Braves sign Detwiler to add depth to bullpen

Braves sign Detwiler to add depth to bullpen

ATLANTA -- The Braves announced on Friday that they have signed left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler. The deal is seen as an another attempt to add depth to a bullpen that was hampered by Jason Grilli's season-ending left Achilles tendon injury.

Detwiler struggled in 43 innings with the Rangers this season, allowing a 7.12 ERA, but he has been effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .220 batting average and a .600 OPS.

In his debut for the Braves, Detwiler retired the only hitter he faced -- Anthony Rizzo -- on a grounder to short in the fifth inning of Atlanta's 4-2 win over the Cubs.

The move comes shortly after Atlanta agreed to a deal with veteran righty Jason Frasor, as Jim Johnson could soon be on his way out of town as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

The Braves also recalled outfielder Joey Terdoslavich from Triple-A Gwinnett, designated David Carpenter for assignment and sent Jake Brigham down Triple-A.

The Braves entered Friday with the second-worst bullpen ERA in baseball (behind only the Colorado Rockies) at 4.40.

Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.