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Atlanta Braves waiver-wire pickup David Carpenter wowed the team in spring training, but with a stable of stud relievers in front of him, Carpenter wasn’t sure if he’d ever get a shot. But when Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty went down with injuries, the Braves called on Carpenter — and he’s been delivering ever since.

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Carpenter goes from cast-off to clutch to Braves

David Carpenter had an ERA nearing double-digits when he Braves picked him up on the waiver wire, but less than a year later, he has fixed his mechanics and is now one of Atlanta’s go-to guys out of its stellar bullpen.


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