The pain of last night's loss to the Marlins came with even worse news for the Braves than just a loss. Chad Paronto, one of the Braves' most reliable relievers so far and Bobby Cox's ground ball man, limped off the mound with what looked to be a groin injury. This is just the latest in a line of bullpen woes that have plagued the Braves this season, including Macay McBride's inability to find the strike zone and Mike Gonzalez's slow start. Today it was announced that Paronto suffered a strained groin and Bobby Cox said it will take between a week and a half to two weeks for the injury to heal. That means Paronto will almost definitely be put on the 15-day DL barring some sort of miracle.
Peter Moylan is expected to be recalled from Richmond to take Paronto's place in the pen after a very good spring and strong start to his season in the minors. The side-armer has pitched two scoreless innings so far for the Braves AAA affiliate with 3 strikeouts and one walk. The big thing that sets Moylan apart from Joey Devine, who is also having a strong start to his season is that Moylan throws a heavy sinker, similar to Chad Paronto's. Bobby has always like having a guy who can come in and get a double play ball even if it meant suffering through a couple seasons of Kevin Gryboski.