Braves option veteran reliever to alternate training site

The Braves demoted veteran relief pitcher Nate Jones on Monday, optioning him to the team’s alternate training site at Gwinnett.

Jones, a 35-year-old right-hander who made the team as a non-roster invitee in spring training, had appeared in 12 regular-season games for the Braves, posting a 0-2 record and a 3.48 ERA. He allowed six runs (four earned), eight hits (three home runs) and 10 walks (four intentional) in 10-1/3 innings. Four of nine inherited runners scored against him.

The Braves didn’t announce a corresponding addition to the 26-man active roster Monday. They were down a position player on the bench over the weekend after adding an extra reliever for the series against Toronto.

Other roster moves also loom. Manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that right-handed reliever Chris Martin, sidelined since April 4 with shoulder inflammation, is expected to return from the injured list “sooner than later” and that starting pitcher Max Fried, sidelined since April 13 with a hamstring strain, will come off the IL to start Wednesday’s game at Washington.

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