The Atlanta Braves are scorching hot at the moment, especially after a dominant bullpen performance helped to lead them to a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night. However, the bullpen should receive even another shot in the arm on Wednesday, as the team will activate right-hander David Carpenter from the 15-day disabled list.
RHP Juan Jaime has been optioned to Gwinnett. RHP David Carpenter will be activated from the disabled list tomorrow.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 2, 2014
Carpenter’s full-season numbers (4.23 ERA, 11.39 K/9, 2.60 BB/9) are certainly not disastrous, but the 28-year-old struggled mightily before hitting the DL with a bicep issue, and will be encouraging to see him back on the Major League mound. He was dominant in his final rehab outing, striking out all three batters that he faced, but in addition to that, the peripherals (2.70 FIP, 3.25 xFIP, .452 BABIP allowed) indicate that he has been tremendously unlucky this season, and that could turn around in a hurry.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution unearthed these comments from Carpenter:
“Back to normal, feeling good. The big thing is to be able to go out and execute, not have that in the back of your mind – is it going to flare up or something? I did the necessary steps to have it taken care of, and we’re good to go.”
“I’m just excited to be back up here and see if I can help out.”
Juan Jaime, who has been the yo-yo between Gwinnett and Atlanta in recent days, will give up his roster spot for David Carpenter, but with all due respect to the youngster, that is likely a significant upgrade. It could be intriguing to see how Fredi Gonzalez elects to use his set-up men with a healthy Carpenter and Jordan Walden to go with the red-hot Shae Simmons, but too many arms is never an issue.