Cunningham recalled by Braves; no Paco in ‘pen in September


PHILADELPHIA — The Braves recalled outfielder Todd Cunningham from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, a move made to provide more defense and depth while center fielder Cameron Maybin recovers from a corneal abrasion.

Maybin was out of the lineup for a third consecutive game Tuesday and will probably need “a couple more days” to recover, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Maybin saw an eye doctor Tuesday in Philadelphia for a follow-up after being diagnosed Sunday in Washington.

In other personnel news, Gonzalez said the Braves will keep Matt Wisler in a bullpen role for the time being, and Ryan Weber will stay in the rotation to make a second start Sunday against the Mets. Weber was called up from Triple-A to make his major league debut with a start Tuesday against the Phillies.

Tuesday would have been Wisler’s rotation turn, but the rookie was moved to the bullpen for a two-inning appearance Sunday at Washington in an effort to help him restore confidence after struggling for nearly 1 ½ months.

Also, Braves assistant general manager John Coppolella said left-handed reliever Paco Rodriguez, acquired from the Dodgers as part of the July 30 three-team, 13-player trade that brought Hector Olivera to the Braves, will likely not pitch for the Braves until next season. Rodriguez, 24, had surgery in late June to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow, and the Braves initially said they hoped to have him in their bullpen in September.

. A second-round draft pick in 2012, Rodriguez has a 2.53 ERA in 124 appearances over parts of four seasons, with 91 strikeouts and 30 walks in 85 1/3 innings. His career .189 opponents’ average includes .174 by lefties.


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