LAWRENCEVILLE — Corey Gearrin will have to wait a little longer to attend his first All-Star Game.
After a busy first half of the season where the reliever threw 46 innings between Class AAA Gwinnett and the big league Braves, Gearrin was removed from the Triple-A All-Star roster Saturday to give him the extra days to rest his arm. He was not immediately replaced on the roster.
It was a Braves organizational decision, according to Gearrin.
“They are giving me some time to, kind of, rest,” Gearrin said. “I pitched a lot earlier this season. I really want to make sure I am available to help not only this team, but the major league team, going into the second half.”
Gearrin last pitched June 30 for the G-Braves, a rough one inning where he allowed four runs. He said Saturday his arm feels good, but he has enjoyed the rest.
“With a lot of the workload that we've had around here it's been nice them saying to give me a little time, a little bit of a break. It's been good,” Gearrin said. “I feel pretty good. Just regular season stuff along the way. I just get this little break, it's always nice, and come back after the All-Star break.”
Gearrin pitched his way onto the International League roster going 3-1 with a 1.25 ERA in 28 appearances. He picked up seven saves over the 43 1/3 minor-league innings. In his 2 2/3 innings in the majors, Gearrin allowed one run off four hits in two appearances. A Mercer graduate and resident of Chattanooga, Gearrin said he plans to stay home over his break. International League rules do not allow a player to attend the game if they are not going to participate. And Gearrin plans to take full advantage of the time off.
“It was exciting,” Gearrin said of making his first All-Star team. “It would have been nice to be able to go up to Buffalo and be able to take part in all the stuff, but it's going to be good to be able to spend time with family and friends and that kind of stuff.”