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Braves' April on the road wasn't exactly a vacation

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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Braves' April on the road wasn't exactly a vacation

The Braves are coming off a 10-game, three-city trip in which they played four day games in seven games.

And with 17 road games under their belts in April, they lead the majors in road games, with a 9-8 record. That will help down the road, but it's tiring right now.

They were off Thursday, and thanks to right-hander Jair Jurrjens's first career complete game on Tuesday, and right-hander Tommy Hanson's seven innings Wednesday, the bullpen has had an opportunity to recover.

That gives the Braves an opportunity to make a roster move before Friday's game versus the Cardinals. Atlanta has been down a bench player since having to call up another arm for the bullpen in the midst of the trip.

That was right-hander Cory Gearrin. A side-armer like right-hander Peter Moylan, whose absence due to a bulging disk in his lower back is keenly felt,

Gearrin worked three perfect innings in two appearances on the road.

Compare that to right-hander Jairo Asencio, who allowed eight hits and four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Outfielder/second baseman Matt Young was the unlucky bench player sent to Triple-A Gwinnett to accommodate Gearrin's arrival. That move left the Braves with only three outfielders on the roster, left fielder Martin Prado, center fielder Nate McLouth and right fielder Jason Heyward.

Outfielder Jordan Schaffer (18-for-72) is more likely to be called up than outfielder Wilkin Ramirez (13-for-52), because he is on the 40-man roster.

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