The reaction was enough for us all to jump to conclusions. It had to be a tear. It wasn't a simple strain. It didn't cramp up. Luis Avilan had to have tore his hamstring. When he was help off the field, our initial thoughts were solidified. When he was carted off, our fears were confirmed. There has not been an official diagnosis yet, but it seems clear that Avilan's injury is serious.
According to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Yohan Flande will be the likely call up for the Braves if Avilan is forced to the disabled list. While Cunningham didn't want to come out and say it, it seems clear that Avilan will have to miss significant time.
Avilan is a young reliever that helps make up the core of what is fast becoming one of baseball's best bullpens. The 23-year old righty has a microscopic 1.80 ERA in 35 career games between 2012 and last night. He had appeared in four games this season prior to last night without allowing a run. However, the one hit he allowed last night before the injury came around to score. So make that one run in five games this season. Avilan is proving himself as more than a competent setup man.
He was pitching in the ninth inning of a game the Braves would go on to win when the injury occurred. Craig Kimbral was supposed to have the night off, but he came in to finish things off when Avilan went down.
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