After the Atlanta Braves came back to win Tuesday's game in extra innings, the players waited patiently for Wednesday's game, but the Braves front office was busy moving players up and down between the majors and minors, trading players, and parting ways with a Braves legend. Here is a recap of the day's events:
- They placed pitcher Jorge Campillo on the DL for the second time this season with rotator cuff tendinitis.
- They recalled outfielder Brian Barton.
- They announced that they had released future Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine after they deemed he could not pitch at the major league level. Glavine said he was surprised and disappointed.
- The team announced that Kris Medlen would move to the bullpen.
- They announced that they would recall top prospect Tommy Hanson to start against the Brewers on Saturday, making his major league debut.
- Just after game time they announced that they had traded Charlie Morton, Gorkys Hernandez, and Jeff Locke to Pittsburgh for outfielder Nate McLouth.
Quite a busy day for the Atlanta Braves and their fans, and one with a lot of emotion, shock and excitement. The news of Tom Glavine was not the way I think many people, including Tom, wanted his career as a Brave to end. The news that another Tom, Tommy Hanson, would be finally called into big league service is what Atlanta fans have been waiting for all year.
At the end of the day the Braves strengthened their outfield (something they tried to do all off-season), acquired a lead-off hitter, strengthened their bullpen, and added the most promising pitching prospect they've had since Steve Avery to their major league rotation. I don't think anyone had any idea all of this would happen when they woke up this morning (probably not even the Braves front office).