published Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cristhian Martinez stopped for DUI

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Cristhian Martinez was arrested early Monday and charged with drunken driving after police saw him weaving in and out of a lane while driving slowly on a major Atlanta highway.

Martinez was stopped on Interstate 85 and charged with impeding the flow of traffic, improper lane change and DUI after his blood alcohol level registered at 0.13, said Gwinnett County Police Corporal Jake Smith. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.

He was booked into the Gwinnett County Detention Center at 4:24 a.m. and released on bond of about $1,600 a few hours later.

Team officials said in a released statement they were "very concerned" to learn of Martinez's arrest and that he will be required to be evaluated by an independent professional.

Martinez, 30, had secured a spot in Atlanta's bullpen after a solid spring training performance.

Hudson goes two

At Kissimmee, Fla., Braves pitching ace Tim Hudson made his first appearance of the spring, allowing an infield single over two innings in an 8-2 loss to the New York Mets.

Ruben Tejada hit a three-run homer and Bobby Parnell allowed two hits in three innings for New York.

Hudson went 16-10 with a 3.23 ERA last season but had back surgery during the offseason and isn't expected back until May. He said he felt fine after his two innings and could have gone longer.

The Mets scored four runs in the ninth, two on bases-loaded walks to Rafael Fernandez and Richard Lucas. Rather than having a starter face a National League East rival, Parnell, who made 60 relief appearances year, started for the Mets.

Freddie Freeman and Jordan Parraz homered for the Braves, while Brandon Beachy allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings.

Gearrin sent down

Cory Gearrin, the relief pitcher from Rhea County, was among victims of the Braves' last cuts. He and Julio Teheran, who was battling for a role in the starting rotation, were optioned to Gwinnett of the International League.

Gearrin had a 3.38 ERA over 10 2/3 innings this spring, and sources close to the team said the 25-year-old right-hander figures to be in the Braves' bullpen at some point this season. Teheran had an inflated 9.37 ERA over 16 1/3 innings this spring.

Meanwhile, it was announced that rookie Jordan Pastornicky has won the starting shortstop's job over Andrelton Simmons. Pastornicky, acquired from the Blue Jays in the Yunel Escobar deal, batted .314 with seven homers, 45 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in stops at Class AA and Class AAA.

The Braves reassigned catchers J.C. Boscan and Jose Yepez, Simmons, fellow infielders Drew Sutton and Josh Wilson and outfielders Luis Durango and Parraz to their minor league camp.

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