Braves finally remove retired Billy Wagner from 40-man roster

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Billy Wagner announced his retirement in October and has repeatedly stated since then that he has no plans to return, but the Braves kept him on the 40-man roster just in case.

Today they finally removed him from the roster, but not before working out a deal to retain his rights should he decide to pitch at some point this season.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution they “reached an agreement with union that if Wagner decided to come of retirement he could only ‘unretire’ with the Braves in 2011.”

Once this season is over Wagner could potentially unretire and be a free agent, but general manager Frank Wren reiterated to O’Brien that the greatest left-handed reliever in baseball history “still has no immediate plans to come out of retirement.”

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.