The Atlanta Braves will recall right-hander Kyle Davies and catcher Brayan Pena from AAA Richmond this weekend to replace the injured John Thomson and Eddie Perez on the major league roster.
Davies will be officially be added to the roster before Saturday's game so he can start against the World Champion Red Sox at Fenway Park. Even though he is replacing Thomson in the Atlanta rotation, the Braves will have to send either Matt Childers or left-hander Frank Brooks back down to Richmond to make room for Davies on the Atlanta roster.
The 21-year-old Davies was 2-1 for Richmond in 8 starts with an ERA of 4.78. He allowed 43 hits in 43.1 innings pitched, 23 runs (all earned), 21 walks, and 38 strikeouts. Davies struggled in his last two starts, allowing 13 runs on 13 hits in 8.1 innings pitched. He uncharacteristically had walked 10 batters and struck out only 8 in those two appearances.
Pena is leading the International League with a .417 batting average. He also had 10 RBI, no home runs, and 43 hits in 103 at bats. Pena spent much of spring training in big league camp as a non-roster player. He played in five Grapefruit League games and went 1-8 with a RBI. Pena entered this season with a career batting average of .298, and he won the Appalachian League batting title in 2001 with a .370 mark.
The switch-hitting catcher defected from Cuba in 2000 when he was 18. Pena snuck away from his Cuban National Team with his agent when the team was in Venezuela. He then signed with the Braves in November of that same year.
The Braves will promote Iker Franco to replace Pena on the Richmond roster. Franco was hitting .261 with 5 RBI in 46 at bats and 14 games as the Mississippi backup catcher.
Also, Myrtle Beach has made several moves Thursday. They placed outfielder Matt Esquivel on the disabled list with a bruised shoulder. Esquivel should not miss a significant amount of time. The Pelicans' outfielder was hitting .292 with 4 home runs and 23 RBI in 130 at bats.
The Pelicans have also added two pitchers to their bullpen, Mississippi right-handed side-armer Glenn Tucker and righty Zach Schreiber from Rome. Tucker may spend only a few days with the Pelicans. The Braves are expected to activate a few pitchers off the Disabled List soon, like Kevin Barry, out for the past few weeks with a groin injury, and Chris Waters, who has missed the last year after having shoulder surgery. When they are activated, that will cause another domino effect throughout the system. Currently the Mississippi roster has 9 pitchers, Myrtle Beach has 14 pitchers, and Rome only 10. So expect several more moves in the next few days.
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