Veteran Minor Leaguer Redmond gets the call

Veteran Minor Leaguer Redmond gets the call

Veteran Minor Leaguer Redmond gets the call
ATLANTA -- A few hours after getting the word that he was finally being called up to the Majors, Todd Redmond received a call from his older brother, Troy.

"Way to trump my Father's Day gift," Troy Redmond said.

Redmond's parents are in town for the weekend, so the family got to share the moment as the pitcher joined the Braves after spending parts of eight seasons in the Minors.

"It seems unreal," Redmond said. "I've been waiting a long time for this."

The right-hander will give the Braves an extra arm in the bullpen, although he has always been a starter in the Minors.

"I'm obviously up for whatever they need," he said.

Redmond, who turned 27 on May 17, went 6-4 with Triple-A Gwinnett and threw a seven-inning shutout against Columbus in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, allowing four hits. He had a 3.20 ERA in 13 starts, with 67 strikeouts against 19 walks in 76 innings.

Redmond, who was in his fourth season with Gwinnett, is the G-Braves' all-time leader in wins, with 34. He came to the Braves in a trade with the Pirates prior to the 2008 season and went 13-5 that year with Double-A Mississippi en route to being named the top pitcher in the Southern League.

The native of Florida took a call from Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage on his way home after Saturday's game and returned to the ballpark in suburban Atlanta to pick up his gear.

"I tried to get some sleep, but it wasn't easy," he said.