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Rejoice for Redman is GONE!

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Today I feel a joy coming from the Braves that I have not felt since the Braves took the '95 World Series from the Cleveland Indians. Today, Mark Redman has been granted his unconditional release! The decision was made to release the veteran starter before the series against the division-rival Mets. In his place, Joey Devine has been recalled from double-A Mississippi, where saying that he was outplaying his competition might be an understatement. Redman, who was signed in the wake of the news that Mike Hampton was again lost for the season went 0-4 with an 11.63 ERA in five starts and gave up a grand slam to Mike Lowell in his only relief appearance of the season. Needless to say we all probably knew this was coming after the Boston series. Redman was basically awful or beyond that every time he toed the rubber. Devine, the Braves first round selection from 2005 already has 11.1 major league innings under his belt and some very unmemorable playoff experience as well. Devine has used an almost side-armed delivery with a good fastball and nasty slider to annihilate opposing batters this season. In 22.1 innings as Mississippi's closer, Devine has a 1.61 ERA with 27 strikeouts, and only 8 walks and 14 hits allowed to go along with his 10 saves and .187 BAA. He has a great arm but mental issues have been the only problem between him and major league success so far. The plan is for Devine to stay up until Saturday when either Buddy Carlyle or Trey Hodges will get the start in place of Anthony Lerew, but if Devine comes on strong he could make it hard to send him down with Chad Paronto underachieving in the pen.

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