The Atlanta Braves have brought left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge to Atlanta, in lure of the injury to Nick Anderson. The injury news to Anderson came as a surprise, and is definitely a bummer considering the season he was putting together.
All hope is not lost on Anderson however as there is belief he will be back in Atlanta in September. Luetge rejoins the team now completely out of minor league options. After posting some solid years with the New York Yankees, Luetge has had a rough start to his Braves career.
On the year Luetge has thrown just 9.2 innings and sports a 10.24 ERA, 2.17 WHIP, and 6.07 FIP. His last appearance came on May 29th, against Oakland; In that outing he recorded just one out and allowed three earned runs. He was then put on waivers, which he cleared and then joined Gwinnett.
The team also announced they designated relief pitcher Roddery Munoz for assignment. The 23 year-old Munoz was added to the 40-man roster last year, and even officially spent time with the big league club but he never made his major league debut. Atlanta has a week to either trade Munoz or put him on waivers.
There certainly has been a lot of unexpected shuffling with the bullpen as of late. Some injuries seem to be popping up in bunches here, with Minter’s ailing pectoral muscle, and now the latest blow to a man who had been steady all season in Nick Anderson. Luckily, for Atlanta they do have reinforcements lined up to return at some point in Jesse Chavez and Dylan Lee.
This is why Alex Anthopoulos chooses to invest in such quality bullpen depth every season. The list of relievers available in Triple-A Gwinnett along with the pieces in Atlanta make for enough shelter to whether this temporary storm.