ATLANTA (AP) -- Braves closer Bob Wickman went on the disabled
list with an upper back strain on Monday, one day after the veteran
blew a save for the second straight time.
Wickman was unable to hold a two-run, ninth-inning lead in a
9-7, 11-inning loss to Colorado. He walked three and was charged
with two runs.
Wickman also blew a save that cost Tim Hudson a win Wednesday at
Florida. He also gave up two hits and walked two in a non-save
situation on Friday.
Braves manager Bobby Cox said Wickman's control problems were
based on his inability to extend his arm and follow through with
Atlanta activated reliever Chad Paronto, who had been on DL
since April 14 with a muscle near his groin. Mike Gonzalez and
Rafael Soriano could be used as closers in Wickman's absence.