LAWRENCEVILLE - Nothing Wes Timmons could invent gave his thumb relief when he batted.
So, the G-Braves infielder tried to hit with nothing but his hands, broken or not. The result was a 2-for-5 showing Sunday, including an RBI and, most importantly, no pain.
"It was surprisingly way better," said Timmons, who is trying to play with a broken bone in his thumb. "I don't know how else to put it.
"We were trying to get creative with it, but never found anything that I could use or play with that wasn't creating more pain."
Timmons' two hits helped extend his on-base streak to 41 games, but the hits came in his last two at-bats. He started 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.
"I am not even close to what I was 20 days ago," Timmons said, noting his early at-bats. "My fifth at-bat, it started to come back. I am not locked in yet,"
Timmons still leads the International League with a .434 on-base percentage and his .294 batting average is second best on the G-Braves. He also gives Gwinnett another glove in a thin infield.
"I can help the team," he said. "That is what I am looking for."
Carlyle a G-Brave
The day Gwinnett ended its last homestand and hit the road for Columbus, Ohio, the team's bullpen got a boost with the full-time addition of Buddy Carlyle.
The relief pitcher had been with the team on a major-league rehab assignment as he tried to work his way back following a diabetes diagnosis earlier this season.
Despite strong outings with Gwinnett, Atlanta optioned the right-hander to the Class AAA team when his rehab ended.
"Buddy knows the game of baseball," manager Dave Brundage said. "He is a very good professional baseball player and he understands there is no room for bitterness, no room for resentment."
Carlyle has not allowed a run in 62/3 innings with Gwinnett. In his one start since he was optioned to Gwinnett, he threw 12/3 innings, struck out three and allowed just one hit.
Along with the addition of Carlyle, the G-Braves sent Stephen Marek back to Class AA Mississippi. Marek has not played for Gwinnett since he was put on the disabled list July 23.
Pitchers James Parr (strained oblique) and Francisley Bueno (chest) also went on the DL during the road trip.