The Braves made a move to add depth Thursday evening, acquiring right-hander Edgar Santana from the Pirates for cash considerations. Santana was optioned to the team’s alternate training site.
Santana, 29, last appeared in a major-league game in 2018. He appeared in 88 contests from 2017-18, posting a 3.31 ERA with 74 strikeouts against 24 walks as a reliever. But his recovery from Tommy John surgery kept him sidelined in 2019. He missed the shortened season because of a PED suspension (Boldenone).
Santana allowed seven runs in 4-2/3 innings this spring. The Pirates designated him for assignment April 5.
The Braves will see what Santana shows at the alternate site. It’s a low-risk flier on a pitcher who’s had past success.