Loe rediscovers sinker, back in Majors with Braves

Loe rediscovers sinker, back in Majors with Braves

Loe rediscovers sinker, back in Majors with Braves

CHICAGO -- Kameron Loe hopes this time he'll stick in the Major Leagues with the Braves, after the team called up the 31-year-old veteran reliever to add a long relief option.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound right-hander started the season with the Mariners and was signed to a Minor League contract by the Braves on May 11 after the Cubs designated him for assignment. Utility specialist Tyler Pastornicky was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday morning to make room on the roster, before the series finale against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Loe, who gave up nine home runs in April with the Mariners and Cubs, appears to have figured out his sinker again at Gwinnett -- where he allowed just two homers since joining the Braves' organization. Loe appeared in 21 games for Gwinnett, going 4-2 with a 3.19 ERA with 24 strikeouts and eight walks in 42 1/3 innings.

"There were obviously a couple things I needed to get straight," said Loe, who also made a couple of starts with Gwinnett to stretch out his arm. "I gave up nine home runs in April, which was pretty bad. My stuff was flat and I had to make a couple of adjustments, but I've been feeling good lately."

The Braves are the fifth franchise he's pitched for and 12th professional team, including a stint in 2009 with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League.

"I hope to be here for the rest of the season and help them win," Loe said. "They gave me a few starts and I'm feeling good. I'm throwing the ball well and getting a bunch of ground balls, feeling healthy and ready to go. I was up to 90-some pitches, so whatever they need out of me."

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez likes what he's ready from scouting reports and is interested to see Loe pitch live. Loe's best seasons were with the Brewers from 2010-12 and Gonzalez hopes Loe can find that form again with the Braves, who could use the help in the bullpen, especially after David Carpenter threw three innings of relief in a 10-6 loss Saturday.

"We're playing with one guy short in the bullpen and then [Saturday] with [Paul Maholm] coming out of his start short and using Carpenter for three innings, we feel more comfortable having another guy out there," Gonzalez said. "Loe's had a couple starts down there, so he can give you two or three innings out of the bullpen if you need it. The reports we've gotten is that his sinker is really good again."

Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.