Braves release ex-NFL DB Sanders Commings from minor leagues

Former NFL defensive back Sanders Commings indicated on Twitter on Sunday night that he has been released by the Atlanta Braves, but he said he hopes to continue his attempt to switch to professional baseball "elsewhere."

The Danville Braves, Atlanta's advanced Rookie League affiliate where Commings had been playing, officially announced his release on Monday.

Commings, 27, agreed to a minor league deal with the Braves in February. In six games at Danville he was 2-for-13 (.154) with no home runs and one RBI. He had one extra-base hit (a double) and scored five runs. He started four games in the outfield, recording 11 putouts and one assist.

Before this year, Commings hadn't played baseball since high school in Augusta, Georgia. He was drafted out of high school by the Arizona Diamondbacks but chose to play college football at Georgia.

Commings was a fifth-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 NFL draft. He was released after two injury-plagued seasons with the Chiefs and turned his attention to baseball.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.