Kirkman agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Kirkman hasn't pitched more than six big league innings since his 2013 campaign with the Rangers in which he posted an 8.18 ERA over 22 innings. The 30-year-old spent the 2016 season with the Brewers and Padres' Triple-A affiliates, posting modest numbers at each stop. He's a long-shot to make the Braves' major league roster.
Kirkman was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Thursday. Kirkman appeared in just one game for the Brewers after being claimed off waivers by the team earlier in May, but he was removed from the roster to open up a spot for fellow reliever Jhan Marinez, who was acquired via trade from the Rays. Kirkman's next step will be determined after his waiver period comes to a close.
Kirkman was claimed off waivers by the Brewers on Thursday. Kirkman had been designated for assignment Monday by the Padres after giving up four earned runs in his only appearance with the team. He will likely head to Triple-A until called upon by the big league club.
The Padres designated Kirkman for assignment Monday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. During his brief stint with the Padres over the last week, Kirkman made one disastrous relief appearance, giving up four runs on six hits across 1.1 innings. With the removal of the 40-man roster spot, the Padres may have signaled that the southpaw has his work cut out for him to return to the majors this season.
Kirkman was called up by the Padres on Tuesday. He will provide the San Diego bullpen with some left-handed depth behind Ryan Buchter and Brad Hand. Walks were a major issue for Kirkman last year at Triple-A, and have been during his time at the highest level (55 in 106.2 innings), but the 29-year-old has not issued a walk in six innings with El Paso so far this season.
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