The Braves released Wes Helms from his minor league contract on Thursday, ending an experiment to see if the former Brave could regain his form in Triple-A Gwinnett. Helms hit .176 (6-for-34) in nine games there. He told Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez in a phone call Thursday night he’s been bothered by a heel injury.
“He said ‘I can’t help you, and I’m not going to put the Braves in that situation,’” said Gonzalez, who managed Helms with the Marlins. “He was really appreciative of the opportunity that we gave him.”…
The Braves called up reliever Anthony Varvaro and catcher J.C. Boscan in their first wave of September call-ups. They’re expected to add just three or four more, Gonzalez said, including Peter Moylan, who’s slated to come off the disabled list on Monday. Both Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran are expected to join the roster and make spot starts in the coming week – Delgado to pitch in place of the injured Jair Jurrjens on Sunday and Teheran to pitch the second game of the Braves’ doubleheader Thursday in New York….
Freddie Freeman was out of the lineup Thursday night to rest his left quadriceps, which he strained running out a groundball during the Braves last homestand. It was mainly precautionary and to get Eric Hinske in the lineup who was 13-for-32 with two homers against Chien-Ming Wang. Martin Prado got the night off just as a breather. He was 2-for-his-last-26 entering Thursday night.
“The last time we gave him a breather, he came back and got three hits the next day, went 3-for-4,” said Gonzalez, referring to Prado’s three-hit, two-double game Aug. 20 against Arizona.