Braves recall reliever Childers

Updated: May 17, 2005, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- The Atlanta Braves placed pitcher John Thomson on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Matt Childers from Triple-A Richmond of the International League.

John Thomson
Starting Pitcher
Atlanta Braves
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The Braves, hoping Thomson will not need surgery, did not wait on the results of an MRI exam on his right middle finger before placing him on the disabled list.

Childers, 26, appeared in eight games for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002. He has worked in 15 games for Richmond this season.

Thomson was back in Atlanta on Tuesday to see Dr. Gary Lourie, the team's hand specialist.

Childers was expected to arrive before the start of Tuesday night's game in San Diego.

Braves relievers had to fill in after early exits by starters Mike Hampton in the third inning Saturday at Los Angeles and Thomson in the fifth inning Monday at San Diego.

Hampton's forearm tightness isn't expected to keep him from making his next start Friday at Boston.

Thomson said he felt a pop in his finger as he threw a pitch and a sharp pain that caused him to hop off the mound holding his hand Monday night.

The initial diagnosis was a strained flexor tendon, but the Braves feared the tendon could be torn.

Thomson is 11-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 24 starts since early July.

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