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MLB Injury News:
Atlanta Braves right-handed reliever Jordan Walden has been sidelined by a groin injury. It appeared that the late-inning arm was close to rejoining the Braves' bullpen, but the timing of his return is now in question after he suffered a setback during yesterday's bullpen session, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
After throwing five pitches during yesterday's bullpen, Walden knew that he would have to cut the session short. He was experiencing discomfort from his lingering groin injury, and manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated that the team will resume taking a wait-and-see approach with Walden.
"When you're dealing with legs and groins and that kind
of stuff, you just have to wait and see and go from there," manager Fredi
Gonzalez said on Tuesday. "I'm still optimistic that he'll get it cranked
up again in the next week or so. Hopefully, anyway, because that's a big piece
in our bullpen."
Walden has been out due to the groin ailment since Aug. 21. He developed discomfort while jogging prior to the team's next game, and the Braves have since been relying on fellow setup man Luis Avilan and other relievers to bridge the gap to closer Craig Kimbrel.
Atlanta sorely misses Walden's presence, but considering their cushion in the National League East they can give him time to recover. Atlanta has added Freddy Garcia and Kameron Loe as long relievers now that rosters have expanded, so their presence provides the Braves with more options out of the bullpen to help fill in for Walden.
Gonzalez admitted that, were it a different time in the season, the setback would make Walden a candidate for the disabled list. However, considering the team has increased roster space, the DL won't be required.
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