ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves announced today that they have signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson to a Major League contract for the remainder of the 2015 season. He will be in Atlanta for Friday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks (7:35 p.m.) and will wear uniform number 34. To make room for Jackson on the 25-man roster, the Braves optioned right-handed pitcher Ryan Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday (August 13).
Jackson, 31, made 23 appearances for the Chicago Cubs this season, all in relief. He went 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA (11 ER/31.0 IP) prior to being released on July 27. He held left-handed hitters to a .200 (8-for-40) batting average and a .313 on-base percentage while with the Cubs.
Now in his 13th Major League season, Jackson has appeared in the postseason three times - with the 2008 American League champion Tampa Bay Rays, with the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and with the 2012 Washington Nationals. He has compiled a career record of 86-105 in 316 games (262 starts), with a 4.61 ERA. His record in his 262 career starts is 83-103 with a 4.61 ERA, compared to a 3-2 mark with a 4.58 ERA in 73 career relief appearances.
A graduate of Shaw High School in Columbus, Ga., Jackson was selected in the sixth round of the 2001 June free-agent draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his Major League debut with the Dodgers on his 20th birthday in 2003.
Jackson was named to the A.L. All-Star team while with the Detroit Tigers in 2009, when he went 13-9 with a 3.62 ERA. The following season, he threw a no-hitter against Tampa Bay while pitching for Arizona (June 25, 2010).
The Braves are Jackson's ninth organization and his fifth in the National League. He has made 166 career appearances in the N.L. with the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals and Cubs, and 150 career appearances in the A.L. (Tampa Bay, Detroit and Chicago).