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Angels Trade Left-Hander Downs To Atlanta For Minor Leaguer Rasmus

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Reliever Scott Downs #37 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in a MLB game on September 20, 2011 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Angels defeated the Jays 10-6. (credit: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Reliever Scott Downs #37 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in a MLB game on September 20, 2011 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Angels defeated the Jays 10-6. (credit: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have added a needed left-hander to their bullpen by acquiring Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league righty Cory Rasmus.

The Braves have lost left-handed relievers Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty to season-ending elbow injuries. The 37-year-old Downs joins Luis Avilan as lefties in Atlanta’s bullpen.

Downs was 2-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 43 games with the Angels. He is 36-35 with a 3.47 ERA in 12 seasons.

Downs had 29 consecutive scoreless appearances from May 5-July 23 before giving up three hits and two runs in a 3-1 loss at Oakland in his last outing with the Angels on Saturday.

Rasmus had an 8.10 ERA in three appearances with Atlanta this season before he was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on June 18.

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