Brothers was called up by the Braves on Friday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports. Brothers looks to provide more depth to Atlanta's bullpen as the club brings up a wave of September call-ups prior to Friday's game against the Cubs. During 17 relief appearances with the big-league team this season, Brothers has posted an ugly 7.63 ERA, including six earned runs over his last three innings of action. He figures to see time during low-leverage situations moving forward.
Brothers was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday. Brothers hasn't turned many heads since being summoned to the Braves at the end of June -- he's posted a weak 7.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 15.1 innings -- so he'll head back to the minors for some more seasoning before returning sometime after rosters expand in September. The move clears room for Dan Winkler (elbow), who was reinstated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move.
Brothers has allowed five runs and recorded eight strikeouts across 7.2 innings this season. The 29-year-old has already allowed two home runs since being called up in late June, but he also has a win and two holds in his eight appearances. Brothers has been used primarily in low-leverage situations thus far, and he'll need to earn the trust of manager Brian Snitker if he's going to see higher-profile work.
Brothers gave up two hits and struck out one in an inning of relief during Thursday's loss to the Padres. After Jaime Garcia walked the leadoff hitter in the seventh inning with the Braves already down 5-0, Brothers came in and allowed the inherited runner to score before fanning Cory Spangenberg to end the frame. Expect the former Rockie to continue working in low-leverage situations for now, but Brothers' career numbers against same-side pitching (.221/.335/.320 with a 28.9 percent K rate) could eventually allow him to supplant Ian Krol as the top lefty in Atlanta's bullpen if he proves himself.
Brothers' contract was selected from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. In a corresponding move, Atlanta designated Bartolo Colon for assignment. During four appearances with Gwinnett this season, Brothers has yet to give up a run and only allowed two hits while striking out four to maintain an WHIP of 0.49. This will be his first taste of the majors since coming in out of the bullpen on 17 occasions for the Rockies in 2015. Brothers is going to serve as depth for the Braves bullpen moving forward.
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