Braves Acquire Reliever Scott Downs from Angels


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Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Braves acquired left-handed reliever Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels Monday in exchange for minor league reliever Cory Rasmus.

“Downs is one of the best left-handed relievers in the game,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “Over the past few years, he’s been a guy you know can shut down lefties. But he also has that sinker that allows him to go through a right-handed portion of a lineup. He’s a guy we feel real comfortable putting in that seventh or eighth inning.”

The Braves started the season with left-handers Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty in the bullpen, but both were lost to season-ending elbow injuries. Now Downs and 24-year-old Louis Avilan are the only left-handers in the NL East-leading Braves’ pen.

In 43 appearances this season, the 37-year-old Downs has compiled a 1.84 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 18 holds.

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