ATLANTA -- Reliever George Sherrill has spent the last few weeks trying to fight past some inflammation in his left elbow. But with a comfortable lead in the National League Wild Card standings, the club opted to place him on the disabled list in order to have him available for late September and a likely postseason appearance.
"Today's not as important as being ready later," general manager Frank Wren said. "He just needs to rest it and get over it so we can have him in the second half of September and, hopefully, the postseason."
Manager Fredi Gonzalez had been giving Sherrill a few days off between appearances in an attempt to alleviate some of the inflammation, but the discomfort proved to be too much after the lefty pitched one-third of an inning last Friday in New York.
"He came back after a couple of days and said, 'You know, it doesn't feel good,'" Gonzalez said. "Why keep trying to do that when we can give him an opportunity to get him rested and get him well?"
It made sense for the Braves to place Sherrill on the DL thanks to the three off-days they received because of Hurricane Irene and Monday's scheduled off-day. The DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 27, so Sherrill can return to the Braves on Sept. 11.
"It was almost just better to put him on the DL [and] treat him," Gonzalez said. "He's already got five days in."