The Braves released left-hander Wandy Rodriguez Friday morning, as they informed him he would not be in the 2015 rotation. Rodriguez had a clause in his minor league deal that allowed him to opt out if he was not going to make the 25-man Atlanta roster.
Rodriguez pitched well in the spring, posting a 3.13 ERA in six starts. He allowed eight runs on 22 hits in 23 innings, with eight walks and 23 strikeouts.
But the Braves were concerned Rodriguez would not make it through the season, as he has battled injuries the past two seasons. He even had shoulder discomfort in his last start of the spring earlier this week.
Plus, Rodriguez was outpitched by fellow southpaw Eric Stults, who had a 1.89 ERA in five games (one start). Stults allowed only four earned runs on 17 hits in 19 innings, with four walks and seven strikeouts.
Stults will likely now be the team’s fifth starter. He will make his final spring appearance on Saturday. Stults will remain in the rotation until Mike Minor returns from his shoulder injury, likely sometime in May.
The Braves are expected to send Mike Foltynewicz, acquired in January from Houston in the Evan Gattis trade, to Triple-A to start the season.
Atlanta also sent Chien-Ming Wang to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he will be a main backup starter for the Braves. The team also released veteran catcher Jesus Flores.
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Braves release Wandy Rodriguez
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