Atlanta Braves reliever Jordan Walden has been unavailable for over the past week due to a lingering groin injury. Walden's condition has improved of late, and the late-inning arm is hoping to be available out of the Braves' bullpen as soon as today, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Walden suffered his injury on Aug. 21 following his most recent appearance. After logging two perfect innings against the New York Mets, Walden experienced tightness in his groin while jogging prior to the team's next game in St. Louis.
The injury has lingered longer than expected, and while Walden hasn't been available the Braves have decided not to place him on the disabled list. It appears that he'll be able to return without requiring a stint on the shelf, as he told reporters that he's hoping to be back and active as soon as today's weekend opener against the Miami Marlins.
The Braves have dealt with several injuries to their bullpen this season, including a few involving Walden. Still, when the right-hander has been healthy enough to pitch he's been extremely productive for Atlanta. Over 46 appearances, the 25-year-old has posted an ERA and WHIP of 2.47 and 1.008 with a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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