Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Transaction goof leaves Braves with 24 players

CHICAGO — A front office mistake left the Braves short a player for their game against the Cubs on Sunday.

The Braves announced four hours before the scheduled first pitch that they had selected the contract of veteran utility player Emilio Boni­facio from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned RH reliever Chris Withrow to Gwinnett.

One problem: Bonifacio isn't eligible to be on the Braves' 25-man roster until Saturday because it hasn't been 30 days since he was released by Atlanta and re-signed to a minor-league deal.

And bringing back Withrow wasn't an option.

"I just saw him leave," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

So the Braves had only 24 players, even as Bonifacio wandered around their clubhouse Sunday morning.

"It's sort of a perfect storm of weird circumstances," said Billy Ryan, Atlanta's director of baseball operations. "The fact that he signed back with us after being released off a big-league deal in spring training, and that sort of ties our hands with what we can do with him with respect to the next few days."

The commissioner's office informed the Braves of their mistake after they announced the move. So Bonifacio didn't even get to unpack before he was sent back to Gwinnett.

"It is unfortunate," Ryan said. "We just spoke to Boni and explained it to him. We feel bad for him and having to explain it to him. We'll just have to move on from there."

Bonifacio, 31, was designated for assignment April 2. He was released April 6, then re-signed with Atlanta on a minor-league deal four days later.

The 30-day clock for him rejoining the big-league roster starts on the date of his release, not the day he was designated for assignment.

PITCHER SUED: Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez was named in a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed he knowingly transmitted multiple sexually transmitted diseases to her. She is seeking $1.5 million in damages for battery, negligent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, fraud and more. In other Cardinals news, SS Jhonny Peralta (thumb) took grounders and threw to first for the first time since his injury in spring training.

ANGELS: RH starter Matt Shoemaker was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after posting a 9.15 ERA in five starts.

GIANTS: OF Angel Pagan is listed as day to day and expected to miss at least 2-3 games after suffering a mild hamstring strain.

ORIOLES: Closer Zach Britton said he hopes to avoid the disabled list after leaving Saturday's game with an ankle injury. "I think I'd be surprised if I had to go on the DL, but we'll see how it feels," said the left-hander, who was on crutches and wearing a walking boot. … SS J.J. Hardy is scheduled to have a CT scan today after fouling a ball off his left foot.

RANGERS: OF/DH Josh Hamilton received a cortisone shot after feeling recurring discomfort in his ailing left knee during his rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco.

REDS: RHP Raisel Iglesias went on the 15-day disabled list with an impingement in his right shoulder. … SS Zack Cozart left in the eighth inning with an apparent injury to his surgically repaired right knee.

WHITE SOX: Closer David Robertson was reinstated from the bereavement list after a three-day absence. The right-hander left the team Thursday after the death of his father-in-law.

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