Braves' relief supply low as Moylan goes on DL, awaits second opinion
The relief the Atlanta Braves were hoping to rely upon now needs some help himself.
Peter Moylan won't be stepping in as the Braves' closer while Rafael Soriano is on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow. Instead, Moylan also was placed on the DL Tuesday afternoon, and his outlook actually might be more troublesome than Soriano's.
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Moylan experienced discomfort in his right elbow Friday while pitching in the ninth against the Washington Nationals. The original diagnosis was a strained elbow, and he went for an MRI exam on Monday.
The results haven't been released yet, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Moylan, who had swelling in the elbow on Saturday, is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on Wednesday for a second opinion.
That in and of itself is troubling. In the meantime, the Braves recalled right-hander Buddy Carlyle from Triple-A Richmond. Carlyle was supposed to be Saturday's starter in case Tom Glavine's hamstring is not ready for game action. However, with Moylan and Soriano out, Carlyle might be providing some bullpen help.
"We'll just mix it up, do the best we can to sneak it through until Soriano gets back," Braves manager Bobby Cox said in the Journal-Constitution.
Soriano will not be back before April 22, so the Braves had been prepared to lean on Moylan. With Moylan out, the Braves will turn to Manny Acosta, who has just 26 career appearances, Blaine Boyer and left-hander Will Ohman.
"When you lose guys of that caliber, you absolutely feel some sort of pressure to pick up the slack," Ohman said in the Journal-Constitution. "But I think with the pieces we have, that we can do it. I don't think it's going to be an issue."