ATLANTA -- Having tried out veteran Livan Hernandez and rookie Cory Gearrin, the Braves have settled on Anthony Varvaro as the seventh member of their bullpen during the last couple weeks.
Since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on June 13, Varvaro has appeared in four games. The right-hander has pitched 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight batters and walking four. But until Tuesday night against the D-backs, he had not put together a scoreless outing. Varvaro got the final three outs of the Braves' 8-1 victory, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he has quickly grown to trust Varvaro to get outs.
"You see a guy that you've got more confidence in, 'Here it is, go pitch,'" Gonzalez said. "I see a guy that you feel comfortable with using him in situations."