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Chavez, Pillar highlight non-roster invitees to Braves camp

ATLANTA (AP) — Pitcher Jesse Chavez and outfielder Kevin Pillar highlight 26 players with minor league contracts invited to spring training by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old Chavez had been effective as a long reliever out of the Braves' bullpen the last two seasons, going 3-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 46 appearances over two stints with the team a year ago.

Chavez re-signed with the Braves in the offseason, giving the team another low-risk option in an already deep bullpen.

The 34-year-old Pillar is looking to bounce back from a fractured shoulder that sidelined him for most of last season.