Braves non-tender Johnson and Church

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As expected, the Braves have non-tendered second baseman Kelly Johnson and outfielder Ryan Church.
Church was designated for assignment earlier this week in order to make
room for newly-acquired right-hander Rafael Soriano on the 40-man
roster.




Johnson batted .224/.303/.389
with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 303 at-bats in ’09, while Church hit
.273/.338/.384 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 359 at-bats between
the Braves and Mets.

Brewers place Eric Thames on disabled list with torn UCL in left thumb

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On Wednesday, the Brewers placed first baseman Eric Thames on the 10-day disabled list with a torn UCL in his left thumb. In a corresponding roster move, the Brewers recalled pitcher Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Thames, 31, exited Tuesday’s game against the Royals before the bottom of the ninth inning. After the game, manager Craig Counsell expressed concern about his thumb. As MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports, Brewers GM David Stearns says that surgery is likely but not definite, but that he expects Thames to be back for a “significant” portion of the 2018 season.

Thames was hitting quite well for the Brewers, owning a .250/.351/.625 triple-slash line along with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 74 plate appearances. Jesus Aguilar should handle first base while Thames is out. Ryan Braun could also see some action at first base.