Braves giving Proctor time to build strength

Braves giving Proctor time to build strength

ATLANTA -- When Scott Proctor posted an 11.25 ERA in the eight appearances he made for Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this year, it was obvious that he wasn't ready to return from the Tommy John surgery that he underwent on May 8, 2009.

In fact, the veteran reliever and the Braves determined that he needed to start his preseason preparations from scratch. He has spent the past month at the organization's Spring Training facility attempting to strengthen his arm and find some consistency with his delivery.

"We were very encouraged with what we saw out of Scott in Spring Training," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "Once he got into a regular workload with Gwinnett, it was apparent that he needed more time. Rather than doing it haphazardly by starting the program in the middle, we went back to the start to make sure it's a progression we can continue to build off of."

Proctor has been throwing batting practice on a regular basis and was scheduled to complete a simulated appearance on Wednesday afternoon.

Wren said the club hasn't determined when Proctor will begin making his rise through the Minor League system. But it's apparent the club remains hopeful that he will be able to join the Atlanta bullpen at some point this season.

"I think the advantage for him and for us is we're not pressed to need him right now," Wren said. "So we can give him the time to feel comfortable about the process."