Thomson has struggled all spring and entered the game with a
7.71 ERA in four starts. He is one of seven pitchers looking for a
spot in the rotation and has heard his name mentioned in trade
speculation since last season, when he missed three months with a
strained flexor tendon in his right middle finger.
With the emergence of several new faces that filled in during
the Braves' injury-riddled 2005 season, Thomson said he was ready
for anything even though he wanted to remain in Atlanta.
"I try to ignore the rumors," Thomson said. "But you look at
seven guys and five openings, it's there in my mind. I try not to
let it bother me, but I want to stay in Atlanta. For one, it's a
great pitcher's park. Who would want to leave?"
Thomson's name has been mentioned as the Braves shop for bullpen
Manager Bobby Cox said Thomson had his best outing of the
"He was really effective. When he can locate his pitches he is
as impressive as anybody," Cox said.
Thomson allowed one run, five hits and walked none.
C.C. Sabathia was equally impressive for the Indians, allowing
one run in six innings. Sabathia had also gotten off to a slow
spring start, entering with an ERA of 8.76. But he allowed just
four hits and struck out six.
The Indians opened the scoring in the sixth when Todd
Hollandsworth doubled and former Braves prospect Andy Marte
followed with a run-scoring double.
The Braves tied it in the bottom half when Tony Pena scored on a
sacrifice fly by James Jurries.
The Braves trimmed 10 players off their spring roster, most
notably RHP Andrew Lerew and top catching prospect Jarrod
Saltalamacchia. The Braves now have 35 players in camp.