Braves Activate Laird, Option Cunningham to Triple-A

Braves Catcher Laird

Laird has been a solid contributor this season

The Atlanta Braves continue to get healthy as they activated catcher Gerald Laird off the disabled list and optioned outfielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett.  Laird will be in uniform and available to play against the Marlins Sunday.

Laird went on the disabled list August 3, retroactive to July 26, with a kidney stone ailment.

Laird has been a solid contributor for the Braves this season.  In 28 games he is hitting .293, with a .384 on-base-percentage and .400 slugging percentage.  In addition, he has caught the major of Julio Teheran‘s games and has helped the young pitcher develop.  The 33-yard old veteran backstop has thrown out 6 of 17 runners attempting to steal this season.

In two rehab appearances at Gwinnett, Laird went 0 for 6 and was behind the plate for 11 innings.

Cunningham played in six games while with the Braves.  He accumulated two hits in six at bats, all in pinch hit roles.

About Jim Hart

Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.