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Luis Avilan not Likely to Need Time on Disabled List

April 18th, 2013 at 11:57 AM
By Cody Fields

It looks like the Atlanta Braves won't be without left-handed reliever Luis Avilan for any extended amount of time, even after he fell to the ground in a heap on Tuesday with a hamstring injury, ajc.com reports.

Braves general manager Frank Wren says Avilan will probably not need to go on the disabled list; the diagnosis from team doctors was just a slight hamstring strain and a cramp. This comes after Avilan had to be carted off the field when he couldn't put any weigh on that leg.

By Wednesday, Avilan was limping around and had trouble getting into his uniform, but the improvement was vast over the night before.

“I hope I don’t have to go to the DL because it’s better now,” Avilan said. “Way better now. So probably in two days I’m going to be fine.”

The 22-year-old Venezuelan pitcher had a tradition of drinking energy drinks before games, and that may have led to his cramp.

“I always drink Red Bull,” he said, “and that was the first question they had — ‘Did you drink Red Bull today?’ I said yes. They said, ‘That’s a problem.’”

Lefty hitters are just 9-for-57 (.158) against Avilan for his career.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Luis Avilan, MLB

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