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Atlanta adds Gearrin, sends Teheran back to G-Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 29:  Cory Gearrin (53) of the Atlanta Braves poses during Photo Day on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Cory Gearrin

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 29: Cory Gearrin (53) of the Atlanta Braves poses during Photo Day on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Cory Gearrin

The Gwinnett Braves, in conjunction with the Atlanta Braves, announced the expected transaction Monday that Julio Teheran was sent to the Gwinnett and closer Cory Gearrin was called up to the major league roster.

Teheran, 21, was recalled by the Braves on Sunday in order to make a spot start against Toronto. The reigning Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year pitched scoreless baseball over his first four innings but was tagged for four earned runs in the fifth, exiting the game after 4 1/3 innings pitched. Teheran walked one and struck out five in a no-decision, throwing 74 pitches, 48 for strikes in Atlanta’s 12-4 loss to the Blue Jays.

The defending International League Most Valuable Pitcher and Braves top prospect according to Baseball America, Teheran is 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA (15 ER in 24.0 IP) in six career Major League outings, including four starts. He returns to Gwinnett, where he is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts, this season.

Gearrin, 26, joins Atlanta for the second time this season. He was recalled by the Braves on April 24, but did not see any game action before being optioned back to Gwinnett on April 29.

The right-handed Gearrin has been the most consistent member of the G-Braves bullpen this season, going 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA and seven saves in eight chances. He ranks fourth among International League relievers in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings with a ratio of 8.82.