Braves recall RHP Shane Greene

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Shane Greene delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The Braves won, 10-2, for a 3-1 series lead. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

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Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Shane Greene delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The Braves won, 10-2, for a 3-1 series lead. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

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Shane Greene is officially back in the Braves’ bullpen.

The Braves recalled the veteran right-hander before Sunday’s game against the Dodgers. Greene, whom the Braves acquired from the Tigers at the 2019 trade deadline, had a 3.27 ERA across 55 appearances over the past 1-1/2 seasons with the Braves. He gives the bullpen another proven commodity in the later innings.

“I’ve never been so ready in my whole life,” Greene said Sunday.

Surprisingly to many, especially given the demand for relievers, Greene, 32, remained unsigned through the winter. The Braves re-signed him to a one-year deal in May. He made four appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett while preparing to join the big-league club, pitching 4-1/3 innings, allowing one run on one hit, striking out five and walking two.

Greene said he’d like to discuss his offseason experience with reporters at a later date but he wanted to focus on the present during his media availability Sunday.

“The offseason was longer than ever and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be,” he said. “(The offseason) is a very long conversation that I’d potentially like to have with you guys but right now I’m focusing on being able to be a baseball player again, having a locker in a locker room and trying to win a baseball game.”

Right-hander Jacob Webb was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to open a spot for Greene.