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Walden Goes To DL; Thomas Gets Recalled

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Jordan Walden has a strained hamstring and will be going to the 15-Day Disabled List.

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Shortly after the lineup was released for tonight's game with the Cubs, news came out that reliever Jordan Walden would be headed to the 15-day DL with a hamstring strain. Walden's DL stint will be retroactive to May 5th. From Kevin McAlpin:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Braves&amp;src=hash">#Braves</a> place Jordan Walden on the DL w/a left hamstring strain and recall Ian Thomas from Triple-A</p>&mdash; Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) <a href="https://twitter.com/KevinMcAlpin/statuses/465202315604267008">May 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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In 14 appearances so far this season, Walden had an ERA of 2.92 and a xFIP of 2.40. This is a bit of concerning news, especially considering that Walden had been dealing with hamstring issues back in the Spring.

His replacement, Ian Thomas, only made 1 appearance for the G-Braves (3 innings of scoreless relief work) before being called back up to the big squad. Thomas has an ERA of 4.26 and a xFIP of 3.55 in his 10 major league appearances.