Braves hire for­mer Phils pitch­ing coach Rick Kranitz

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The At­lanta Braves have hired pitch­ing coach Rick Kranitz, who served in the same role for NL East ri­val Philadel­phia last sea­son.

Kranitz, 60, re­places Chuck Her­nan­dez, who was not re­tained fol­low­ing At­lanta’s play­off loss to the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

Kranitz joined the Phillies as bullpen coach in 2015. He was pro­moted to as­sis­tant pitch­ing coach for 2017 and took over the di­rec­tion of the staff one year later.

Braves man­ager Brian Snitker says Kranitz “has had a lot of suc­cess de­vel­op­ing young tal­ent.”

Kranitz was Mil­wau­kee’s pitch­ing coach from 2011-15. He pre­vi­ously served as pitch­ing coach for Florida (2006-07) and Bal­ti­more (2008-10).

Phillies trade: The Phillies have added a much-needed left-handed re­liever to their pitch­ing staff, ac­quir­ing Jose Al­varez from the An­gels for right-handed re­liever Luis Gar­cia, the team an­nounced Thurs­day night.

Al­varez had a 2.71 ERA with 59 strike­outs and 63 in­nings for the An­gels in 2018. His ERA was fourth low­est among left-handed re­liev­ers in the Amer­i­can League.

Al­varez, 29, ap­peared in 76 games in 2018. He has a ca­reer ERA of 3.69 in 284 ap­pear­ances.

Gar­cia, 31, pitched in 251 games for the Phillies in six sea­sons. He was 3-1 with a 6.07 ERA in 46 in­nings in 2018.

Philadel­phia was short on lefty pitch­ers last sea­son and at times had an all­right-handed staff.

On May 10, the Phillies sent left-han­der Zac Cur­tis to the IronPigs and brought up righty Jake Thomp­son, giv­ing the team 13 righthanders on their staff.

AP FILE PHOTO

Rick Kranitz re­places Chuck Her­nan­dez, who was not re­tained fol­low­ing At­lanta’s play­off loss to the Dodgers.

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