The Braves recalled right-hander Luke Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday and put him in the bullpen for the home opener against the Padres.
The Braves optioned Jackson to Gwinnett late in spring training. Jackson, 25, started for the G-Braves on Monday and allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
“He threw the ball really well, actually, so it kind of worked out with a couple of days (rest),” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s gassed up and ready to go.”
To make room on the roster for Jackson, the Braves sent Jason Hursh back to Gwinnett. The Braves promoted Hursh on Wednesday after placing right-hander Chaz Roe (upper back) on the 10-day disabled list.
Snitker said the Braves had considered promoting Jackson on Wednesday, but he wasn’t available to pitch after starting for Gwinnett on Monday.
Jackson, 25, appeared in a total of 15 games for the Rangers in 2015 and 2016 and posted an 8.50 ERA with nine strikeouts and 10 walks over 18 innings. The Braves sent right-hander Tyrell Jenkins and a minor leaguer to the Rangers in December for Jackson, who was first-round pick in the 2010 draft.