April 16, 2024

Atlanta Braves clear spot on the roster for Jesse Chavez

NORTH PORT, Fla. — The Atlanta Braves despatched reliever Jackson Stephens to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, clearing a spot on the opening day roster for fan favourite Jesse Chavez.

The 40-year-old Chavez was signed by the Braves a day earlier after being launched by the Chicago White Sox, who jettisoned the veteran right-hander after he gave up 9 earned runs in seven innings throughout spring coaching.

This can be Chavez’s fifth stint with Atlanta.

“It’s good to be home,” Chavez stated, choking again tears. “Words can’t express how I feel right now. There’s so many emotions going on with how I feel about Braves country that it’s really tough.”

The right-hander was certainly one of the workforce’s handiest relievers in the first half final season, posting a 1.56 ERA with one save in 36 video games. But he wound up lacking greater than three months after taking a comebacker off his left leg hit by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera on June 24.

When Chavez returned late in the season, the Braves felt he was not as efficient as he was earlier than the harm and left him off their postseason roster. After the season, the Braves made no try and re-sign him, permitting him to hitch the White Sox.

Now, Chavez is again in additional acquainted environment for what he says can be his closing season.

Stephens was outrighted to Gwinnett after posting a 3.68 ERA in six appearances protecting 7⅓ innings throughout spring coaching. It seemed as if he would make the 26-man roster for Thursday’s scheduled opener at Philadelphia till the Braves received an opportunity to convey again Chavez for the long-relief position.

Chavez was first acquired by the Braves on Dec. 11, 2009, in a commerce with Tampa Bay for Rafael Soriano earlier than being traded to Kansas City lower than a 12 months later.

The Braves once more obtained Chavez from the Chicago Cubs for reliever Sean Newcomb on April 21, 2022, earlier than sending him to the Angels later that season in a deal that introduced nearer Raisel Iglesias to Atlanta.

The Braves chosen Chavez off waivers later in the 2022 marketing campaign and signed him once more as a free agent heading into final season. He has performed with 9 groups — 5 of them a number of instances — over his 16-year profession.