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Walden excited to be with Braves

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Posted at 10:42 PM, Feb 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-12 22:42:00-05

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Jordan Walden was flattered when he found out he was acquired by the Atlanta Braves for starting pitcher Tommy Hanson.

Now Walden hopes he's injury free and he finds a role in an already deep Braves bullpen.

Walden made 45 appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last year in a season interrupted by biceps and shoulder injuries. He went 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA and one save, losing his closer job to Ernesto Frieri.

The right-hander was an All-Star closer in 2011, but the Braves have Craig Kimbrel in that role. Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty are Atlanta's setup men.