ATLANTA (AP) -Braves reliever Wilfredo Ledezma was stuck in Venezuela because of visa problems and Atlanta placed him on the restricted list Friday.
Ledezma went home for the All-Star break. Braves general manager John Schuerholz said Ledezma's visa was damaged ``in a washing incident'' and became detached from his passport.
Braves manager Bobby Cox said it is not unusual for foreign players to return home for the All-Star break.
``You would, too, if you could,'' Cox said.
The Braves hope Ledezma can return to the team by the middle of next week.
Atlanta recalled reliever Jose Ascanio from Double-A Mississippi. The right-hander, was expected to join the team for Friday night's game against Pittsburgh.
Ledezma is 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA in eight games since Detroit traded him June 20 to Atlanta for lefty reliever Macay McBride.
Ascanio appeared in 33 games for Mississippi, where he was 2-0 with a 2.44 ERA and five saves in five chances.

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