The Atlanta Braves signed right-hander Jhoulys Chacín, who pitched for Milwaukee and Boston in 2019, to a one-year contract. Chacín was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five games with Atlanta in 2016 after signing a minor league contract with the team. Chacín was released by Minnesota on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Chacín could provide depth as left-hander Cole Hamels recovers from left triceps tendinitis. Hamels won’t be ready for Friday’s season opener at the Mets.
Chacín was a combined 3-12 with a 6.01 ERA with the Brewers and Red Sox last season. For his career, he has a 77-87 record and 4.03 ERA.
IN THE BOOTH
Astros television play-by-play announcer Todd Kalas will miss the start of the season after testing positive for the coronavirus. Kalas is asymptomatic but is quarantining as part of MLB’s health and safety protocols.
Kevin Eschenfelder will fill in for Kalas until he can return.
The Braves are also without one of their announcers after former Atlanta outfielder Jeff Francoeur also tested positive for the virus. Francoeur said on Twitter he is asymptomatic.
Francoeur’s 12-year career as a player from 2005-16 included five seasons with the Braves.