Braves DFA Charlie Culberson, scuttling dad’s first pitch

The Atlanta Braves nominated Charlie Culberson with awkward timing for Sunday’s action as the infielder’s father was scheduled to throw the first pitch on Father’s Day at Truist Park.

Those plans had to change after Atlanta DFA signed Culberson to make room for catcher Chadwick Tromp.

Instead, Braves outfielder Michael Harris II’s father handled the first pitch before the game against the Colorado Rockies. Harris won the game 5-5, a 14-6 victory for the Braves.

Culberson, 34, is from Georgia and has not appeared for Atlanta since his May 19 call-up.

He is a career .247 hitter with 30 homers and 145 RBIs in 585 five-team games, including a previous stint with the Braves from 2018-2020.

Tromp, 28, bats .125 with one RBI in six games this season with Atlanta. He was called up by Triple-A Gwinnett, with catcher Sean Murphy struggling with a reported hamstring injury.

Reuters contributed to this story.

Emma Bowman

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