Braves Claim Wright Off Waivers

With four relievers on the disabled list, the Braves made a move to shore up a crumbling bullpen by claiming RHP Jaret Wright off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

Wright, 27, went 1-5 with an 8.37 ERA in 39 relief appearances for the Padres, who signed him as a free agent December 10, 2002. He was optioned to AAA Portland June 6, where he compiled a 2-1 mark with a 1.42 ERA in 12 games (1 start), before being recalled by the Padres July 18.

Originally the Cleveland Indians' first-round selection (10th overall pick) in the 1994 June draft, Wright has compiled a 36-37 record with a 5.74 ERA and 2 saves in 137 career games. In his rookie year of 1997, he became the 2nd-youngest pitcher ever to start a 7th game of a World Series, when he took the hill in a no-decision against the Marlins, allowing only 1 run on 2 hits in 6.1 IP. Between 1997 and 2002 with Cleveland, Wright compiled a 35-32 record in 98 games (96 starts) with a 5.50 ERA.

Wright will join the Braves Saturday in Pittsburgh; the club has not yet made a corresponding move to create room for Wright on its 25-man roster.

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