Braves Recall Luis Ayala From Triple-A Gwinnett

Atlanta Braves

Luis Ayala has been called up to replace Cory Gearrin

The Atlanta Braves have recalled reliever Luis Ayala to the big club to replace Corey Gearrin, who they optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett last night.

Ayala hasn’t pitched in the majors since April when he was placed on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder.  Ayala’s condition was related to high blood pressure.

Ayala has been rehabbing at Triple-A Gwinnett where he gave up six earned runs in 8 1/3 innings pitched over eight appearances.  He pitched a scoreless inning against Norfolk on Wednesday and threw the ball well.

In five April games Ayala had a 3.86 ERA.

Ayala has pitched nine seasons in the major leagues compiling a solid 3.38 ERA.  He’s a pitcher who throws strikes, averaging only 2.2 walks per nine innings.

He doesn’t fit the typical Braves bullpen mold as he has only averaged six strikeouts per nine innings and is not a hard thrower.  But he’s a ground ball pitcher who can be valuable coming in with men on base when a double play is needed.

  • Lee

    Jim…thanks for the info on Ayala. As we move into the second half, I am becoming more and more concerned about the pitching. Although they all have moments of great control, they are also having too many inconsistent moments of hanging the ball up & across the middle of the plate. Although Teheran had a few strikeouts last evening, he had to work hard for them, and just wasn’t as sharp as usual. If they do win their division, inconsistent pitching will eliminate them quickly against the big bats of most potential winners in the other divisions.