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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Returns to Atlanta

    Stephens signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Tuesday.

    Stephens elected to become a free agent last week, but he will end up back with Atlanta on another minors deal after testing the open market. Stephens maintained a 3.00 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across 12 innings in the majors last season, and he also performed well during spring training. If the 29-year-old can prove to be a reliable option at Triple-A Gwinnett, he could return to Atlanta's bullpen at some point this season.

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  • Jackson Stephens: Hits open market

    Stephens elected free agency Wednesday, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Stephens appeared in position to win a spot on Atlanta's Opening Day roster as spring training neared its conclusion, but he became expendable when the club was able to bring aboard veteran right-hander Jesse Chavez on a one-year deal. After being moved off the 40-man roster and clearing waivers, Stephens could have stuck in Atlanta's organization and reported to Triple-A Gwinnett, but he'll instead test his options on the open market. Stephens performed reasonably well in Grapefruit League play, striking out 11 and allowing four earned runs over 12 innings while giving up 13 hits and issuing five walks.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Outrighted to Gwinnett

    Stephens cleared waivers Tuesday and was sent outright to Triple-A Gwinnett, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Stephens will lose his spot on the 40-man roster, which will likely be given to the newly-signed Jesse Chavez. Stephens gave up three runs in 7.1 innings during spring training and turned in a 3.00 ERA in 12 big-league innings last season, so he could still be in consideration for a promotion should Atlanta run into depth problems in its bullpen.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Set for long-relief role

    Stephens is expected to open the season in a long-relief role for Atlanta, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

    The 29-year-old will have the lowest-leverage role in a stacked Atlanta bullpen, but Stephens could see significant innings early if Reynaldo Lopez struggles with his conversion to the starting rotation. Stephens made only five appearances in the majors in 2023, posting a 3.00 ERA and 11:5 K:BB over 12 innings, but he's had an intriguing spring with a 10:4 K:BB and zero homers allowed through 5.1 frames.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Makes spring debut

    Stephens (elbow) retired two batters via strikeout and gave up an earned run on one hit and one walk Saturday in Atlanta's 6-2 win over the Blue Jays in Grapefruit League play.

    Making his spring debut, Stephens threw 21 pitches to four hitters. The 29-year-old right-hander finished the 2023 campaign on Atlanta's injured list due to right elbow inflammation, but he's faced no apparent limitations thus far in camp. After re-signing with Atlanta on a split contract over the winter, Stephens may need an impressive showing in the spring to win a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Back in Atlanta

    Stephens (elbow) signed a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract with Atlanta on Wednesday.

    Stephens joined Atlanta's big-league bullpen in mid-September and made five appearances before landing on the injured list shortly ahead of the postseason with right elbow inflammation. The 29-year-old righty holds a 3.56 ERA and 1.37 WHIP through 65.2 innings since initially joining Atlanta in 2022, though it remains unclear if he will be ready to go for the start of spring training.

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  • Jackson Stephens: Elects free agency

    Stephens (elbow) elected to become a free agent Monday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

    Stephens was outrighted off Atlanta's 40-man roster and has opted to test out free agency rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A Gwinnett. The reliever ended the season on the 15-day injured list with elbow inflammation, but it's not clear where he currently stands on the health front.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Lands on injured list

    Stephens was placed on the 15-day injured list Sunday, retroactive to Sept. 30, with right elbow inflammation, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Stephens delivered two scoreless frames Friday against Washington, but an elbow issue apparently surfaced during the outing. The 29-year-old right-hander wasn't a strong bet to make Atlanta's NLDS roster even if healthy with just five big-league appearances this season, and he'll now be unavailable until at least mid-October.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Added to roster

    Atlanta selected Stephens' contract from Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.

    Stephens will provide the big club with a fresh relief arm heading into Monday's doubleheader against the Phillies. This will be the first stint in the big leagues this season for the 29-year-old reliever, as Stephens has posted a 3.28 ERA and 26:4 K:BB over 24.2 frames with Gwinnett.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Stephens was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.

    Stephens signed a one-year deal with Atlanta in December and gave up five runs in 1.1 innings over two appearances this spring. He won't make the team's Opening Day roster but could return to the majors at some point in 2023 if the team needs a multi-inning option in the bullpen.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Re-signs with Atlanta

    Stephens was re-signed by Atlanta to a one-year, $740,000 contract Monday.

    Stephens hit free agency last month after being removed from Atlanta's 40-man roster, but he's back now on a non-guaranteed split contract. The 28-year-old held a 3.69 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 47 strikeouts over 53.2 innings last season.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Designated for assignment

    Stephens was designated for assignment Tuesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

    Atlanta needed to clear a 40-man roster spot for Dennis Santana, whom it just acquired for cash from Texas. Stephens, 28, had a 3.69 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 53.2 innings last season.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Gets first MLB start since 2017

    Stephens will serve as Atlanta's starting pitcher in Wednesday's game in Miami, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Manager Brian Snitker likely would have turned to Max Fried (illness) to take the hill Wednesday if playoff positioning was still on the line, but the southpaw will instead get some added time to rest up after Atlanta clinched the National League East crown Tuesday. As a result, Stephens will get the chance to open Wednesday's contest in what will be his first MLB start since 2017, when he was a member of the Reds. Stephens has maxed out at 3.1 innings over his 16 appearances in the second half, so he might not work more than once through the batting order.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Struggles in spot start

    Stephens allowed three runs on five hits and two walks and did not notch a strikeout over three innings in a no-decision against Miami on Wednesday.

    With Atlanta locked into a first-round playoff bye, manager Brian Snitker opted to give Stephens his first major-league start since 2017. The right-hander gave the team three innings but needed 56 pitches to get through those frames. Stephens worked mostly in middle relief for Atlanta this season, though he did record two saves and two holds along with three wins while posting a 3.69 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 53.2 innings. Prior to Wednesday he had pitched six straight scoreless outings covering 6.2 frames, bolstering his chances at a roster spot for the NLDS.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Returns from IL

    Atlanta reinstated Stephens (concussion) from the 7-day injured list Sunday.

    Right-hander Bryce Elder was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to clear room on the active roster for Stephens, who had been on the shelf since Aug. 27. The 28-year-old has been a useful piece out of the Atlanta bullpen this season, logging a 3.89 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 44 innings to go with two saves and two holds over 32 appearances.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Placed on injured list

    Stephens was placed on the 7-day concussion injured list Saturday.

    Stephens was hit in the head by a comebacker during Friday's matchup against the Cardinals, and he'll be unavailable for at least a week after being diagnosed with a concussion. Jay Jackson was recalled to take Stephens' place in the bullpen.

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  • Braves' Jackson Stephens: Exits with injury

    Stephens exited Friday's game against the Cardinals in the bottom of the ninth inning after being hit in the head by a comebacker, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Stephens was able to walk off the field under his own power after being checked out by trainers, but he was still removed from Friday's matchup after allowing three runs on four hits and a walk while failing to strike out a batter in one-third of an inning. The right-hander will presumably be evaluated for a concussion, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be forced to miss additional time.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Oxford, AL
Age: 29
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R