ATLANTA (WRCB) -- Cory Gearrin's recent struggles have resulted in a demotion back to the minors.
The Atlanta reliever was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett early Friday after making just two appearances in the last ten days. Luis Ayala was activated from the disabled list to take Gearrin's spot on the 25-man roster.
Gearrin made the Braves' opening day roster and was one of the bullpen's top arms over the first two months. In 30 games across April and May, the Rhea County grad allowed just five runs in 25 innings for a scant 1.80 ERA.
However, the second-year pro gave up a grand slam to Dodgers' phenom Yasiel Puig to start a downward spiral in the month of June. Over his past seven appearances, Gearrin allowed eight runs and issued eight walks in just six innings.
The right-hander had not pitched in nine days when he gave up two runs in one inning of relief in Wednesday night's loss to the Marlins. He walked the only two batters he faced in his previous outing.
Gearrin's record stands at 2-1 with an ERA of 3.77 in 31 total innings this season. He has walked 16 batters opposite 23 strikeouts.