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Braves place Carpenter on disabled list

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Braves place Carpenter on disabled list
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Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, left, helps catcher Gerald Laird, center, off the field with trainer Jeff Porter as relief pitcher David Carpenter looks on against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning of the Rockies' 10-3 victory in a baseball game in Denver on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Laird was hit in the face by rockies batter Corey Dickerson as he was swinging at a pitch. The play acted as a catalyst for the ejection of Rockies' manager Walt Weiss after Dickerson was hit by a pitch when action resumed. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have placed reliever David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right biceps.

Carpenter got off to a good start in April, but a drop in velocity has contributed to a 5.19 ERA in his last 17 1-3 innings over the last two months.

Right-hander Pedro Beato was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday to take Carpenter's spot on the 25-man roster.

Carpenter described his problem as coming ''from dead legs and trying to overcompensate with the arm and the upper body.''

Carpenter hasn't been the only Atlanta reliever to struggle. The Braves' bullpen, which led the majors from 2011-13 with a 2.76 ERA, ranks 10th in the NL this season with a 3.59 ERA.

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