Atlanta Braves designate Wickman for assignment
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.