Jesse Biddle (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Tuesday.
Biddle is still recovering from his Tommy John surgery in October, and will be out for the entire 2016 season. The former first-round pick will try to get his career back on track when he returns to full strength after a posting a disappointing 6.25 ERA in Triple-A last season.
Jesse Biddle was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Biddle underwent Tommy John surgery in October, so he'll likely miss most, if not all, of the 2016 season.
After being designated for assignment by the Pirates last week, Biddle was claimed off waivers by the Braves, who wanted to add a southpaw to their roster. The former first rounder has never advanced beyond Triple-A and underwent Tommy John surgery in October, meaning that Atlanta will have to be patient with him as he'll likely be on the shelf for the 2016 season. Still, if Biddle can tap into the talent that warranted a first-round selection in 2010, this could prove to be a savvy addition for the rebuilding Braves.
Jesse Biddle was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.
The move is to make room for David Freese on the 40-man roster and leaves Biddle's future in doubt for the second time this offseason. Biddle landed with the Pirates after getting designated for assignment by the Phillies. Whichever team he lands with will have to be patient if it thinks he can still be a major league pitcher, as he's out for the entirety of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery and had control issues before the injury.
He was designated for assignment last week, but considering his previous status as a highly-touted prospect, it is not surprising that the Phillies received interest in Biddle. Back in 2012 he was electric at times, flashing a beautiful curveball with great shape and depth, but poor command and a fringe fastball led to him getting hit hard in the upper levels of the minors, and he now serves as a cautionary tale for prospect hounds who fall in love with pitchers with incomplete repertoires in the lower levels. That said, the Pirates might be the best developmental organization for pitchers, so this is an ideal spot for Biddle to try to salvage his professional career. This has very little fantasy impact, however, as Biddle will miss all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the fall, so it won't be clear what the Pirates have in him until 2017. He will likely spend all of 2016 on the 60-day DL.
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