Braves put LH James on the 15-day DL, re­lease Sturtze

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

CINCIN­NATI— Left-han­der Chuck James went on the 15day dis­abled list Tues­day with tight­ness in the back of his pitch­ing shoul­der, mean­ing he will miss at least one start for the At­lanta Braves.

James orig­i­nally was sched­uled to start Tues­day against the Cincin­nati Reds. In­stead, the Braves called up left-han­der JoJo Reyes from Triple-A Rich­mond to take his place.

The Braves also un­con­di­tion­ally re­leased right-handed reliever Tanyon Sturtze, who hasn’t been able to make a full re­cov­ery from shoul­der surgery last year.

James lasted only 3 2-3 in­nings and gave up a ca­reer­high four homers last Thurs­day in a 9-3 loss to San Fran­cisco. Al­though he didn’t feel pain in the shoul­der, he wasn’t able to bring his arm all the way up in his de­liv­ery.

An exam found an in­flamed ten­don in the back of the shoul­der that was lim­it­ing his move­ment.

James hasn’t played catch since his last start, giv­ing the in­jury a few days to re­cover. He ex­pects to throw onWed­nes­day and see how it feels.

The Braves needed to open a ros­ter spot for Reyes, and James was the best op­tion.

The 36-year-old Sturtze signed a one-year, $750,000 deal last De­cem­ber with the Braves, who were hop­ing he could be back from ro­ta­tor cuff surgery early in the sea­son. Sturtze had the surgery May 23 last year while with the New York Yan­kees.

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