Braves trade for ex-Cat Downs; Ex-Lafayette star Roe called up to majors

July 29, 2013 

Braves  Angels Trade Baseball

Relief pitcher Scott Downs was 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA for the Angels. He was traded to Atlanta for a prospect.


The Atlanta Braves have added a needed left-hander to their bullpen by acquiring Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels for minor-league righty Cory Rasmus.

The Braves have lost left-handed relievers Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty to season-ending elbow injuries. The 37-year-old Downs, a former University of Kentucky pitcher, joins Luis Avilan as lefties in Atlanta's bullpen.

Downs was 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 43 games with the Angels. He is 36-35 with a 3.47 ERA in 12 seasons.

Downs had 29 consecutive scoreless appearances from May 5-July 23 before giving up three hits and two runs in a 3-1 loss at Oakland in his last outing with the Angels on Saturday.

"I've been through this before," said Downs, who posted a 2.30 ERA from 2007-12. "I can't control what's going on on the other side. The only thing I can control is what I do out on the field to help this team win. That's the only thing I want to do. "

Roe returns to Diamondbacks bullpen

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Chaz Roe from Triple-A Reno on Sunday to take the roster spot of Tyler Skaggs, who was optioned following his brief rocky start on Saturday. Roe is a former Kentucky Mr. Baseball from Lafayette High School.

Roe appeared in three games for the D-backs earlier this month against the Mets, tossing 32⁄3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits, including a homer, in his first major-league stint. Since then, he has allowed just one run in seven innings in the minors.

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service