Rhea County's Cory Gearrin to start 2012 in Triple-A
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WRCB) – Despite a standout spring, former Rhea County standout Cory Gearrin will not open the 2012 season on Atlanta's big league roster.
The right-handed reliever was the final pitcher trimmed from the Braves' bullpen on Monday as the team began finalizing its opening day roster.
After a season-ending injury to highly-touted prospect Adroys Vizcaino, Gearrin spent the final two weeks of spring training battling Yohan Flande for the final spot in the pen.
Flande, a left-handed specialist, was given the nod after surrendering just one earned run in eight spring appearances. He walked eight and struck out eight while giving up eight hits in 12.1 innings en route to a scant 0.73 earned run average.
Gearrin appeared in a team-high 11 games this spring, but saw his ERA rise after back-to-back rough outings last week. The sidearmer gave up two earned runs against each the Mets and Nationals, which turned out to be the only earned runs he surrendered this spring.
He finished with a 3.09 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.
Gearrin was one of 14 players trimmed from the Braves' roster as the team broke camp Monday afternoon. Starter Julio Teheran joined Gearrin in being optioned to Triple-A after being beaten out by Randall Delgado for the fifth starter spot in Atlanta's rotation.
Despite a rough spring, highly-touted prospect Tyler Pastornicky will start the season as the Braves' starting shortstop. His primary competition, fellow prospect Andrelton Simmons, was reassigned to minor league camp.
Joining Simmons in there will be catchers J.C. Boscan and Jose Yepez, along with infielders Drew Sutton and Josh Wilson and outfielders Luis Durango and Jordan Parraz.
Atlanta now has 26 active players remaining on its Major League roster, but the official Opening Day roster will not be announced until Tuesday.
The Braves visit the Mets to open the 2012 season at 1:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 4.
Hudson has first outing of spring for Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Tim Hudson made his first appearance of the spring, allowing an infield single over two innings for the Atlanta Braves in an 8-2 loss to the New York Mets.
Ruben Tejada hit a three-run homer and Bobby Parnell allowed two hits over three innings for New York.
Hudson went 16-10 with a 3.23 ERA last season, but had back surgery during the offseason and isn't expected back until May. He said he felt fine after his two innings and could have gone further.
The Mets scored four runs in the ninth, two on bases loaded walks to Rafael Fernandez and Richard Lucas. Rather than having a starter face an NL East rival, Parnell, who made 60 relief appearances year, started for the Mets.
Freddie Freeman and Jordan Parraz homered for the Braves, while Brandon Beachy allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings.
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