ATLANTA -- Braves reliever Wilfredo Ledezma was stuck in
Venezuela because of visa problems and Atlanta placed him on the
restricted list Friday.
Ledezma went home for the All-Star break. Braves general manager
John Schuerholz said Ledezma's visa was damaged "in a washing
incident" and became detached from his passport.
Braves manager Bobby Cox said it is not unusual for foreign
players to return home for the All-Star break.
"You would, too, if you could," Cox said.
The Braves hope Ledezma can return to the team by the middle of
Atlanta recalled reliever Jose Ascanio from Double-A
Mississippi. The right-hander, was expected to join the team for
Friday night's game against Pittsburgh.
Ledezma is 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA in eight games since Detroit
traded him June 20 to Atlanta for lefty reliever Macay McBride.
Ascanio appeared in 33 games for Mississippi, where he was 2-0
with a 2.44 ERA and five saves in five chances.