Atlanta Braves Release Pitcher Lance Cormier

Saturday, December 8, 2007
Lance Cormier
Lance Cormier
- photo by Tim Evearitt (file photo)

ATLANTA -- Lance Cormier can officially begin his search for a new employer. The Braves have requested waivers on the right-handed pitcher with the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

Cormier was removed from the Braves' 40-man roster last week when he was designated for assignment. Instead of having to wait the allotted 10 days to see if he'd be claimed off waivers or traded, he now knows that he'll be released from the organization and become a free agent.

Cormier, who is 5-14 with a 6.55 ERA in 23 career starts, had earned a spot in the Atlanta rotation before suffering a right shoulder injury during the final week of Spring Training this year. The 27-year-old right-hander was sidelined for most of the season's first two months and made just two starts for Atlanta in June before being sent to Triple-A Richmond, where he went 4-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 10 starts.

Dating back to October, the Braves have never indicated that Cormier factored into their plans for 2008.


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