LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves trimmed seven more from their spring-training roster Thursday, including pitchers Aaron Blair, Max Fried and Lucas Sims and infielder Johan Camargo, who had a chance to make the team this spring before a rash of errors (six) convinced team officials he needed more development.
Five from the 40-man roster were optioned: Camargo and right-handers Blair, Sims and Akeel Morris were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, and left-hander Fried was optioned to Double-A Mississippi. Two non-roster invitees, lefty A.J. Minter and infielder Travis Demeritte, were reassigned to minor league camp.
Players on the 40-man roster must be optioned to a minor league team when sent down, while non-roster players are reassigned to minor league camp and can be assigned to an affiliate at that time or later in spring training.
Minor league spring-training games begin Friday.
The moves left the Braves with 40 active players in big-league camp, including 21 pitchers and six catchers. Thirteen of the remaining 40 in camp have less than one year of major league service, including top prospects Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies.