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Gearrin to boost Braves depleted bullpen

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

After sending out seven different relievers 11 times for 131⁄3 innings over the past three games in Los Angeles, the Atlanta Braves needed a fresh arm to bolster their bullpen with six games left on the current West Coast trip.

They found that arm, in Gwinnett’s Cory Gearrin.

The Braves officially added the right-handed reliever to their active roster Friday, the first day of a three-game series in San Francisco. They optioned outfielder Matt Young to Gwinnett to open up the roster spot.

This is the first big-league opportunity for the 25-year-old, who just celebrated his birthday last week.

With one exception, Gearrin had turned in solid outings with the G-Braves to this point in the season. In six appearances, he is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA but he’s allowed runs in just two of his outings. He last pitched Wednesday at Norfolk, allowing just two hits and no runs over 22⁄3 innings, striking out two. His lone struggle came April 12 at Coolray Field also against Norfolk, when he allowed two runs off one hit and three walks in just a one inning appearance. He has only walked four batters on the year.

Gearin spent all of last season with the G-Braves, going 3-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 52 appearances.

Matt Young joins Gwinnett hitting just .105, but he’s only had 19 at-bats and he’s walked twice and struck out just two times. He hit .300 in his full season with the G-Braves a year ago and broke camp with Atlanta after a spring where he hit .255. He’s been used mostly as a defensive replacement in Atlanta, playing every outfield position at some point this season and has yet to make an error.