Wilson Released, Salty to Stay
Craig Wilson was brought in before the season to be a the righty power bat off the bench and occasional starter at first and in the outfield. A bum shoulder kept him from the outfield and the .172 mark with 2 RBIs just wasn't getting it done, so the Braves decided to grant Wilson his unconditional release on Thursday morning. Brayan Pena was activated from the 15-day DL and will take Wilson's spot on the roster.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Braves top prospect who was recently called up, will remain on the team as a backup catcher and first baseman. The 22-year old Saltalamacchia will most likely be getting most of his work as the backup catcher and will play infrequently at first, giving Scott Thorman the chance to prove he is capable of hitting left-handed pitching. This is what we were told would be the case coming out of spring training but obviously Wilson's bum shoulder cut into the rookie's playing time. Brayan Pena most likely will be headed back to Richmond in favor of a pitcher for the upcoming series with the Red Sox.
This is a bit random, but if you didn't catch the game this afternoon, Chad Paronto again came in and was ineffective. Paronto blew the game and has now given up runs in four of his past five outings. I would be SHOCKED to see him still in a Braves uniform at the end of the week after yet another scoreless appearance for Blaine Boyer, in which he struck out three in two innings. Paronto was looking like a key piece of the pen but since his injury the sinker just isn't sinking and Moylan's is.