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.