Braves DL Walden and recall Thomas

The Braves have placed right-handed Jordan Walden on the disabled list and recalled left-handed reliever Ian Thomas from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Walden has been one of Atlanta’s most valuable bullpen pieces this year. The veteran setup man has not pitched since allowing a two-run home run to Brandon Crawford during Sunday’s loss to the Giants. Those two runs stand as the only he has allowed over his past 10 1/3 innings.

With this move made retroactive to Monday, Walden will be eligible to come off the disabled list on May 20. David Carpenter and Luis Avilan will primarily handle the setup duties in Walden’s absence.

Thomas posted a 4.26 ERA in the 10 appearances he made for Atlanta before being optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. The 26-year-old southpaw tossed three scoreless innings when he started Tuesday’s game for Gwinnett.

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