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Can't resist a Don Ho reference, probably the last you'll ever read on the Office. I mention the island icon because the Braves have imported a new retread for the bullpen, native Hawaiian Tyler Kali Yates.
Yates, 28, missed last year following rotator cuff surgery and was released by the Baltimore organization a month into this season.
Feeling that his shoulder was almost all the back back, Yates set up a workout at the Houston Astros training camp in Florida for several team and Braves director of minor league operations J.J. Picollo liked what he saw.
The Braves immediately signed the native of Hawaii in early May and Yates had a 2.16 ERA in seven appearances. In 8-1/3 innings, he allowed six hits, walked three and struck out 10.
"Everyone was raving about him," Braves manager Bobby Cox. "We've been wanting to get a look at him up here."
Yates has a fastball that reached 95-96 mph at Richmond and also a good slider. He occasionally mixes in a changeup.
Lance Cormier was optioned to Richmond to make room for Yates. The way our 'pen is going, Kali might be closing games by August. Ridiculous? No more so than the idea of Ken Ray closing games in May.