Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) removes relief pitcher Jordan Walden (52) from the game after Walden is hit by a line drive off his pitching hand against the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Turner Field on Aug. 10, 2013. The Marlins defeated the Braves 1-0.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez plans to lay off set-up man Jordan Walden for a couple more days while he rests his sore right hand, but the Braves know they avoided a much more serious problem after he was hit by a line drive on Saturday night.
X-rays taken on Walden’s pitching hand after the game were negative; now it’s just a matter of getting the swelling down.
“It’s just a bruise,” said Walden, whose hand is swollen at the base of his palm near his thumb. “It’s calmed down a lot today. Once this goes down, I’ll be good. Hopefully a couple of days.”
Walden is the primary right-handed set-up man to Craig Kimbrel. He gave up the losing run on a wild pitch in a 1-0 loss Saturday night, but overall has a 1.35 ERA over his past 29 outings, with 31 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.
The Braves haven’t been able to acquire the ace they might have wanted for the top of their rotation, but they secured the depth they needed Monday with the signing of free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd.
One week after the Braves were eliminated by the Dodgers in a four-game division series, Braves general manager Frank Wren met with the team’s beat writers and discussed the 2013 season and the team’s needs going into the offseason.