When Atlanta Braves right-hander David Carpenter exited his most recent outing against the Philadelphia Phillies as a result of “bicep tightness”, the writing was on the wall for a likely stint on the disabled list. On Tuesday afternoon, the club made it official by placing him on the 15-day DL and recalling right-hander Pedro Beato to take his spot on the 25-man active roster.
The Braves have placed RHP David Carpenter on the 15-day DL with a strained right biceps and have recalled RHP Pedro Beato from Gwinnett.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 17, 2014
Although his peripherals indicate that there is a decent amount of unfortunate luck, Carpenter hasn’t quite been the same dominant pitcher that he was in 2013. The 28-year-old right-hander has posted just a 4.23 ERA over 27.2 innings (34 appearances), and although his strikeout rate is actually up to a career-best 11.39 per 9 innings, his strikeout percentage has taken a slight dip from his 2013 levels. In his last 10 appearances, Carpenter’s ERA ballooned to 11.81, and many began to speculate that he was fighting injury woes.
The long-term prognosis for Carpenter’s stay on the disabled list is unknown at this point, but until he can return, the Braves will turn to 27-year-old Pedro Beato in the bullpen. This is Beato’s second stint with the big league club, and he threw 1.2 scoreless innings in his only appearance with Atlanta back on April 8th against the New York Mets.
Bullpen concerns will persist for a portion of the fan base until the turnaround can begin, but it is important to keep context on a group that has been one of the best in baseball for several years. Stay tuned for the latest on David Carpenter as information becomes available.
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