Already having been released by the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs this year, Loe signed a minor league contract with the Braves in mid-May, making two appearances with Atlanta in late July before being outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett after the Braves acquired Scott Downs.
Loe managed to make his way into the starting rotation, where he gave up one run or fewer in four of his final five starts.
"I ended up talking my way into the starting rotation down there," Loe said. "I wanted to do that so I could work on my changeup, my cutter, a couple other things that I felt like I needed to do, and it gave me a chance to get a lot of repetitions, which is good."
The opportunity isn't lost on Loe either. Not many get a second chance in the bigs with the same team after being outrighted, especially after giving up three runs in just 2 2/3 innings.
"It's awesome," Loe said. "It's a real privilege for me to come up here and help this team out. Being with a first-place team, I'm really excited and really honored to be here."
The Braves made room for Loe on the 40-man roster by moving Tim Hudson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
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