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Braves claim LHP Chad Bell off waivers, option to Triple-A

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Braves add depth as they claim the versatile lefty.

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The Braves have announced that they have claimed left hander Chad Bell and have optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Chad has four pitches, your typical two-and-four seam fastballs that sit in the low 90s, a slider, and a change-up. He’s pitched as both a starter and reliever, but it seems that he profiles best as a reliever.

Bell hasn’t been particularly effective for Detroit this season - compiling an 8.59 ERA, 2.182 WHIP, but a lot could have to do with some porous defense as his FIP sits at a very respectable 3.82.

To answer the question you’re all thinking - he has a career 4.3 BB/9 rate and he has been sitting around 2.5-3BB/9. With Blair, Dirks, Peterson, Weigel, and Whitley all unavailable (inactive/DL) Bell adds another arm that can be possibly called up and provide innings for Atlanta. With that sound Atlanta defense behind him, especially up the middle, the Braves may have found another decent arm to add to the mix at a very low cost and at worst he provides innings to an injury riddled staff in Gwinnett.