4/8/2014 11:16 P.M. ET
Gearrin elects to have Tommy John surgery
By Joe Morgan / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- After hearing three similar opinions regarding a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, Braves reliever Cory Gearrin has resigned himself to having to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Now headed toward a lengthy recovery process, Gearrin is glad he was thorough.
"So much of this recovery process is going to be psychological," Gearrin said. "I really just wanted to be 100 percent going into this -- about the operation -- and then headed into recovery as well. I feel good having gotten all the information I needed to get."
Gearrin met with Atlanta team orthopedist Dr. Xavier Duralde, Dr. James Andrews and Mets team orthopedist Dr. David Altchek. Although each visit carried some expectation of hope, Gearrin said he "kind of knew early on" that he would need surgery.
"Continuing the process to get insight was more about just making sure I covered all my bases," Gearrin said, "and I felt good about what I was doing moving forward."
The sidearmer said the MRI showed the tear was just a "one-pitch thing," and the sudden nature of the injury caught him off guard.
"I had never had any elbow issues in the past," Gearrin said. "For it to kind of happen like that is definitely surprising, but that's the way it happens sometimes."
Gearrin, who will turn 28 on Monday, has not decided who will perform his surgery or where he will undergo rehab, but he hopes to end up in Atlanta.
"I've got a locker and a parking space, so hopefully, they let me keep coming around," Gearrin said. "Any time the team's here, I would love to be here. I want to be a part of this team, a part of this winning season."
Avilan 'fine' after exiting with hamstring cramp
ATLANTA -- Braves reliever Luis Avilan is day to day after leaving Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the Mets with cramping in his left hamstring, but the southpaw believes he will be able to pitch on Wednesday night.
Avilan departed in the seventh inning while running from a shard of a broken bat on a single by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy.
"I'll be fine tomorrow," Avilan said following Tuesday's game. "I knew it was just a cramp, and I'll be perfect tomorrow. I'll be 100 percent tomorrow."
As the bat flew toward Avilan, he ducked and ran off the right side of the mound. He began limping following the play, and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled the left-hander before he could throw another pitch.
The injury was reminiscent of a left hamstring strain along with cramping that Avilan sustained during a relief appearance on April 16, 2013. He was not sidelined long, returning to the mound five days later.
"It looked way better this time," Avilan said. "It wasn't that bad last year, but at least this time, I knew what was going on."
Tuesday night's appearance against the Mets was Avilan's fourth of the season and lasted only one-third of an inning, like his previous three outings. He registered a hold in a 1-0 win over the Brewers on April 2 and earned a win in Friday's 2-1 victory over the Nationals.
Avilan gave up hits to both batters he faced on Tuesday. He had not allowed a baserunner in his first three appearances this season.
Feeling better, Gattis back in lineup vs. Mets
ATLANTA -- Braves catcher Evan Gattis returned to the lineup on Tuesday night seven pounds lighter but recovered from a stomach bug.
"It's good to eat real food again," Gattis said.
Gattis, who was scratched from Saturday night's game against the Nationals because of the illness, resumed a regular diet once the Braves returned to Atlanta on Sunday night. Behind the plate for starter Aaron Harang, Gattis was slotted seventh in the lineup against the Mets on Tuesday.
"It feels good to get over that, and it feels good to be back home," Gattis said.
Gattis was one of three Braves players to become ill last week, joining Alex Wood, who began feeling sick following his April 1 start in Milwaukee, and David Hale, who began vomiting on Wednesday afternoon.
Since then, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said no one else on the team has become sick.
"We've even had family members who were nowhere near the team get the bug," Gonzalez said. "But it is what it is. … It goes around a little bit."
The absence of Gattis provided Atlanta an opportunity to flex its three-catcher rotation by starting Ryan Doumit on Saturday night and Gerald Laird on Sunday. The veteran duo combined to hit .250 (3-for-8) with two RBIs in two games.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.