Braves Make Odd Player Personnel Move

According to David O'Brien of the AJC, after Friday night's game the Braves optioned Craig Kimbrel to triple-A Gwinnett and recalled reliever Christhian Martinez. Who? That's what I said.

We were talking in an earlier thread today about the Braves needing to recall Chris Resop at some point, he of the 2.03 ERA. Or Michael Dunn, who has a 0.47 ERA. But Christhian Martinez, the guy with the 5.04 ERA?

Martinez was taken off waivers from the Marlins back in early April, so he is on the Braves 40-man roster. Perhaps they want to see what they've got, but shouldn't that 5.04 ERA be a clue. He has also given up homeruns and multiple runs in each of his last two outings.

I will say this for him, he doesn't walk anyone. Only 4 walks in 25 innings.

The Braves likely sent down Kimbrel to get some more work. He wasn't being used a lot. Since being called up on the 5th of May, he has only made it into four games, the 7th and 8th, 15th, and 20th. So there was a lot of down time in between his outings. For him to develop into the closer we need him to for next season he needs to get all the innings he can this year, and getting them at triple-A should be just fine.

Still, a bit of an odd move. Should we go ahead and name this Martinez guy Manny Acosta part deux?

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