Braves claim lefty reliever from Marlins

The Braves claimed left-handed reliever Dustin Richardson off waivers from the Florida Marlins and have assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.

The Braves wanted some left-handed depth for their bullpen. Left-hander Eric O’Flaherty has struggled some with periodic back pain.

Richardson is a former fifth round draft choice of the Red Sox in 2006 and was traded to Florida this past offseason for left-hander Andrew Miller. The Marlins designated him for assignment last week to open a spot on their 40-man roster for Dewayne Wise.

Richardson went 3-1 with a 3.66 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate New Orleans. Lefties were hitting .341 off him, with 15 hits in 10 2/3 innings, while he limited right-handers to a .208 average, with 16 hits in 21 1/3 innings.

Richardson was assigned to the Braves’ 40-man roster, which had an open spot.

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Yo

June 23rd, 2011
3:20 pm

Ocee

June 23rd, 2011
3:27 pm

rr

June 23rd, 2011
3:27 pm

The Ted has the largest TV screen in MLB and never shows replays? No replay yesterday of the Conrad HR, close plays at 1B, Bautista catch, etc. WHY?

Ralph

June 23rd, 2011
3:28 pm

Wren has been dumpster digging again.

Delbert D.

June 23rd, 2011
3:33 pm

Richardson’s best pitch must be a screwball, and the left-handed hitters eat it up.

Larry

June 23rd, 2011
3:43 pm

rr,

Not even close to as large as Houston’s!

Chief76

June 23rd, 2011
3:45 pm

rr – A long time ago (late seventies/early eighties) in a galaxy far, far away (actually across the street at the old Fulton County Stadium) Ted and the boys were very proud of the Jumbtron they had installed. Well one day the Jumbotron operators decided to do just as you suggest – show a very close play that the umpires got WRONG. Well, a great hue and cry went up from the fans as they booed the umps for the botched call. In response, the umpires walked off the field and told the Braves that if any more close plays were shown on the Jumbotron they would force the Braves to forfeit the game. Thus ever since, no close plays have ever been shown on the big screen at Fulton County or Turner Field. And since Conrad’s homer required official review, no replay.

Larry

June 23rd, 2011
3:47 pm

Jerry Willard

June 23rd, 2011
3:52 pm

Carroll will you marry me?

Carroll

June 23rd, 2011
4:04 pm

Not if you were the last man on earth!!

Dirty Dawg

June 23rd, 2011
4:07 pm

It’s not just Atlanta…MLB, in an agreement with the umpire assn., bans replays of what could be considered ‘questionable calls’ from all their venues…at least they used to.

20 out

June 23rd, 2011
4:24 pm

Great, a lefty that can’t get lefties out – just what we need especially against the Phillies. Thanks Frank!

Lucky D

June 23rd, 2011
4:39 pm

I see we keep adding minor league players, and that there was an open spot for this guy. I have not heard about many that we have released. Have we released any minor league players recently to correspond with any of the recent signings?

georgiadawgg

June 23rd, 2011
4:41 pm

I HOPE HE IS BETTER THAN THAT PUKE UGLY UGGA.

wjones

June 23rd, 2011
4:53 pm

“Dirty Dawg

June 23rd, 2011
4:07 pm

It’s not just Atlanta…MLB, in an agreement with the umpire assn., bans replays of what could be considered ‘questionable calls’ from all their venues…at least they used to.”

This umpiring union is a pretty sweet thing. You get a nice salary and pension, you get vacations–in season—plus get the winter off, and you not only never get any of your questionable calls televised, you also get to pick fights and eject anyone who talks back. Then THEY get punished. Not a bad gig at all.

Deedle Nick

June 23rd, 2011
4:54 pm

Way OT, but do the Braves ever have an Old Timer’s Day? I’d love to see one.

Deedle Nick

June 23rd, 2011
4:57 pm

@ wjones:
I see replays all the time on MLB TV, and the announcers call it like they see it.

Heisenberg

June 23rd, 2011
5:02 pm

Lucky,

Joey bombs was DFA last week opening up the spot on 40 ,am roster.

Ralph

June 23rd, 2011
5:29 pm

I would much rather used that open spot on the 40 man roster for Gartrell who is batting 280 and just hit his 16th HR yesterday, or Constanza who is batting 345 and has lightning speed, we don’t need another pitcher.

Bob

June 23rd, 2011
5:36 pm

I wish mr. Wren would get his mind off of signing more pitchers and get us some good batters. Pitching ain’t what is killing us, lack of hitting is.

JC Boscan III

June 23rd, 2011
5:46 pm

rr, it’s not just the controversial plays that aren’t replayed. We get PLENTY of kiss cams, baseballs hidden under caps, and assorted non-baseball crapola. Very little baseball-related stuff gets shown at the stadium, EVER! The last time I attended a game, there might have been 2 replays of any kind of play for the entire evening! It’s no wonder that the Braves fan base seems to be less knowledgeable of baseball than in the past. The “fan experience” is focused on everything but the game itself. But, everybody knows to look for the ball under the cap and to do the antiquated, ridiculous wave at some point during the game!!

