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Braves sign Joe Beimel to minor league deal

May 18, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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The Braves just received some bad news on reliever Eric O’Flaherty, as the lefty was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Losing O’Flaherty means the Braves have just one left-hander in the bullpen in Luis Avilan. As a result, the Braves signed Joe Beimel to a minor league contract per Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

Beimel had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last May and is fully recovered. The 36-year-old last pitched for the Pirates in 2011, when he posted a 5.33 ERA in 25.1 innings. Throughout his career, though, he has shown that he can be quite dependable when healthy.

Update (8:20 PM): Troy Renck says, via Twitter, that Beimel will pitch in extended spring training and then progress to Triple-A Gwinnett from there.

  1. acdc84 - May 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    It’s crazy how below average lefties can always find work. Nothing personal against Beimel; it’s just crazy.

    • drone501 - May 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      this guy has to be eligible for social security.

  2. personalspaceinvader - May 19, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    THE LEGEND OF JOE BEIMEL LIVES!

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