Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett Braves starting pitcher Todd Redmond (34) delivers a pitch to a batter from the Charlotte Knights at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville on Saturday.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Todd Redmond's first major league stay proved to be a short one.
Promoted on Sunday, the right-hander was sent back to Gwinnett by Atlanta on Wednesday after the Braves' 9-5 victory over the Yankees in New York.
Redmond, who didn't pitch in his four days with Atlanta, will likely be pressed into immediate duty with the G-Braves.
Coming off a shutout of Columbus last Friday, Redmond is manager Dave Brundage's tentative starter for today's 12:05 p.m. series finale against Indianapolis at Coolray Field.
"I happy that he was called up and I hope he gets to go back," Brundage said.
But right now, Redmond is very much needed in the Gwinnett rotation with Jair Jurrjens moving up to start for Atlanta on Friday in Boston.
Redmond was called up for potential use in a taxed Atlanta bullpen when starter Brandon Beachy went on the disabled list Sunday. Beachy, who was leading major league starters with a 2.00 ERA, will have Tommy John elbow surgery today.
Redmond wasn't needed last Sunday against Baltimore at Turner Field or in the three games at Yankee Stadium. But that won't be the case in his return to Gwinnett.
The 27-year-old Florida native is 6-4 with a 3.20 ERA in his fourth season with the G-Braves and is the team's all-time career leader in victories. He limited Columbus to four hits over seven scoreless innings in the first game of a doubleheader in his past start with Gwinnett.
The G-Braves pitching staff also got a boost Wednesday when former major leaguer D.J. Carrasco joined the team after being signed by Atlanta.
Carrasco, 35, pitched in four games for the New York Mets and two with Buffalo early this season. The right-hander has pitched for five major league teams and has a 24-21 career record with two saves and a 4.50 ERA.