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Anthony Varvaro | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/31/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Anthony Varvaro was pounded for five runs in an one-plus innings of relief by the Orioles on Friday.
Varvaro has given up 11 earned runs in nine innings this spring. He's supposed to be a member of Atlanta's bullpen and he likely still will be, but he'll need to do better than this to keep his pot once the staff gets healthier. Mar 21 - 3:56 PM

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Anthony Varvaro earned his first career save in Friday's victory over the Marlins.

With Craig Kimbrel unavailable after working the previous three days, the 28-year old Varvaro worked two scoreless innings of relief, surrendering just one hit, to protect a one-run lead. With a 3.13 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings, he's developing into another very dependable option in the Braves bullpen.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 11:04:00 PM

Anthony Varvaro or Cristhian Martinez will likely be designated for assignment in order to make room for the newly-acquired Luis Ayala on the roster.

The Braves were nearly forced to make the same decision at the end of spring training, but both began the season in the bullpen after Jonny Venters (elbow) landed on the disabled list. Varvaro hasn't been as successful as Martinez in the big leagues, so he's likely the odd man out.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 03:28:00 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that the Braves could trade either Anthony Varvaro or Cristian Martinez if Jordan Walden (back) is ready for the season.

If Walden is ready, there won't be room for both pitchers on the Opening Day roster. Varvaro and Martinez are out of options and likely wouldn't clear waivers, so the Braves could look to find a trade partner. Martinez, 31, is coming off a 3.91 ERA and 65/19 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings last season. Varvaro hasn't enjoyed nearly the same success, posting a 4.43 ERA in 34 major league appearances, so he's more likely to end up elsewhere.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 09:05:00 AM

Braves optioned RHP Anthony Varvaro to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Varvaro has posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 16 2/3 innings this season out of the Atlanta 'pen. He should be given another shot in mid-relief later this summer.
Mon, Jul 23, 2012 03:34:00 PM

Braves recalled RHP Anthony Varvaro from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Varvaro, who began the year on the DL with a right pectoral strain, had a 2.81 ERA and 35/12 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level. Cory Gearrin has been sent down to the minors in a corresponding roster move.
Wed, Jun 13, 2012 03:32:00 PM

Braves activated RHP Anthony Varvaro from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Varvaro is recovered from his right pectoral strain but will have to do some proving at the Triple-A level before the Braves give him a crack in the major league bullpen.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 12:59:00 PM

Braves placed RHP Anthony Varvaro on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 26, with a right pectoral strain.

Varvaro had an ugly 9.45 ERA and 6/4 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings this spring prior to the injury. He'll begin the season with Triple-A Gwinnett once he's back to full health.
Mon, Apr 2, 2012 04:32:00 PM

Anthony Varvaro left Friday's game against the Mets with a right pectoral strain.

Varvaro failed to retire a batter Friday, allowing three consecutive singles and a walk before leaving the game. No word yet on the severity, but between the injury and his ugly 9.45 ERA this spring, he's unlikely to make Atlanta's bullpen.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 04:33:00 PM

Anthony Varvaro failed to retire any of the four Mets he faced before coming out of Friday's game.

Especially with Arodys Vizcaino out, Varvaro was in great position to claim an opening in the Atlanta pen, but he's thrown it away with a 9.45 ERA this spring. Jairo Asencio and Gory Gearrin look like the favorites to occupy the two vacancies now.
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 04:20:00 PM

Braves recalled RHP Anthony Varvaro from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Varvaro has pitched well at the minor league level this season and has a 3.00 ERA and 16/6 K/BB ratio over nine innings with the Braves. He should pitch in middle relief.
Thu, Sep 1, 2011 03:31:00 PM

Braves optioned RHP Anthony Varvaro to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Varvaro impressed with 16 strikeouts over his nine innings, but he also walked six while surrendering seven hits. He'll return to a 2.66 ERA and 59/30 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings at Triple-A.
Sun, Aug 14, 2011 10:00:00 AM

Braves recalled RHP Anthony Varvaro from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Varvaro, who was claimed off waivers from the Mariners in January, had a 2.66 ERA and 59/30 K/BB ratio over 50 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level this season. The Braves have played extra-inning games each of the past two nights, so they could really use the fresh arm.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 04:00:00 PM

Braves optioned RHPs Anthony Varvaro, Cory Gearrin and Stephen Marek to Triple-A Gwinnett.

None were expected to make the Braves' roster going into spring training, though Marek made a pretty good impression. In addition to the names mentioned above, left-hander Yohan Flande, catcher Wilkin Castillo, infielder Shawn Bowman and outfielders Brent Clevlen and Jose Constanza were reassigned to minor league camp.
Thu, Mar 17, 2011 03:12:00 PM

Braves claimed RHP Anthony Varvaro off waivers from the Mariners.

Varvaro was designated for assignment by the Mariners earlier this month in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for catcher Miguel Olivo. The 26-year-old righty had a 4.02 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 65 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season and could see some big league action in Atlanta this year. He has averaged a 9.5 K/9 over five minor league seasons.
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 07:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Evan Gattis
2Gerald Laird
3Christian Bethancourt
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Tommy La Stella
2Tyler Pastornicky
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Ramiro Pena
LF1Justin Upton
2Ryan Doumit
CF1B.J. Upton
2Jordan Schafer
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Ervin Santana
4Aaron Harang
5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
7Kris Medlen
8Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Jordan Walden
4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6Cory Gearrin
7Jonny Venters
8David Hale
9Chasen Shreve