Braves Add Peter Moylan And Antoan Richardson To Expanded Roster

The Atlanta Braves have finally added right-handed setup man Peter Moylan back to their bullpen. Moylo has been our for several months after undergoing back surgery. His rehab was slow, but steady, and the results from triple-A suggest that Atlanta will be adding a fully healthy and ready to contribute Moylan to the pen. He made six appearances spanning six games, allowed one unearned run on five hits and four walks while striking out ten.

The Braves also made a bit of a surprising move by adding outfielder Antoan Richardson to the roster. At double-A Mississippi, Richardson was hitting just .283, but he is an on-base artist, with an on-base percentage of .430. He's a switch hitter with good speed (17 stolen bases in 22 chances), but at 27 years old he's not really a prospect. He's another guy in that Jose Constanza vein of player: a minor league free agent the Braves signed two years ago out of the Giants organization. He was well-sought after as an amateur, drafted four times before he finally signed as a 35th round pick in 2005 (the lowest he had been drafted).

Richardson should be an interesting player to watch to see if his patience at the plate will translate to the Majors. He does have a .397 career OBP over seven minor league seasons. In his last ten games, Richardson has been on base half the time -- an OBP of .500, versus a batting average of only .259. A Moneyball player if I ever saw one. The Braves are certainly shifting their focus as a team towards speed.

The Braves also added Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran back to the roster on Saturday. Delgado will get the start against the Dodgers today, and Teheran will presumably be available for relief for a couple of days, then get the start in one game of Thursday's double-header make-up games in New York.

To make room for Richardson on the 40-man roster, Nate McLouth was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, pretty much assuring that we won't see him on the field again this year.

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