Cormier & James to rehab in Rome

The Braves may be close to getting back two members of their bullpen. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has more.

Braves pitchers Chuck James and Lance Cormier will join the Rome Braves in Columbus Wednesday as part of a Major League baseball rehab assignment.

Cormier was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 3rd with a strained left oblique muscle, while James joined him on the DL three days later with a strained right hamstring.

Both pitchers have been vital members of the Braves' bullpen this season. Cormier has appeared in 15 games and is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.00. James has pitched in seven games and has an ERA of 2.38.

Two years ago James was the ace of the Rome Braves' staff, going 10-5 with a 2.24 ERA.

Rome already has Kelly Johnson on its roster on a rehab assignment. Johnson is testing his bad right elbow.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look at the Braves' traditional front office philosophies. Email Bill at

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