Brothers passed through waivers unclaimed and was dropped from the Braves' 40-man roster. Brothers has only appeared in one game at the major-league level this season and will continue being utilized out of the bullpen with Triple-A Gwinnett moving forward. The Braves also announced that Josh Ravin and Lane Adams were outrighted to Gwinnett after clearing waivers.
The Braves optioned Brothers to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Brothers made an appearance in the Braves' Opening Day win over the Phillies, walking two batters on 12 pitches and not recording an out. The 30-year-old struggled similarly with a 7.23 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 23.2 innings for the Braves in 2017 and will likely have to illustrate better control at Gwinnett in order to make it back to the major-league roster.
Brothers agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Braves on Thursday. Brothers will return to Atlanta for a second season after avoiding salary arbitration with Thursday's non-guaranteed contract. The veteran reliever appeared in 27 games for the Braves last season, posting a 7.23 ERA (3.66 FIP) over 23.2 innings of work. As has been the case throughout his professional career, Brothers flashed impressive strikeout upside (31.4 percent K-rate), but continued to struggle with his command (11.4 percent walk rate). Barring any major mechanical adjustments, he'll likely be no more than a low-leverage relief arm for the Braves in 2018.
Brothers was called up by the Braves on Friday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports. Brothers looks to provide more depth to Atlanta's bullpen as the club brings up a wave of September call-ups prior to Friday's game against the Cubs. During 17 relief appearances with the big-league team this season, Brothers has posted an ugly 7.63 ERA, including six earned runs over his last three innings of action. He figures to see time during low-leverage situations moving forward.
Brothers was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday. Brothers hasn't turned many heads since being summoned to the Braves at the end of June -- he's posted a weak 7.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 15.1 innings -- so he'll head back to the minors for some more seasoning before returning sometime after rosters expand in September. The move clears room for Dan Winkler (elbow), who was reinstated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move.