The Houston Astros of Saturday had three left-handed relievers on the 40-man roster: Tony Sipp, Kevin Champman, and Ashur Tolliver. That listed has been reduced by one on Monday.
The Astros placed Kevin Chapman on waivers on Sunday and he was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves on Monday.
The Braves have claimed LHP Kevin Chapman off waivers from the Houston Astros.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 13, 2017
Chapman, 29, was originally acquired by the Astros in 2012 for Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero. He first appeared with the Astros in 2013, allowing just four runs on 13 hits over 20 1⁄3 in 25 games.
Chapman only appeared in 33 major league games over the following three seasons. He struggled the last two season with Triple-A Fresno posting 4.75 and 4.87 ERA over the past two seasons respectively.
Chapman appeared in three Spring Training before joining Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic, allowed three earned runs on five hits over three innings. He allowed two earned runs on two hits over two innings in two games with Team Canada.
The Astros were happy to run with only Tony Sipp as the team’s only left-handed reliever in the bullpen. But could this mean Ashur Tolliver could make the 25-man roster with Chapman gone?