Schlosser Recalled Back to Majors by Atlanta Braves
ATLANTA - Former Florida Southern Moccasin pitcher Gus Schlosser has returned to the major leagues as the right-hander was recalled by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday evening to take place of relief pitcher Anthony Varvaro on the team's 25-man active roster. Varvaro was placed on paternity leave by the Braves as his wife is set to give birth to the couple's second child.
Schlosser, who began the season on the Braves 25-man opening day roster, was recalled from Triple A Gwinnett where he has been serving primarily as a starting pitcher since being sent down in late April after pitching in 10 major league games.
"Varvaro was pitching good, and we kind of needed a long guy," Braves manager said of calling up Schlosser from Gwinnett. "So we needed a kind of guy that could give us some innings, some length, so he's the guy."
The Braves, who picked up a 6-1 win on Wednesday at home against Miami, will host the Miami Marlins tonight at 7:10 p.m. Eastern, before hosting San Diego in a three-game series this weekend at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Braves enter Thursday's game sporting a 55-46 record and are in second place in the NL East as they are currently one game behind first place Washington.
In 12 innings out of the bullpen for the Braves earlier this season, Schlosser compiled a 4.50 ERA and was 0-1 on the mound in 10 games. In those 12 innings of work, he recorded six strikeouts and walked four.
It marks the second time this season that Schlosser has been recalled from Gwinnett to the Braves as he was the team's 26th man during its day-night doubleheader with Philadelphia on June 28. Schlosser pitched one scoreless inning in that doubleheader against the Phillies.
Since being optioned to Triple A Gwinnett, Schlosser, who was a 17th round selection of the Atlanta Braves organization in the 2011 MLB Draft, owns a 3.65 ERA and opponents are batting just .238 against him in 15 International League outings (13 starts).
On the season with Gwinnett, Schlosser has compiled a 6-5 record. In 81.1 innings of work, the side-armer has allowed 72 hits, 35 runs (33 earned runs), while walking 33 and striking out 57. Over his last six appearances on the mound for Gwinnett, the Sarasota, Fla., native has had five quality starts and a perfect inning out of the bullpen. He is 3-2 with a 1.91 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 2.45 walks per nine during the stretch.
"Overall, I've been pretty good, just trying to get better," Schlosser said in a release from the Atlanta Braves announcing his call-up. "I still work on my changeup a lot and I think it's gotten better and better each time out."