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52 Jordan Walden RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 11/16/1987 | Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: St. Louis | College: Grayson County College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $541,500 | Owned/Started%: 4/3 | Average Draft Position: 288.54
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Braves acquire Miller from Cardinals in exchange for Heyward


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Braves and Cardinals announced a significant trade Monday afternoon. The Braves acquired starting pitcher Shelby Miller and pitcher Tyrell Jenkins from St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden.

"It was very difficult to trade Jason, but deal was made to help us short-term and long-term," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "This deal also improves us in an area where we are woefully, woefully thin -- our minor-league system."

Heyward had been mentioned in trade rumors leading up to Monday's deal. He is in the final year of his contract after signing a two-year extension in Feb. 2014. The 25-year-old outfielder is coming off a disappointing 2014 season. He hit .271 with a .384 slugging percentage, .735 OPS, 11 home runs, 26 doubles and 58 RBI in 149 games.

The 24-year-old Miller is also coming off a disappointing campaign. The once highly touted pitching prospect went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 32 appearances (31 starts). While he reached a career high in innings (183), Miller struggled with his command (3.6 BB/9) and saw his strikeout rate drop significantly (6.2 K/9).

"As we look at Shelby, we see that he has a chance to become a front-of-line rotation type of guy," Hart said.

Walden, the former Angels' All-Star closer in 2011, is under team control through 2016. He was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and three saves in 58 appearances for Atlanta last season.

Jenkins is a former top-100 prospect whose career has been slowed by a shoulder injury he sustained in 2013. He returned to action in 2014, going 6-5 with a 3.28 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 13 starts at high Class A.


Report: Walden, La Stella could be on trading block for Braves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Reliever Jordan Walden and second baseman Tommy La Stella are among the players the Braves might trade this offseason, according to MLB.com writer Mark Bowman. Walden is set to make around $3 million in arbitration.

Jordan Walden records rare save Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden recorded his third save of the season Wednesday night against the Mets. Walden struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect frame, needing only 13 pitches to secure a 3-1 win. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 23 1/3 innings of relief.

Jordan Walden records save in extras


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden got a rare save opportunity Friday against the Nationals, as he closed out a 6-4 win in the 13th inning.

Walden set the side down in order on just 12 pitches to finish off the win, striking out one batter. He recorded his second save in as many chances, while lowering his season ERA to 3.44 in 18 1/3 innings.  


Jordan Walden activated for Tuesday's game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) The Braves officially activated reliever Jordan Walden from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, as expected. Walden has recovered from his hamstring injury, and will be available for that evening's game against the Rockies. 

Braves expected to activate Jordan Walden on Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) The Braves are leaning toward activating reliever Jordan Walden for Tuesday's game in Colorado, reports MLB.com. Walden has finished rehabbing from his hamstring injury, and there was some speculation he could be activated Monday.

Jordan Walden could be activated Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden has had his next rehab appearance pushed back one day to Sunday to give him a little extra rest, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Walden could be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the team Tuesday in Colorado if all goes well with Sunday's outing. He has been sidelined since early May due to a hamstring injury.


Jordan Walden could return Monday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Braves reliever Jordan Walden might not need much longer on his minor-league rehab assignment, as he could be back with the team by the start of a series in Colorado this Monday.

Walden is working his way back from a hamstring injury, and made his rehab debut Thursday. If he can get through an appearance Saturday without a setback, Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he could be back in the majors shortly.

"(Thursday) was a good outing," Gonzalez said. "Report was good, his leg's good. He'll throw another one and if everything goes well and he doesn't need another (rehab game) he can join us in Colorado."


Jordan Walden shows rust in rehab debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Braves reliever Jordan Walden was not particularly sharp on his rehab debut Thursday, as he failed to get out of the first inning for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Pitching for the first time in more than a month, Walden looked a bit rusty. He struck out two batters in two-thirds of an innings, but tossed a wild pitch and allowed two runs on one hit before being pulled. He tossed 23 pitches in the frame, and there is no indication he suffered a setback with his hamstring at this point. 


Jordan Walden ready to roll in rehab stint


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Braves reliever Jordan Walden will be pitching the first of at least two rehab assignments Thursday for Triple-A Gwinnett. He has been dealing with a hamstring issue that has prevented him from appearing in a game for the big-league club since May 4.

Jordan Walden could return during trip to Colorado


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden could be back from the disabled list within the next week, according to MLB.com Tuesday.

Walden completed another bullpen session without suffering a setback in his left hamstring injury, and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment soon. Walden has been on the disabled list since May 5, and could be back in time for a four-game series in Colorado next week.  


Jordan Walden on comeback trail


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday as he works his way back from a strained hamstring, reports the Braves Radio Network. Walden said Tuesday's session, his third, was the best yet and he hopes to return to the team after only two rehab appearances.

Walden posted a 2.92 ERA in 14 appearances before the injury.


Jordan Walden's hamstring setback to cost him few weeks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden will be out until at least the middle of June due to a hamstring injury, according to MLB.com.

Walden was eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, but is not anywhere near a return. He suffered a setback in recent days and will have to be cleared to throw off a mound once again, and there isn't a clear timetable at this point. 


Jordan Walden won't throw off a mound for a while


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday it's going to be a while until reliever Jordan Walden (hamstring) gets back on a mound. Gonzalez added Walden needs more time to rest the hamstring.

Jordan Walden could throw 'pen session Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Braves reliever Jordan Walden (hamstring) was re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday and could throw a bullpen as early as Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. He has been playing catch up to distances of 120 feet.

"It's feeling a lot better just got to keep working on it, get some more strength in there, hopefully I'll be on the mound soon," Walden said.


Jordan Walden shelved on DL with hamstring problem


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) A strained left hamstring has landed Braves reliever Jordan Walden on the disabled list, retroactive to May 5. He has been plagued with the ailment since spring training.

Walden has pitched through it quite well, however. He recorded 10 consecutive scoreless appearances until yielding two runs in his last outing on Sunday. He has not pitched since.


Jordan Walden collects one-out save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden was called upon with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning of a 7-5 lead against the Mets Saturday and recorded the final out of the game to pick up his first save of the season.

Walden has proven capable of handling the closer role should Craig Kimbrel ever deal with a long-term injury, and he excelled in a high-pressure situation caused by Kimbrel Saturday. Walden owns a 2.84 ERA and 11:4 K:BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel dealing with shoulder soreness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is dealing with shoulder soreness, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Kimbrel wasn't used in a save situation Monday even though he hadn't pitched in Sunday's game, and it turns out he's dealing with an injury that's thought to be minor. The team would likely turn to Jordan Walden if Kimbrel needs a break, though Walden was unavailable Monday after pitching the previous three days.


Jordan Walden pitches scoreless inning in return to action


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden saw his first game action in nine days Monday, pitching a scoreless eighth inning in his team's 7-5 loss to the Astros.

Walden had been out since March 15 while dealing with a sore hamstring, but he'll break camp with the team as long as he doesn't suffer another injury. He's given up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out five this spring.


Jordan Walden sidelined by sore hamstring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Braves reliever Jordan Walden hasn't pitched in a week because of a sore hamstring, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He ran Saturday and will throw a side session Sunday.

Braves, Jordan Walden avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2013) The Braves have avoided arbitration with pitcher Jordan Walden, with the two sides agreeing to a one-year, $1.49-million deal, 1500ESPN.com reports. Walden, 26, went 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 54:14 K:BB ratio in 47 innings last season, his first with the Braves.

Braves tender lengthy list of arbitration candidates


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Faced with a bevy of arbitration-eligible players ahead of Monday's non-tender deadline, the Braves opted to bring back all but three of them. Only one was actually signed to a contract, as the team agreed to undisclosed terms on a one-year deal with infielder Ramiro Pena, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The team also tendered contracts to nine other players, whose salaries for 2014 will be determined by the arbitration process, unless contracts can be agreed upon. Pitchers Craig KimbrelBrandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Jordan Walden; infielders Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer will all return to the team next season. 


Jordan Walden throws in instructional league game


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) Braves reliever Jordan Walden threw an inning in an instructional league game and didn't feel bothered by lingering groin or shoulder injuries, MLB.com reports. 

Walden did not make the Braves' NLDS roster due to the injury concerns, but he could be an option for the NLCS or World Series should the club advance. Walden posted a 3.45 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 47 innings.


Jordan Walden allows two runs in return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Braves pitcher Jordan Walden returned to action Saturday after a successful bullpen session Friday, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits, one wild pitch and a throwing error on a pickoff move while recording two outs (both via strikeout) in his team's 5-4 loss to the Phillies.

Walden is expected to throw again Tuesday, either in an instructional-league game in Florida or in a simulated game in Atlanta, before the team determines whether to include him on the postseason roster for the divisional round, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Walden has surrendered six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings over four appearances during September. He is 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 54:14 K:BB ratio in 47 innings.


Jordan Walden could be ready to return Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Braves reliever Jordan Walden completed a bullpen session without any discomfort prior to Tuesday's game against the Marlins. Walden could be used as early as Thursday afternoon, according to MLB.com.