The moves cleared roster spots for newly acquired infielder
Willy Aybar and reliever Danys Baez. Sosa will become a free agent
after 10 days if he is not traded by Atlanta or claimed on waivers
by another team.
The Braves sent infielder Wilson Betemit to the Los Angeles
Dodgers for Aybar and Baez on Friday night and called up infielder
Tony Pena to fill Betemit's roster spot.
Sosa couldn't hold jobs as a starter, closer or setup man this
season. He blew three of six save opportunities in his brief stint
as a closer.
Sosa was 3-10 with a 5.46 ERA overall, a dramatic decline from
his surprising success in 2005, when he was 13-3 with a 2.55 ERA.
"He obviously hasn't done for us what he did last year,"
Braves general manager John Schuerholz said. "He did a great job
for us last year and it hasn't worked as well this year."
The Braves also transferred outfielder Brian Jordan from the
15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL Sunday.
Jones said he didn't try to talk the team out of placing him on
the DL with the oblique injury.
"I didn't have any grounds to fight it," Jones said. "I took
four days off and it did feel better but it just wasn't ready. I'm
going to need probably the better part of the DL stint to get it
Jones also was on the disabled list from April 10 to April 25
with a sprained right ankle and knee, and he also has had to play
through problems with his feet for the second straight year.
Jones' latest injury comes as the Braves are completing a
disappointing six-game homestand, losing series against Florida and
the New York Mets.
"It seems like this year, if I'm not in there, we just can't
get anything rolling," Jones said. "That's what stings. The
offense was rolling pretty good, everybody was in there firing on
all cylinders and I was helping lead the way."
Sosa, 28, received a salary increase from $650,000 in 2005 to
$2.2 million this season.
When asked his plans and his reaction to being designated for
assignment, Sosa said "I don't know. ... I don't want to talk
about that right now."