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Atlanta Braves sign lefty relief pitcher Luis Perez to minor league deal


The Atlanta Braves continued their work on trying to plug holes left by all the injured pitchers on Monday by signing left-handed relief pitcher Luis Perez to a minor league contract.

According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Perez–who is recovering from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss most of the 2013 season–threw for the team during spring training, and will start off in the minors while he completes his elbow rehab.

Perez had arthroscopic surgery in January to remove scar tissue from the surgically repaired elbow.

The 29-year-old lefty was out of minor-league options with the Toronto Blue Jays, and was released to make room for outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo, who the Jays claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This makes for two interesting situations for the Braves. First, this is yet another injured-and-repaired arm added to what is already an army of such, but it also means that as the season progresses and (if) these arms all turn up healthy, the Braves will have one of the deepest rotations and bullpens in the majors.

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