ATLANTA (AP) — Relief pitcher Shane Greene has signed a one-year contract to rejoin the Atlanta Braves.
Greene was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett and will need some time to get ready before he returns to the majors. The right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings last season.
Braves relievers began Sunday with a 4.56 ERA that ranked 22nd in the majors. It’s a considerable slip from last year when the bullpen ranked fourth with a 3.50 ERA.
Greene was used primarily as a setup man for closer Mark Melacon last season and will eventually fill the same role behind closer Will Smith this year.