Braves call up Franco, two others from minors

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves will call up 49-year-old first
baseman Julio Franco and two other minor leaguers when the rosters
expand Saturday.

The team also will promote reliever Royce Ring and catcher
Brayan Pena from Triple-A Richmond.

Ring, a left-hander, was acquired from San Diego on July 31 for
two relievers -- Wil Ledezma and Will Startup. He was 1-2 with a
5.68 ERA in 15 games at Richmond.

Pena was hitting .302 with the Braves' top farm club.

Franco was released on Aug. 1 and assigned to Class-A Rome on
Aug. 6 after he cleared waivers.