It is odd that the Braves would sign another reclamation pitcher (several have been signed in the past 1-3 weeks) while ignoring Constanza’s superior batting average and Gartrell’s power………

freddy

June 23rd, 2011
5:54 pm

Ralph, Wren stays in the dumpster.

ernisTbass

June 23rd, 2011
6:11 pm

maybe this kid is Struggla’s good luck charm

Dav

June 23rd, 2011
6:38 pm

Questionable calls are broadcasted over air all the time. It’s within the venue that they are not allowed…and that goes for every sport.
Also, being a production person myself, the crew that runs the jumbotron, and the crew that runs the TV broadcast are two completely different crews with VASTLY different skill sets. Usually in my experience, jumbotron workers are typically interns or college grads who aren’t near ready for “the show”, and get their broadcast experience in venues running jumbotron. Sometimes it’s being hand-cuffed to what you can show, sometimes it’s inexperience on knowing how to do a replay.

The Phillies

June 23rd, 2011
6:47 pm

Woooo….we are scared!

Mike

June 23rd, 2011
7:02 pm

georgiadwagg “I HOPE HE IS BETTER THAN THAT PUKE UGLY UGGA”
A classless comment. Why even be on this blog.
What a jerk!!!!

IHEARTCARROLL

June 23rd, 2011
7:11 pm

@Jerry Willard 3:52

Are you looking for a fight ?????

who dat

June 23rd, 2011
8:14 pm

WHY DONT ALL OF YOU STFU

who dat

June 23rd, 2011
8:15 pm

THIS WAS NEWS AT 830 AM TODAY

teyrt

June 23rd, 2011
8:17 pm

braves have just signed hunter pence

teyrt

June 23rd, 2011
8:20 pm

georgiadawgg

your sister is calling she wants some loving now,so u better leave and go satisfy her.

hal

June 23rd, 2011
11:06 pm

can he play right field can anyone?

hal

June 23rd, 2011
11:08 pm

if the braves sigh n pence you will hear me scream in agreement from canada lol

Jborodawg

June 24th, 2011
8:11 am

Bats? They’ve got Uggla, Schafer and Heyward. If those three were hitting like they’re supposed to, the Braves would be in way better shape. Perhaps San Diego will be the turning point…?…

Remarkable

June 24th, 2011
8:33 am

He’s got the rest of this year to prove that he can pitch. After that, . . .

MR Burn

June 24th, 2011
8:46 am

Please, especially those of you who have lived here all your lives, there has NEVER been a Fulton County Stadium.
Tim McCarver somehow made the name popular.
It started as ATLANTA STADIUM, then renamed Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
Why can’t we call it what it has been historically called…ATLANTA STADIUM?

Doug

June 24th, 2011
11:22 am

Like Bob said “get us some hitters” either that or go find a clone of Maury Wills (ex Dodger ss, base stealer supreme)and try to win “EVERY” game 1-0 or 2-1. Winning is the name of the game period but if our staff had some consistant run support I believe we could over take the Phillys. If not we certainly could at worst runaway with the Wildcard.

Doug

June 24th, 2011
11:24 am

By the way, believe it or not the Padres are a worse offense than Atlanta.

John A.

June 24th, 2011
11:36 am

Enter your comments here

John A.

June 24th, 2011
11:40 am

Don’t worry guys, Frank is just being his usual self. He wouldn’t know major league talent if it slapped him in the face. He is only proving that he can pick all of the Marlin rejects. KEEP THE FAITH…..A BLIND PIG CAN FIND AN ACORN!!!!!!!!!!!

bill

June 24th, 2011
1:46 pm

the biggest reason not to show replays is those fat overpaid f***s will make you pay on a lot of purposefully blown close calls later on. My biggest fear when Bream slid was would Terry Tata make us pay for all the a** chewings he got from Bobby. Tata was not a Braves favorite as Skip pointed out during the game. God bless him he put all that aside and called him safe.

willie g hates bill shanks

June 24th, 2011
2:58 pm

this team is pathetic they cant hit a lick , get rid of them keep MCCANN get rid of the rest i will make a killing on them when they go to seattle they get BEDARD, PINEDA, AND HERNANDEZ, A SWEEP BILL SHANKS A SWEEP .

Brave New World

June 24th, 2011
3:07 pm

The Phillies June 23rd, 2011 6:47 pm Woooo….we are scared!

About as scared as the Braves were when you signed Pete Orr.

Damon Dingle Barryhill

June 24th, 2011
4:14 pm

DeWayne Wise – I remember when we had that boob. Good riddance!

Atlien

June 24th, 2011
5:14 pm

All the negative comments and we’re still in the top 5 as far as the record goes…Im not worried one bit.

Mark's for the Braves

June 24th, 2011
9:02 pm

If we got this dude because EOF’s back was hurting, I think we’re going to really be disappointed if we think he’ll pitch as well as EOF.

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