LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When Matt Young was told Sunday that he’d made the Braves’ opening-day roster, the undersized underdog was so surprised that he “kind of blacked out” and didn’t hear the rest of what manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
When infielder Brandon Hicks was told he’d made the roster, he was equally surprised and overjoyed.
Young and Hicks, two long-time Braves minors leaguers that few expected to make the opening-day roster a few weeks ago, came on strong late in camp and were rewarded with spots on the 25-man roster that will be officially announced after Sunday’s game against the Phillies.
Infielder Brooks Conrad was also brought back in the other of the three bench jobs that were undecided when spring training began.
That presumably means Joe Mather will be left off