After losing two games over the weekend to Arizona, the Braves now travel to Colorado to take on the Rockies. Mile High is known for not being a pitcher friendly town and many runs usually hit the board at Coors Field so tread lightly pitchers.
Braves manager, Fredi Gonzalez, seems to be growing less and less confident with his bullpen staff and during his press conference after Sunday afternoon’s game he continued to bring up Jordan Walden‘s name.
“If Walden is here, he’s pitching the 8th inning for the most part.”
Walden threw one complete inning for the Gwinnett Braves on Sunday afternoon striking out two batters, giving up one walk and zero runs. He should be ready to return to the Braves roster very shortly probably Tuesday, if not tomorrow. Rehabbing from a hamstring injury, Jordan made two outings for Gwinnett and struck out five batters without giving up a run.
#Braves need Jordan Walden to turn the bullpen around. Since May 26th, Braves are (4-8). In that span, the pen has a 5.76 ERA & a 1.92 WHIP.
With the Braves going west, Fredi spoke to the media as though he’s looking to make a move and get Walden back as soon as he can.
“It’s always concerning…you never feel like you have enough pitching heading into Colorado so maybe we will make some adjustments to the roster, if we are capable of doing it with maybe adding another pitcher but we’ll see,” Gonzalez said. “I may lean on the starters just a little more in Colorado then any other place.”
That’s a very interesting comment from Fredi…could we have seen the last day of Dan Uggla in a Braves sweatshirt?
If Fredi is looking to add a pitcher, subtracting a bench player would be the only other option.
Braves bench players…
Gerald Laird – the backup catcher has been hitting the ball well for the Braves in 2014 and has called a good game while catching. He isn’t going anywhere.
Ryan Doumit – the backup to the backup catcher probably wouldn’t be going anywhere as Fredi likes to use Doumit off the bench.
Ramiro Pena – No, the utility man that can play anywhere for Fredi.
Uggla – Interesting…we’ve been talking about this for weeks. But it seems like if the Braves organization were going to let Uggla walk, they would have already done it by now.
Jordan Schafer – Another possibility as Jordan has struggled at the plate early in 2014. When given an opportunity, he gets on base and plays well…but it’s just that opportunity part. His defense has been lackluster but that’s probably all in playing time.
So I’m not sure…but I’m pretty sure I know what the majority of the Braves fans would say…
If it’s not Uggla, it’s going to be all about options for players and who’s able to go back down to Gwinnett. David O’Brien talked further with Fredi after the presser…
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) June 9, 2014
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