ATLANTA (AP) -The Atlanta Braves cut left-handed reliever Steve Colyer to clear a roster spot for Tuesday night's starting pitcher, Anthony Lerew.
Colyer was designated for assignment to Triple-A Richmond and has 10 days to decide if he will accept the assignment.
The 28-year-old Colyer was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in seven appearances, giving up nine hits and two runs in 3 2-3 innings.
``We want him back if he'll come back, but if other teams want him we won't stand in his way,'' said Braves manager Bobby Cox.
The move leaves Mike Gonzalez as the team's only left-handed reliever.
The Braves announced after Monday night's game that Lerew was being called up from Richmond to make his first major league start in his ninth appearance with Atlanta.
Colyer cleared out his locker before batting practice and gave no indication to the team if he'll accept the minor league assignment.

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