Braves get relief candidate in Lambson

The Braves continue to add options for the bullpen.

The Braves front office has not stopped in trying to find candidates for the Atlanta bullpen. Late Sunday night the Braves acquired Astros' Triple-A lefty reliever Mitch Lambson for cash considerations.

Lambson will join the Gwinnett roster. He pitched in 13 games for AAA Fresno and had a 2.60 ERA. That was his same mark in 11 games in AA Corpus Christi earlier in the season. Overall, Lambson has allowed 30 hits in 34.2 innings, with nine walks and 30 strikeouts.

The Astros drafted Lambson in the 19th round of the 2011 draft out of Arizona State University. He's pitched in 150 games, all in relief, and has a 2.79 ERA with 265 strikeouts in 242 innings pitched.

Atlanta has used 17 relievers already this season, with two new members joining the bullpen for the series opener in Milwaukee Monday night. David Carpenter and Arodys Vizcaino will try to see if they can nail down a spot in the bullpen.

The Braves expect to add left-hander Andrew McKirahan to the pen later this week. He's missed half the season after being suspended for PEDs. Peter Moylan is another pitcher in Triple-A that could be added soon. He's been in Gwinnett for about a month recovering from his second Tommy John surgery last year.

But don't be surprised if the Braves closely monitor Lambson, as they continue to try and find more effective relievers for the bullpen.

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