Atlanta Braves select Carl Edwards Jr., designate Nate Jones

Mar 1, 2021; North Port, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves Carl Edwards Jr. #56 poses during media day at Cool Today Park. Mandatory Credit: MLB photos vis USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves made a move to help their struggling bullpen Friday, selecting the contract of right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. from Triple-A Gwinnett.

To make room for Edwards, the Braves designated veteran right-hander Nate Jones for assignment.

Edwards, 29, will pitch for his fourth big-league team in the past three seasons when he makes his Atlanta debut. After breaking into the majors with the Chicago Cubs in 2015, Edwards proved to be a key bullpen piece by posting a combined 3.03 ERA with 213 strikeouts in 154 1/3 innings for the Cubs from 2016-18, which included a 2016 World Series title.

Since 2019, however, he has a 7.06 ERA in 21 2/3 innings. That includes brief stints with the San Diego Padres (2019) and Seattle Mariners (2020). Edwards appeared just once this season for Gwinnett, when he struck out the side in one inning.

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Jones, 35, went 0-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 relief outings for Atlanta this season. Most troubling was his lack of control, as he walked 10 batters in 10 1/3 innings and allowed three home runs.

In his 10 seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2012-19), Cincinnati Reds (2020) and Braves, Jones owns a 22-16 record with a 3.32 ERA in 317 appearances — all in relief.

The three-time defending National League East-champion Braves are 15-16 and in third place in the division, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies, whom Atlanta will host in a three-game series starting Friday.

The Braves rank 23rd in the majors in bullpen ERA (4.85) and 28th in WHIP by relievers (1.48).

–Field Level Media