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  • March 18, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

    ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have placed struggling closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Carolina Hurricanes Gear .Vizcaino left Friday nights 11-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies after throwing three pitches in the ninth. It was his first appearance since he missed four straight games with an infection on his right elbow.Interim Braves manager Brian Snitker indicated that Jim Johnson, who had 101 saves for the Baltimore Orioles from 2012-13, will get the first chance to close. Snitker also might use rookie Mauricio Cabrera.Reliever Eric OFlaherty was reinstated from the disabled list to take Vizcainos spot on the roster.The team doesnt know how long Vizcaino will be sidelined.Its just time-consuming, Snitker said. Youve got to calm everything down until you dont feel anything before you start throwing again or you end up really screwing things up. Youve just got be patient wanting to get back and get everything good again.Vizcainos hold on the job was tenuous before his latest injury. Though hes converted 19 of 23 save chances since last season, Vizcaino has a 5.11 ERA with 14 walks in his last 15 games.Vizcaino went 1-0 with a 1.52 ERA with seven walks in his first 23 games.Snitker said the Braves, who own baseballs worst record, view Vizcaino as a long-term solution in the back of their bullpen.I talked to him a few weeks ago, Snitker said. Hes a huge part of what were trying to do here. Hes a young kid who cares a lot. What he brings is going to be valuable to the Atlanta Braves for a long time.Vizcaino was suspended for the first 80 games last season after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. He had elbow ligament reconstructive surgery and missed the 2012 and 13 seasons.OFlaherty had a 1.50 ERA with no walks and eight strikeouts in six rehab appearances. Carolina Hurricanes Shirts . - After leading the Saints to a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, Drew Brees expressed confidence in the direction of his team and, perhaps more importantly, showed a willingness to listen to contract proposals if the team needs his help getting under the NFLs salary cap. Fake Hurricanes Jerseys . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. . -- New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is retiring after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy. GREENVILLE, N.C. -- B.J. Tyson had 17 points and Andre Washington made 5 of 6 from the floor for 13 points and blocked five shots as East Carolina ran away from Hampton in the final half of second period for a 68-48 win on Tuesday night.Kentrell Barkley made 5 of 9 field goal attempts for 12 points and had six rebounds for East Carolina.East Carolina (6-2), which has won five straight at home, made 51 percent of its field goals, while holding Hampton to just 18-of-64 (28%) shooting. Easst Carolina was up 36-28 at the break. Carolina Hurricanes Pro Shop. A.J. Astroth hit a jump shot as Hampton closed to 42-41 with 13:37 remaining. Barkley made two free throws and Tyson nailed a jumper to start East Carolina on a 10-0 run and a 52-41 lead at the 9:36 mark. Hampton could not recover.Jermaine Marrow led Hampton (1-6), which has lost five straight, with 12 points. ' ' '