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Braves call up Luke Jackson, designate Chris Stewart for assignment

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The Atlanta Braves made another roster move in advance of Wednesday’s series finale against the Washington Nationals. Atlanta has selected the contract of reliever Luke Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated catcher Chris Stewart for assignment.

Jackson was dropped from the spring roster after allowing seven hits and five earned runs in 5.1 innings. He appeared in 43 games for the Braves last season posting a 4.62 ERA in 50.2 innings.

The Braves signed Stewart this offseason to a Major League deal with the hopes that he would provide some depth behind Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki. With Flowers on the disabled list and Suzuki missing time due to a hand injury, Stewart was pressed into duty early. He is 3-for-14 at the plate over five games. Atlanta is likely hoping that Stewart will pass through waivers and then accept an assignment to Gwinnett where he can work with some of the team’s young pitchers.

Stewart’s departure from the active roster likely means that Suzuki is progressing well from his hand injury and will be good enough to play over the weekend in Colorado.

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