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