Former reliever Meyer hired as rehab coordinator

Former reliever Meyer hired as rehab coordinator

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A little more than 10 years after trading him to the A's in the deal that brought Tim Hudson to Atlanta, the Braves have given Dan Meyer the responsibility of monitoring the progress made by many of their pitchers who are sidelined for extended periods.

Braves assistant director of player personnel Jonathan Schuerholz revealed that Meyer will serve as the club's Minor League pitching rehab coordinator -- a position that was seemingly created in response to the rash of pitching injuries the club has had to deal with over the past few seasons.

"After the offseason restructuring of our staff, we had that need for a rehab pitching coordinator for the Minor Leagues, and saw that internally we had a fantastic option in Dan Meyer," Schuerholz said. "He was a first-year pitching coach last year with a lot of promise, a lot of potential, and this is going to be one of those things that's going to help him grow as a pitching coach, as well as help the organization."

While "Minor League" is included in Meyer's title, he will also monitor all of the Major League pitchers who are sent to the club's Spring Training complex to rehab. The club opts to send some of its rehabbing players to Florida to provide its coaches and trainers with a chance to devote more time to the healthy players who have more immediate needs.

"The ultimate goal is to get guys down here under Dan's care under the same realm that we're all working together," Schuerholz said. "He's going to carry out any plan that comes from [trainer Jeff Porter] or the doctors up there. It's a little easier to be carried out down here."

Meyer became a top pitching prospect in the Braves' organization until he was traded to the A's in the December 2004 deal that brought Hudson to Atlanta. The 33-year-old former pitcher made 103 career appearances at the Major League level -- including a career-high 71 for the 2009 Marlins, who were led by current Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.