Braves put closer Vizcaino on DL with right oblique strain

Braves Snitker

The Atlanta Braves have placed struggling closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

Vizcaino left Friday's 11-2 loss to Colorado after throwing three pitches in the ninth. It was his first appearance since he missed four straight games with an infection on his right elbow.

Interim Braves manager Brian Snitker indicated that Jim Johnson, who had 101 saves for Baltimore from 2012-13, will get the first chance to close. Snitker also might use rookie Mauricio Cabrera.

Reliever Eric O'Flaherty was reinstated from the disabled list to take Vizcaino's spot on the roster.

The team doesn't know how long Vizcaino will be sidelined.

His hold on the job was tenuous before his latest injury. Though he's converted 19 of 23 save chances since last season, Vizcaino has a 5.11 ERA with 14 walks in his last 15 games.