It was just a navy blue batting practice jersey but former Brave Ryan Klesko was back on the field wearing his old No. 18 throwing batting practice Wednesday.
The Braves asked the left-handed Klesko to give them another lefty arm in bp before facing Nationals left-hander John Lannan Wednesday night.
Klesko has been throwing batting practice for some high school and college teams, as well as the San Francisco Giants during spring training, the team he retired with in 2007. He’s a regular visitor at Turner Field anyway, coming up from his home in Macon.
“I come down on business a lot,” Klesko said. “They said any time you’re in town we’d love to have you.”
Klesko, 39, played first base and left field throughout his 16-year major league career, but he pitched at Westminster (Calif.) High School. He injured his arm pitching for the U.S.A. junior Olympic team or he might have been drafted as a pitcher.
“I can throw breaking balls, curveballs and cutters and game simulation if they need me on occasion,” Klesko said.