If Jo-Jo Reyes can keep pitching like he did in Friday's rehab outing, the Gwinnett rotation will get a major boost.
The left-hander was activated by Atlanta on Sunday and optioned to the G-Braves, where he will build up his pitch count to be a possible starter-in-waiting for the major league team.
With Jair Jurrjens likely out until late June with a hamstring tear, Kris Medlen has moved into the Atlanta rotation from the bullpen. But if something else would happen, the Braves need insurance.
Other than Chris Resop, the G-Braves' rotation hasn't fared all that consistently well so far this season.
James Parr didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning Sunday at Coolray Field, but ended up falling to 2-4 with a 3-1 loss to Lehigh Valley.
Parr allowed five hits and three runs in six innings, the biggest blow for the IronPigs a homer by Dewayne Wise. The right-hander walked three – all in the second inning – and struck out two.
Mitch Jones supplied the G-Braves' only run with a homer in the eighth inning. Gwinnett had gone 11 games without a long ball since Jones connected against Pawtucket on May 1 for a homer in three straight games.
Jones, who hit 35 homers for Albuquerque in the Pacific Coast League to lead Class AAA, has a modest five homers to top the G-Braves.
A sixth homer would have given Gwinnett a walk-off victory. But Jones lined out to left field with runners on second the third and two out in the ninth inning as Lehigh Valley salvaged a win in the third game of the four-game series.
The teams conclude the set tonight, with Columbus then following the Iron Pigs into Coolray Field for four games.
J.C. Boscan and Luis Bolivar each had two hits, and Gregor Blanco had a double and three walks. But the G-Braves left 13 runners on base and were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
A victory would have lifted Gwinnett back to .500. Instead, the G-Braves fell to 17-19. Lehigh Valley is 14-22.
Reyes made Atlanta's opening day roster as a reliever, but hyperextend his right knee backing up home plate in San Diego on April 12 as he was charged with 10 hits and nine runs in 3 1/3 innings.
But he was sharp in his first rehab outing for the G-Braves on Friday against Lehigh Valley. He pitched the first two innings of the 3-0 victory, allowing one hit and walking none while fanning two.
"He needs to keep going," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "We'll use him as a starter (in Gwinnett)."