Put to work early, Gearrin impresses since callup

Put to work early, Gearrin impresses since callup

Put to work early, Gearrin impresses since callup
ATLANTA -- With rain delays guaranteeing plenty of need for the Braves' bullpen against the Marlins, Cory Gearrin got immediate work in his first three days back from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The right-hander with the submarine delivery worked in each of the final three games of the four-game series with the Marlins, and pitched four scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking none and striking out four.

"He looked like a different guy," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was nice to see those three outings. We hope that continues. He would be a big piece for us."

Gearrin had been promoted twice previously by the Braves this season. But he didn't get into a game the first time, and appeared in just two during the second callup.

"I'm definitely more comfortable," said Gearrin, who pitched in 18 games with the Braves last season. "It felt really good coming back this time, and it was good to hit the ground running. I prefer the work. It's a lot better than sitting around and waiting."

Gearrin, 26, had to skip the Triple-A All-Star Game and missed almost three weeks with what was called upper biceps tendinitis. But he had pitched five times for Gwinnett since coming off the disabled list, and continued his fine Minor League work.

"A few days rest took care of it," Gearrin said of the soreness he had been experiencing.

Gearrin was 3-1 with eight saves and a 1.27 ERA in 33 games for the G-Braves. He had 57 strikeouts to 17 walks in 49 2/3 innings, and had limited Triple-A opponents to a .191 average.