Saturday the Braves announced that they were optioning Williams Perez to Triple-A and recalling Jake Brigham to the Major League club.
The move comes after a series of extremely disappointing starts from Perez, including last night's effort where the 24-year-old right-hander threw just 1.2 innings against the Yankees. In his last six starts, Perez has posted a 9.87 ERA. Opposing hitters have managed a .336/.427/.531 triple slash against him during that same period.
While it would have been a stretch to think that Perez could continue the success he had during May — where he posted a 2.66 ERA — it's also hard to believe that Perez is actually this bad. While the Braves aren't competing for anything at this point in the season, repeatedly sending him out to get crushed at the Major League level probably isn't the best strategy for Perez to work through his recent struggles.
Meanwhile, Jake Brigham continues his roller coaster season, moving back-and-forth between the minors and Atlanta. He has posted a 3.70 ERA in 97.1 innings across all levels in 2015.