Braves release struggling lefty Redman, call up Devine

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves gave struggling pitcher
Mark Redman his unconditional release on Tuesday and resumed the search
for a fifth starter.

Mark Redman


Starting Pitcher
Atlanta Braves


Former No. 1 pick Joey Devine was called up from Double-A

Redman, an All-Star with Kansas City in 2006, signed with
Atlanta during spring training after Mike Hampton went down with an

But Redman never got untracked for the Braves. In six
appearances, including five starts, Redman went 0-4 with an 11.63
ERA and gave up a staggering 38 hits in 21 2/3 innings.

The left-hander went on the disabled list this month for surgery
to remove an ingrown toenail. He returned to make his last
appearance Saturday, giving up a grand slam to Boston's Mike Lowell
in his first relief outing of the season.

"I still wanted to give him one more shot," manager Bobby Cox
said. "I thought it was only fair."

After Redman went on the disabled list, the Braves called up
Anthony Lerew to fill the fifth spot in the rotation. The rookie
had an impressive debut, then struggled in his last two outings
before going on the 15-day DL over the weekend with inflamed nerves
in his right forearm.

Devine, the Braves' top pick in the 2005 draft, is best known
for giving up an 18th-inning homer to Chris Burke in the opening
round of the playoffs that season. The homer ended the longest
postseason game in history and sent Houston to the NL Championship

Devine has struggled with his control during his previous stints
with the Braves. But the right-hander will at least provide an
extra arm in the bullpen through Saturday, when the Braves must
come up with another starter.

The budget-conscious Braves have already cut two free agents who
were signed before the season to fill out their roster.

Outfielder Craig Wilson, who got a $2 million, one-year deal,
was released last week after batting .172 in his brief stint with
Atlanta. Redman signed a $750,000 contract and didn't last much