Braves to call up Lillibridge and Nunez

The Braves have to replace three more players on the roster before the series in Los Angeles begins Monday night. Here's some information on two of the players coming up to the big leagues.

After Sunday's extra-inning victory over the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves placed infielder Omar Infante and pitchers Manny Acosta and Jeff Bennett on the 15-day disabled list. Infante and Acosta both strained their hamstrings in Sunday's game, while Bennett has been dealing with shoulder issues.

The Braves have called up infielder Brent Lillibridge and reliever Vladimir Nunez from Triple-A Richmond. Both are expected to be in Los Angeles Monday for the start of the series with the Dodgers. A third player will be added to the roster before the game.

Lillibridge has been on the Atlanta roster twice already this season. He's hit .154 (4-for-26) with a RBI in Atlanta, while in Richmond Lillibridge's average was .212 with a home run and 15 RBI in 212 at bats.

Nunez hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2004 with the Colorado Rockies. He started his major league career with the Diamondbacks in 1998. The next season Nunez was traded to the Marlins, where he pitched from 1999 through 2003. His best season was in 2002, when he saved 20 games as the Marlins' closer. Nunez then pitched for the Rockies in 2004.

The Braves signed Nunez this March. He has pitched in 34 games and was 3-0 in the International League with a 3.08 ERA. Nunez allowed 18 runs on 48 hits in 52.2 innings, with 27 walks and 53 strikeouts.

Atlanta has been hard-hit by injuries this season. Through the first 89 games, the Braves players have spent a combined 706 games on the disabled list. Last season that number was 920 games for the entire year.

Bill Shanks hosts The Atlanta Baseball Show on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and The Bill Shanks Show on SportsRadio 105.5 the Fan in Macon. He is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. You can email Bill at

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