Minor and Ortegano sent to Minor League camp
With a limited innings available to fill during games, the Braves have sent 10 pitchers back to Minor League camp.
Left-handed pitchers Lee Hyde, Jose Ortegano and Mike Minor, who was taken with the seventh overall selection in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, headlined the list of players who learned Monday that they were part of the club’s first round of cuts. At some point during the past couple of weeks, Braves manager Bobby Cox said that each of these young hurlers will pitch at the Major League level.
The most notable position player affected was outfielder Cody Johnson, who was the club’s first-round selection in the 2006 Draft.
With today’s cuts, Steve Marek, James Parr, Todd Redmond and Hyde were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Ortegano and right-handed pitchers Juan Abreu and Kyle Cofield were optioned to Double-A Mississippi.
As non-roster invitees, Johnson, Minor, right-handed pitcher Chris Resop and Erik Cordier and catchers Braeden Schlehuber and Jesus Sucre were all re-assigned to Minor League camp.
Here is the lineup for tonight’s game against the Nationals.