ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves cut infielder Charlie Culberson hours before his father was due to throw him the celebratory first pitch for Father’s Day.
Culberson, a 34-year-old from Rome, Georgia, has been selected for action ahead of Sunday’s game at Truist Park against Colorado. He was acquired by Triple-A Gwinnett on May 19 but had not appeared in a game since his promotion.
His father, Charles Culberson, played in the minor leagues in the 1980s.
After the Braves fired the younger Culberson, the father of Braves outfielder Michael Harris II threw the first pitch at Truist Park. Harris went 5-5 and scored three goals for Atlanta that season 14:6 win.
Culberson made his big league debut with San Francisco in 2012. He’s a .248 hitter with 30 home runs and 145 RBIs in 589 games.
He also played for Atlanta for three seasons from 2018-2020, hitting a career-high 12 homers in 2018.
Catcher Chadwick Tromp was recalled by Gwinnett. He’s 2-16 in six games with the Braves this year.