At­lanta Braves des­ig­nate Wick­man for as­sign­ment

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

ST. LOUIS — The At­lanta Braves cut ties with strug­gling closer Bob Wick­man on Fri­day, des­ig­nat­ing him for as­sign­ment.

The move came a day af­ter Wick­man sur­ren­dered a game-win­ning two-run home run to the Reds’ Adam Dunn in the 12th in­ning of a 9-7 loss. Wick­man is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 20 saves in 26 chances.

Man­ager Bobby Cox did not re­veal his new closer, which could be one of sev­eral pitch­ers.

The Braves also re­called right-han­ders Jose As­canio and Joey Devine from Dou­ble-A Mis­sis­sippi and TripleA Rich­mond, re­spec­tively. In­fielder Martin Prado was op­tioned to Rich­mond.

Wick­man, 38, saved his 20th game on Aug. 15 against the Gi­ants, a night af­ter blow­ing his sixth save. He has eight ca­reer 20-save sea­sons, in­clud­ing three in a row.

Wick­man was 38-for-45 in save op­por­tu­ni­ties with a 2.88 ERA since join­ing the Braves on July 23, 2006.

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