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Braves bring up Carl Edwards Jr. to bolster bullpen; Edgar Santana sent down, Nate Jones DFA’d

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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The bullpen carousel continues to spin in Atlanta as the Braves announced Friday afternoon that Carl Edwards Jr.’s contract has been selected. To make room for Edwards Jr., the club sent Edgar Santana to Triple-A Gwinnett and designated Nate Jones for assignment.

Edwards Jr., who the Braves added over the winter, did not have a great spring but stuck around with the club at their alternate site and Gwinnett. He will look to bring some right-handed stability to the bullpen. Known from his days with the Cubs, Edwards Jr. owns a career 3.54 ERA with bigtime strikeout and walk numbers.

Santana appeared in four games with Atlanta but did not fare well. Jones, who was optioned to the alternate site earlier this week, did not pitch well in a handful of high-leverage spots throughout the first month of the season. One would assume he will look for work elsewhere, although he could still return on a minor league deal.

The Braves kick off a three-game series with the Phillies beginning Friday night with Charlie Morton and Zach Eflin on the mound.