Braves confirm September additions
Parr, Lillibridge among players to join team for final month
WASHINGTON -- Right-handed pitcher James Parr and infielder Brent Lillibridge will be spending the season's final month looking to make a good impression and prove they can compete at the Major League level.
The Braves confirmed Sunday that Parr and Lillibridge will be among the players added to the roster after it expands to 40 players on Monday. Other additions will include right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton, left-handed reliever Jeff Ridgway and catcher Corky Miller.
Morton will be added to the roster on Monday, and he is scheduled to start the following day against the Marlins. Parr, Lillibridge, Ridgway and Miller are expected to participate in Triple-A Richmond's series finale on Monday and then join the big league team on Tuesday.
When Double-A Mississippi completes play in the Southern League playoffs, right-handed reliever Luis Valdez could be added to the roster. In 55 appearances this year, Valdez has worked 65 1/3 innings, registered 77 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .208 batting average.
Among the players joining the club from Richmond, Parr is the only one without any previous Major League experience. In 28 combined appearances (26 starts) with Mississippi and Richmond this season, he has gone 13-7 with a 3.52 ERA.
To make room for Miller and Parr on the 40-man roster, the Braves will transfer right-handed reliever Rafael Soriano and outfielder Matt Diaz to the 60-day disabled list. Diaz, who has been sidelined since May 27 with a torn MCL in his left knee, is expected to visit noted knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman again on Sept. 15.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.