Braves reliever Jordan Walden’s groin was still sore when he tested it during an aborted side session in the bullpen Monday, and the Braves might have to do without the hard-throwing setup man for perhaps another week.
“He threw a bullpen today, about five pitches, and it wasn’t good,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “So we’re still waiting. Hopefully he can bounce back in another week or so, five days. I’m not sure where we’re at as far as (time).”
Walden has a 2.47 ERA in 47 appearances, and ranks third among Braves relievers in strikeouts with 52 in 43-2/3 innings. He has pitched in only three games since Aug. 10, and none since Aug. 21.
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.