The Washington Times - May 10, 2011, 07:32PM

ATLANTA — Nationals right-hander Chad Gaudin is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but there is still no timetable for when that will actually happen as he continues to rehab his sore shoulder and will need a rehab assignment before activating him is considered.

“He’s got that general wear and tear soreness that doesn’t appear it’s going to be anything extremely sifnificant but he needs to keep getting rehab and go pitch on some rehab assignments before we can do anything,” said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman.


Gaudin has been on the disabled list since April 27, retroactive to April 26, when the Nationals activated right-hander Henry Rodriguez. The Nationals would, of course, have to make room for Gaudin on the roster but that’s a bridge they’ll cross when necessary.

– The three power arms at the back-end of the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen are starting to garner a lot of attention. With the Braves starting pitching staff already averaging just over six innings per game, the combination of Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel to close things out is a daunting proposition for Braves’ opponents. 

‘Braves sport best back-end bullpen in the bigs,’ one national outlet’s headline read Monday morning.

But there is another group of relievers in the major leagues doing similar work to that of the Braves’ trio largely without that same attention and praise and their names are Tyler Clippard, Sean Burnett and Drew Storen.

You can read the full story on the Braves’ and Nationals’ similar relievers on the site.