Thomson Disabled; Matt Childers Recalled

The Atlanta Braves have placed right-handed starter John Thomson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained flexor tendon in the middle finger of his right hand. Thomson will be re-examined Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Right-hander Matt Childers has been recalled from AAA Richmond. Childers pitched in 15 relief appearances for the Braves. He was 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA. He allowed 14 hits in 19.1 innings pitched, along with 6 walks and 24 strikeouts. Opponents had a .203 batting average against him.

Childers was signed by the Braves as a free agent last winter. He was originally drafted by the Brewers in the 9th round of the 1997 draft and spent eight years in Milwaukee's system. Childers pitched in eight games with Milwaukee in 2002, compiling an ERA of 12.00 by allowing 12 runs on 13 hits in 9 innings pitched.

Last season he pitched in AAA Indianapolis and went 5-5 splitting his season between the bullpen and the rotation. Then this spring in Florida he appeared in 7 games in the Braves' big league camp, getting 1 walk and striking out 7 in 8.1 innings of work.

Childers is a Georgia native and resident. He played at Westside High School in Augusta and still lives in the East Georgia city in the off-season. Childers' brother Jason is a reliever with the Richmond Braves. Matt's father played in the Cubs' farm system.

If the Braves find out that Thomson will miss a significant amount of time with his injury, it's very possible they will send Childers (or another reliever) back down to Richmond and recall a starting pitcher, either Zach Miner or Kyle Davies.

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