ATLANTA (AP) -Braves closer Bob Wickman went on the disabled list with an upper back strain on Monday, one day after the veteran blew a save for the second straight time.
Wickman was unable to hold a two-run, ninth-inning lead in a 9-7, 11-inning loss to Colorado. He walked three and was charged with two runs.
Wickman also blew a save that cost Tim Hudson a win Wednesday at Florida. He also gave up two hits and walked two in a non-save situation on Friday.
Braves manager Bobby Cox said Wickman's control problems were based on his inability to extend his arm and follow through with his pitches.
Atlanta activated reliever Chad Paronto, who had been on DL since April 14 with a muscle near his groin. Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano could be used as closers in Wickman's absence.

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