A hastily written post from Carroll Rogers (a comment on the AJC blog) reads in part:
josh Anderson was cut lillibridge and borchard to richmond ridgway was cut, sammons was cut
so that would leave five bench guys: prado, Blanco, Miller, Pena and Gotay. then two guys battling for the final pitcher spot (smoltz’s spot) bennett and carlyle with the edge to bennett.
I don’t think that this means that Anderson, Sammons, or Ridgway were actually let loose by the team. Rather, they finished last season on the major league roster, while Lillibridge and Borchard were already assigned to Richmond. Maybe I’m wrong, but there’s no way the team would let Anderson or Sammons (who both have options) go.
This would mean that the Braves will start the season with three catchers. Pena presumably would back up at first and (if someone is already out of the game) the outfield corners. I expect that they’re still trying to trade him, and when that happens (if a roster spot opens up) Anderson or Borchard would get the callup, unless Infante is ready by then.
I’ve no idea why they couldn’t make the call on Carlyle/Bennett, unless (again) there’s a trade in the works and a bullpen spot might open up.
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