News: Russell was released by the Braves on Sunday.
Impact: Although Russell enjoyed success after coming after from Chicago last July, posting a 2.22 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 22 appearances, he had a reverse platoon split and his issues against lefties carried over to Grapefruit League action. Russell had a .313 BAA against lefties in three spring appearances -- his debut was delayed by a toe injury -- and he gave up a pair of homers to lefties (Stephen Drew and Brian McCann) in a particularly poor outing. It seems the Braves decided he was not an ideal fit for a specialist role, and thus, Josh Outman and Luis Avilan will be leaned on as Atlanta's top lefty options.
News: Kohn was reassigned to minor league camp Monday.
Impact: The veteran righty has some significant control issues, and doesn't figure to see many high-leverage looks even if he is able to pitch his way back to the big leagues. Look for him to start the year in Triple-A.
News: Vizcaino was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
Impact: Look for the electric righty to be back up pitching out of the Braves' bullpen at some point this season. He has a big fastball and a plus curveball and if he can figure out his command, he could be used in high-leverage situations.
News: The Atlanta Braves have sent right-handers Michael Kohn and Arodys Vizcaino to the minors, trimming two more pitchers expected to contend for spots in the bullpen.
Impact: The Braves announced Monday that Kohn was reassigned to their minor league camp. Kohn was demoted after giving up two runs in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh. He was 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in eight innings.