training. Ben Ingram, Atlanta Braves Correspondent for MLB Network, tweeted,
#Braves need Jordan Walden to turn the bullpen around. Since May 26th, Braves are (4-8). In that span, the pen has a 5.76 ERA & a 1.92 WHIP.
— Ben Ingram (@IngramRadio) June 9, 2014
Walden, 26, has a career record of 12-11 and ERA of 3.16 in 187 relief appearances over five seasons. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2006 (12th round) and made his major league debut on April 2, 2010. In November 2012, the Angels traded him to the Atlanta Braves for Tommy Hanson, a trade that stirred interest because Atlanta traded a 26-year-old, apparently healthy starter for a setup reliever. It proved to be a wise trade, however, as Walden was outstanding, while Hanson had a poor year for the Angels, was non-tendered at the end of the 2013 season, was signed by the Texas Rangers and released a month later, and is now on a minor-league contract with the White Sox.
Walden is in his first year of arbitrarion ($1.49 million) and under team control through 2016.
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