Braves activate Moylan from disabled list

Braves activate Moylan from disabled list

Braves activate Moylan from disabled list
ATLANTA -- It was pretty apparent how excited reliever Peter Moylan was about returning to the Braves Sunday morning.

"I don't know if you saw my first tweet this morning, but it was about 7:30," Moylan said. "I haven't woken up at 7:30 on my own in a long time. Take that for what you will. Maybe it's excitement, maybe it's nerves, I don't know."

The right-hander was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, and manager Fredi Gonzalez said the reliever was available for the Braves' finale with the Dodgers.

"We would rather not, but if all the sudden we get in one of those normal Atlanta Braves games -- 14 innings -- we could use him, because he's gone back to back," Gonzalez said.

Moylan, who has been out the last four months after undergoing back surgery on May 17, has spent the last two weeks on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett. He threw six innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts.

"It was a good opportunity to go down there and work on some things," Moylan said. "I hadn't thrown off the mound since April, so it was fun."

Moylan was quick to point out that he's not yet part of the Braves' already impressive trio of relievers in Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel. After all, the righty hasn't been on the mound in a Braves uniform since April 14.

"I'm not part of that yet," he said. "Let's not jump the gun. Those guys have been outstanding all year. I've just got to come in there and try to fit in any way I can."

Gonzalez said he would like to work Moylan back slowly, but realizes it may not happen exactly the way he wants it to.

"You pick a nice spot for him, but you know how this game of baseball is," he said. "It'll be bases loaded in the 12th and you say, 'Go get 'em, Peter!'"

So, until then, Moylan will bide his time in the bullpen, almost like he's a rookie all over again.

"It'll probably be like when I first came up," Moylan said. "I'll sit out there, and whenever the phone rings I'll think it's going to be me. It's not, and I'll settle down a bit more and get ready for the next one."