Braves Make Third Round Of Spring Roster Cuts

The Atlanta Braves have made their third round of spring training roster cuts:

Right-handed pitchers Juan Abreu and Jairo Asencio were optioned to Gwinnett (AAA) along with left-handed pitcher Mike Minor, infielder Diory Hernandez and outfielder Jordan Schafer.

So much on holding off on that Mike Minor fifth starter announcement. The Braves also optioned possibly two of their most effective relievers to Gwinnett, Abreu and Asencio. I wrote about this yesterday, and how much better they've pitched than either Scott Proctor or Cristhian Martinez.

The biggest news here is that with Diory Hernandez going to Gwinnett, it looks like Ed Lucas will win the final backup infield spot on the roster. Of course, Brandon Hicks is still on the roster, which includes 33 active players. Perhaps I was a bit hasty in cutting him from the MTM last week. Surely Hicks wouldn't be in the running for the backup infield spot?

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