WASHINGTON (AP) -The Atlanta Braves released first baseman Craig Wilson to make room for catcher Brayan Pena's return from the 15-day disabled list before Thursday's game against the Washington Nationals.
Wilson batted .172 (10-for-58) with one homer and two RBIs in 24 games. He started 17 games at first base and also played some outfield. He is in his seventh major league season, after stints with Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees.
``He just never got going,'' manager Bobby Cox said. ``We sure thought he would.''
Wilson hit .264 with 29 homers and 82 RBIs with Pittsburgh in 2004, his best major league season.
Scott Thorman has started at first base for the majority of Atlanta's games and will continue to start against left-handed pitchers, Cox said. Thorman entered Thursday's game batting .271 with 5 homers and 21 RBIs.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a 2003 first-round pick who hasn't played first base since high school, and Chris Woodward will also share playing time there, Cox said.
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