The Atlanta Braves activated reliever Jordan Walden from the disabled list on Wednesday, braves.com reports. Though they could have opted to use a seven-man bullpen, they made room for Walden by optioning Cory Rasmus to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Walden topped out at 97 miles per hour in a rehab appearance at Gwinnett on Monday.
"My arm feels good and my slider was very good," Walden said. "That's probably the best I've seen it in the last couple of years, so that was really encouraging."
Walden figures to be used as the Braves' main setup man because he has more experience in clutch situations, having saved 32 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011.
As for the rest of the bullpen, the Braves have only lost one game in 10 due to the bullpen when Cory Gearrin gave up three runs to the New York Mets on Sunday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that's a large reason they're sticking with it.
"We'll try it," Gonzalez said. "We'll keep working through it. Ten to 12 years ago, that wasn't that big a deal, and really the only times you feel uncomfortable are when it's late in the game or you have those extra-inning game possibilities and you kind of have one guy down there or two guys down there. Other than that, it's very, very manageable to have a six-man bullpen."
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