Braves promote Kyle Wright

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In the flurry of September call-ups, Braves pitching prospect Kyle Wright has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and is expected to make his major league debut sometime over the next month. While Wright could eventually transition back into a starting role, Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that manager Brian Snitker has the right-hander tabbed to operate exclusively out of the bullpen, at least for the time being.

Wright, 22, was selected fifth overall in the 2017 amateur draft and currently ranks second in the Braves’ farm system behind fellow right-hander Mike Soroka, per MLB Pipeline. He made a rapid ascension through the minors over the last two years, jumping from Double-A to Triple-A in 2018 and shifted to relief during his last few outings in order to avoid bumping up against an innings limit, which would have compromised his ability to pitch in the majors this season. Over 27 appearances in 2018, the righty posted a combined 3.46 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 8.7 SO/9 through 138 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.

The Braves also selected the contract of outfielder Lane Adams, recalled outfielder Michael Reed and right-handed prospects Touki Toussaint and Bryse Wilson, and activated right-hander Shane Carle and catcher Rene Rivera to round out Saturday’s roster moves. Arodys Vizcaino has been temporarily shifted to the 60-day disabled list with a bout of right shoulder inflammation, but is expected to begin a rehab assignment on Sunday and remains on track to rejoin the team before the end of the regular season.

Morton, Braves reach $20 million, 1-year deal for 2023

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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have reached a deal with starting pitcher Charlie Morton on a $20 million, one-year contract for 2023 with a $20 million club option for 2024 that does not include a buyout.

Morton, 38, is 9-6 with a 4.29 ERA in 30 starts this season. The right-hander went 14-6 with a 3.34 ERA in 33 starts to help the club win the World Series last year. The two-time All-Star has compiled a 23-12 record and a 3.80 ERA with Atlanta since the start of last season, and his 416 strikeouts are third-most in the NL.

The deal was reached Friday. His contract this season is $20 million.

Morton’s 200 strikeouts this season are fifth-most in the NL, and he is one of just three pitchers in Atlanta franchise history to log at least 200 strikeouts in multiple seasons. Hall of Famers John Smoltz (five seasons) and Phil Niekro (three seasons) are the only others to do so. Morton fanned Wil Myers on April 14 earlier this season for the 1,500th strikeout of his career.

Originally drafted by Atlanta in the third round of 2002 out of Barlow High School in Redding, Connecticut, Morton made his major league debut with the Braves in 2008.

Morton was dealt to Pittsburgh the following year in a trade for outfielder Nate McLouth and spent seven seasons with the Pirates. He moved to Philadelphia for the 2016 season before joining Houston in 2017. He then played two years with Tampa Bay starting in 2019.