Although Michael Dunn has been solid, Eric O'Flaherty has better peripheral statistics and will be used in more crucial situations. O'Flaherty's return is certainly welcome.

Braves Activate Lefty Reliever Eric O'Flaherty

Left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty is set to return to the Braves roster if all goes well in his two innings tonight.

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Eric O'Flaherty Activated

Left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty was activated and will be available in the Braves bullpen today.

O’Flaherty has a 2.30 ERA over 31.1 innings this season. O’Flaherty will be used in more strenuous situations than Michael Dunn was, who was demoted to triple-A Gwinnett as expected. Dunn had a 0.00 ERA in O’Flaherty’s absence, but his walk total was higher than his strikeout total which says he was getting a bit lucky. Dunn will be recalled when the rosters expand in September.

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Braves Plan to Activate Eric O'Flaherty on Friday

According to Dave O'Brien of the AJC, Eric O'Flaherty will be activated on Friday, which most likely means that Michael Dunn will be demoted back to triple-A Gwinnett. O'Flaherty was disabled on July 15 due to having mononucleosis.

That's two innings TONIGHT for #Braves' O'Flaherty at Triple-A Gwinnett, then rest two days and be activated

He has thrown two innings at Gwinnett already as he recovers from his sickness, allowing just one hit and striking out two between two appearances.

This season, he has a 2.30 ERA over 31.1 innings and has a 2.77 ERA in his Atlanta Braves tenure, which began last season and has spanned 87.2 innings. Eric has a 17-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio against left-handed hitters this season and has combined with Jonny Venters and Billy Wagner to form one of the top left-handed sides of the bullpen in all of baseball.

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