NEW YORK -- Peter Moylan was surprised when the Braves added him to their expanded roster at the beginning of this month. But while appearing in a few clutch situations over the course of the past week, he has quickly learned that the team was not simply rewarding him for the commitment he made while coming back from major shoulder surgery.
"That's been huge for me from a confidence standpoint to know that they have the confidence in me in those situations," Moylan said. "As a relief pitcher, confidence is a huge thing. You can go a month throwing well, and as soon as you have a few bad innings in a row, you think, 'Maybe I don't have it anymore.'"
Moylan said these words Sunday morning a few hours before tossing a scoreless 10th inning to secure the Braves' 3-2 win over the Mets and provide him his first save since getting a generous called third strike against the Tigers on June 26, 2010.
"To not being able to get guys out in Triple-A to being back here in the big leagues, it's been a fun journey," Moylan said. "Let's face it, the past six years have been a fun journey. This just adds to it."
This has been quite a year for Moylan, who remained at the club's Spring Training complex through the end of July. Once he completed the rigorous rehab following shoulder surgery, he spent August working his way through the Minor League levels.
Moylan has allowed one hit and no earned runs in the 3 2/3 innings that he has pitched since rejoining Atlanta's bullpen last week. The veteran reliever might not be back to the level he was just a couple years ago when he was one of the team's top middle relievers, but he's seemingly moving in the right direction.
"I'd like to be a little more consistent with my breaking ball," Moylan said. "I think I've been successful without a good breaking ball, because I had a good one in the past and guys are still expecting me to have the same one. It's still there, but it's just not as consistent as it was."