Atlanta Braves transfer Cory Gearrin to 60-day disabled list


Mar 2, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cory Gearrin (53) throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It has been more than a week since Atlanta Braves reliever Cory Gearrin left a Spring Training appearance with an arm injury, and despite the team being less than forthcoming about his status, there is a bit of information trickling out on Friday.

Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves have shifted Gearrin from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list, and if you read between the lines, this would seem to be an assertion that he has a serious injury that could lead to Tommy John surgery. This isn’t a shocking revelation given that Frank Wren referenced “ligament involvement” regarding Gearrin’s right elbow, but the timeline is strangely delayed, and the lack of information is a bit puzzling.

It is probably a safe assumption at this point that we won’t see the soon to be 28-year-old Gearrin in the bullpen at all this season, and while his absence is certainly a manageable one for Fredi Gonzalez and company, the team is now void of a right-handed “specialist” in the middle innings. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.