Braves release 1B Wilson to make room for C Pena

Updated: May 17, 2007, 5:43 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The Atlanta Braves activated left-hander Mark Redman from the 15-day disabled list Thursday in case John Smoltz hasn't recovered enough from a dislocated right pinky to start against the Boston Red Sox this weekend.

Redman, who is 0-4 with a 10.62 ERA, was sidelined by surgery for an ingrown nail on his right big toe.

He was put on the roster after Atlanta's 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals, when catcher Brayan Pena was optioned to Triple-A Richmond. Pena came off the disabled list before the game, taking the spot of first baseman Craig Wilson, who was released.

Smoltz was hurt in his last outing, against Washington on Monday. He said Wednesday that he expects to take his scheduled turn in the rotation Saturday at Fenway Park.

Wilson batted .172 (10-for-58) with one homer and two RBIs in 24 games. He started 17 games at first base and also played some outfield. He is in his seventh major league season, after stints with Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees.

"He just never got going," manager Bobby Cox said. "We sure thought he would."

Wilson hit .264 with 29 homers and 82 RBIs with Pittsburgh in 2004, his best major league season.

Scott Thorman has started at first base for the majority of Atlanta's games and will continue to start against left-handed pitchers, Cox said. Thorman entered Thursday's game batting .271 with 5 homers and 21 RBIs.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a 2003 first-round pick who hasn't played first base since high school, and Chris Woodward will also share playing time there, Cox said.

Pena missed 14 games with a concussion he sustained on May 1. He batted .217 (5-for-23) in 10 games.


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