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Braves sign Bluefish lefty Tarsi

Updated 12:44 am, Saturday, July 21, 2012
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Left-hander Mike Tarsi began the season looking for a chance to prove himself. He was released by the Minnesota Twins organization in March. He then failed to land a spot with the Bridgeport Bluefish out of spring training.

Tarsi, a 25-year-old Danbury resident and former UConn standout, never lost his confidence in the face of adversity. He believed he would get a job.

And on May 15 he found what he was looking for when he was signed by the Bluefish.

Tarsi capitalized on his opportunity in the independent Atlantic League. He was rewarded for his performance Friday when he was signed by the Atlanta Braves organization.

"He certainly worked his way into an enviable position,'' Bluefish general manager Bob Goughan said. "He was a guy that we had in camp and then signed him when other left-handers didn't work out. So he gets on the club and he just does absolutely everything perfect other than one bad outing (against York May 29).''

Tarsi, who spent the first five seasons of his career with the Twins, will report to Mississippi in the Class AA Southern League. He will join the Braves in Jacksonville.

"It's great to see a player like Mike receive this opportunity,'' Bluefish manager Willie Upshaw said. "He has been an important cog in our pitching staff this year and we wish him the best of luck.'' Tarsi was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 appearances (two starts) this season. He had 25 strikeouts and six walks over 34 2/3 innings and he also had a streak of 15 scoreless innings at one point.

Tarsi was locked in over his last eight appearances (two starts) when he was 1-0 with 1.50 ERA in 24 innings.

"Whether he backed up a starter, started, worked as a seventh inning guy, a left-handed specialist, he was (outstanding),'' Goughan said. ``So he really deserves the situation he's gotten himself into.''

The Bluefish activated second baseman Brett Dowdy Friday at Lancaster to fill the open roster spot. Dowdy has been limited to just four games this season after sustaining a torn right hamstring April 29.

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