Boyer pitches well in Vero Beach test

Braves' righty Blaine Boyer continues to progress in his drive to be on the Opening Day roster. BravesCenter's Skip Seda has more.

Braves' right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer was impressive Sunday in another test to see if he might be ready for Opening Day on April 3rd.

Boyer pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out Jeff Kent and then retiring Nomar Garciaparra and Bill Mueller with no trouble.

"Three outs and ten pitches for one inning - I'll take that," said a jubilant Boyer after his performance. "I felt great. I had all my stuff working. I felt really good."

With six more exhibition games left before the start of the regular season, it's conceivable that Boyer could have two more tryouts to convince Braves' Manager Bobby Cox he is ready for the start of the regular season.

Boyer's potential availability could also impact the need for a late spring trade. If Boyer does prove he's ready and is on the roster, he would join Chris Reitsma, Joey Devine, Lance Cormier, and Oscar Villarreal as the five right-handers in the Atlanta bullpen.


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