ATLANTA The return of Jordan Walden gives the Braves' bullpen a much-needed boost, but not to the number of relievers available.
Atlanta activated the right-hander from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Cory Rasmus to Triple-A Gwinnett, keeping the bullpen at six men, but it's a scaled down approach that manager Fredi Gonzalez says he's comfortable with.
"The only time you feel uncomfortable with it is when it's late in the game and you have those extra inning possibilities and you've got one guy down there or two guys down there," he said. "but other than that it's been very, very manageable with a six-man bullpen."
With Walden back in the fold, he brings some stability to a group setting the stage for Craig Kimbrel that is thin without Eric O'Flaherty, who had Tommy John surgery on May 21, and saw Jonny Venters have the procedure a second time on May 16.
Luis Avilan, David Carpenter, Cory Gearrin, the now departed Rasmus and Anthony Varvaro were perfect during the team's ...