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Soriano to DL, James Campillo Up

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Rafael Soriano had been battling some elbow discomfort throughout the spring and that -- which has been officially called elbow tendinitis -- has now landed him on the 15-day DL. The move was made before Wednesday's game to make room for Chuck James, who was starting in the place of Mike Hampton. The Braves have however downplayed the issue as they did in the spring, saying that it is "minor" and they would rather let him get completely healthy this early in the season. This injury does however have a major effect on an already shaky bullpen. With Soriano down, Peter Moylan or Manny Acosta will probably be the one that Bobby Cox turns to, to hold a ninth inning lead. There is some good news though. Soriano's DL trip is retroactive to April seventh so he is eligible to come off the DL on the 22nd and if it is as minor as the Braves are saying, he should be ready. Chuck James originally was called up to replace Soriano, however after getting rocked by the Rockies, he was optioned back to Richmond and Jorge Campillo's contract was purchased from Richmond. Although Campillo has pitched 4.1 scoreless innings for Richmond, he seems like an odd choice with a guy like Zach Schreiber already on the 40-man roster. The 29-year old right-hander has had three stints with Seattle over his career with disappointing results. His fastball doesn't get much higher than the mid-80's, although both his fastball and change have some movement. He also has a decent curveball and generally keeps the ball down in the zone. Still, I don't see him as anything more than an innings eater if one of the starters gets hit hard early or if the Braves are ahead by enough.
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