The Atlanta Braves trimmed the 40-man roster some today with the loss of Lee Hyde and Jose Ortegano, according to David O'Brien.â†µ
Hyde is a Georgia Tech product drafted by the Braves in the fourth round in 2006. He is a lefty reliever who bounced around the minors for several years, but he never reached Atlanta. At 26 years old, he is just out of the Braves' plans going forward, and I can't really blame them too much. Relievers come and go, even left-handers. I'm sure we'll be seeing him coming out of the Nationals bullpen a few times, even this season.â†µ
Ortegano is a lefty starter who will be 23 this season, so this one is a little more surprising. He posted a 6.20 ERA in 103 AAA innings last season, and he hasn't had decent numbers for two seasons now, but it's never easy to give up on a young left-hander. He was claimed off waivers by the Yankees, which will give them more starting depth.â†µ
It's very likely neither player had a future with the Braves, or would impact the team in any way, but they did represent pitching depth so it's worth mentioning.â†µ
There is also a chance it could mean adding someone to the 40-man roster, such as Ed Lucas or Wilkin Ramirez, though it would not have been necessary due to Billy Wagner still sitting on the roster and Kris Medlen waiting to go to the 60-day DL.