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Harper, Russell disabled; Carrithers, Woolley to Mississippi

April 22, 2013 - Southern League (SL) - Mississippi Braves News Release

PEARL, MS -- The Mississippi Braves and Atlanta Braves have announced several transactions effective today, Monday, April 22. OF Kyle Russell (right shoulder subluxation) and RHP Ryne Harper (right shoulder strain) have been placed on the disabled list. Both injuries are retroactive to April 21. In corresponding moves, INF Alden Carrithers has been reassigned to Double-A Mississippi from Triple-A Gwinnett and RHP Ryan Woolley has been promoted from High-A Lynchburg.

Carrithers, 28, started the season with the M-Braves and had played in two of the M-Braves first three games (0-4) before moving up to Triple-A Gwinnett on April 7. With the Gwinnett Braves, Carrithers was hitting .320 with one double and a triple in nine games. The California native spent the entire 2012 season with Double-A Mississippi, posting a .315 batting average.

Harper, 24, has posted a record of 1-0 with three saves and no ERA in five outings for the M-Braves. Harper picked up his first win of the season on April 20 at Mobile. He also drove in two runs with a double in the top of the ninth to lead the M-Braves to an 8-5 victory. The Clarksville, TN, native was originally drafted by the Braves in the 37th round of the 2011 draft out of Austin Peay.

Russell, 26, was signed by the Atlanta Braves as a free agent during Spring Training. He was hitting .292 including two doubles and a homer in 14 games with the M-Braves. Russell was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Texas. He spent time with Double-A Chattanooga during the past three seasons.

In five outings with High-A Lynchburg, Woolley has yet to allow a run. The 25-year-old right-handed pitcher has given up two unearned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out nine batters in six and two-thirds innings.

Woolley was originally drafted by the Braves in the sixth round of the 2009 draft and by the Rangers in the 39th round of the 2010 draft but did not sign with either team. He was drafted again in the 13th round of the 2011 draft by Detroit and spent two seasons in the Tigers farm system. After his Spring Training release, Woolley signed with the Braves in late March.

The Mississippi roster has 25 active players and 6 disabled.

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