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Postby Freebird27 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:14 pm

With the new that Soriano is yet again dealing with elbow pain....what the feel on who would step in. Mike Gonzalez is to on the mend so will it be Morlan by default if (think the question is more when) Soriano gets shut down.
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Re: Braves closer situation

Postby MadDog36 » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:03 pm

Moylan is also experiencing some elbow discomfort, but these things are minor. That's part of Spring training. In fact Moylan had such pain last year getting started. Your muscles and everything aren't used to heavy workout and strain even if you do stay busy in the offseason and oyu get litle nagging injuries. They both are expected to go out very soon and start pitching again. Do not worry so much. If your wondering who the closer would be: It would be CBC unfortunately. The guys with great stuff are Ohman, Acosta and maybe Boyer. The Braves have a lightning armed young bullpen arm but he's just too young to consider. Its possible Jurrjens could get a look there if things get to desperate.

But for right now you shouldn't worry about it.

Read this:

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Many of the concerns the Braves might have had about their top two relievers' elbows were seemingly reduced on Friday morning at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
One positive development for the Braves came when closer Rafael Soriano completed a 32-pitch bullpen session while feeling minimized discomfort in his right elbow. Soriano was encouraged enough to predict he could make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday or Wednesday.

"It feels better today than yesterday, and yesterday all I did was play catch," said Soriano, who began feeling some discomfort above his elbow last week. "Today, it was just a little bit sore, but not the same."

As for top setup man Peter Moylan, he said the elbow discomfort that prevented him from making his scheduled appearance against the Tigers on Thursday is similar to what he felt during Spring Training last year and midway through the 2007 regular season.

Moylan didn't miss any time last year and is confident that he could pitch in a game on either Monday or Tuesday. The Australian right-hander said he first felt the discomfort after completing a scoreless inning against the Dodgers on Feb. 29.

"We figured instead of letting it be one of those injuries that keeps coming back and coming back, we'd just knock it out now," Moylan said. "It wasn't really an injury. It was more of an annoyance than anything."

Like Moylan, Soriano felt he simply needed to rest his elbow when it began flaring up last week. After playing long toss the past few days, he arrived at the stadium on Friday and convinced the medical staff to let him complete this bullpen session, which consisted primarily of fastballs.

"Today, I asked them to let me throw and everything was good," Soriano said.
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