Notes: Hollandsworth going south

Notes: Hollandsworth going south

ATLANTA -- After being unable to land Todd Hollandsworth in the offseason, the Braves felt fortunate to be able to grab him in time to assist their push for a 14th consecutive division title.

While Hollandsworth chose to stay in Chicago and sign with the Cubs before the start of this season, he certainly was pleased late Monday night, when he learned he'd been traded to the Braves.

"It's certainly a place I would have loved to have the opportunity to play," Hollandsworth said. "Thankfully I've gotten that again. It's a tremendous pleasure to be here."

Having built a home in suburban Chicago during the offseason, Hollandsworth opted it would be best to stick with the Cubs, who have spent the past week looking toward the future. Now with the Braves, he has an opportunity to play in pressure-packed situations with the hope of competing in the postseason for the fourth time.

"It's a great opportunity for me," Hollandsworth said. "It's a great opportunity for me to contribute to a team that could win the World Series."

Entering Tuesday, the Braves held a 4 1/2-game division lead and high hopes to finish strong. With the addition of Hollandsworth, they have an experienced left-handed bat to bring off the bench. He has played in the postseason with the Dodgers (1995 and '96) and the 2003 world champion Marlins.

"He adds some depth to our current roster and gives us some options, if we're fortunate enough to need them, at the end of the year," Braves general manager John Schuerholz said of Hollandsworth, who was the 1996 National League Rookie of the Year.

Manager Bobby Cox can use Hollandsworth at either corner outfield position or at first base, where he's played 17 games in his career. But his primary role will be as a pinch-hitter.

Before breaking his leg last year, Hollandsworth was successful in nine of his 16 pinch-hit at-bats. He has a .299 career batting average as a pinch-hitter.

"I think I probably get more worked up starting and probably make more of it than I do pinch-hitting," Hollandsworth said. "I think because pinch-hitting is considered so tough to do, I really look at it as a win-win situation. ... You just try to make the most of the opportunity and not make too much of it."

Moore promoted: The Braves announced on Tuesday afternoon that they had promoted Dayton Moore to be their assistant general manager, baseball operations. Moore, 38, had been the club's director of player personnel.

"There are a lot of people in this organization who have contributed greatly to what we've accomplished here the last 15 years," Schuerholz said. "Of late, Dayton has been one of the key guys in that, especially in the scouting and player development departments."

In December 2003, Baseball America tabbed Moore as their top general manager prospect. With the success the Braves have had with their rookies this year, his stock has certainly risen.

"My passion is our scouting and player development," Moore said. "Really and truly anything that this organization asks me to do, I'm going to do it with the energy, passion, class and expectations that this organization demands."

Moore's responsibilities will primarily remain the same. But he will now also be asked to evaluate more issues on the Major League level with Schuerholz and Frank Wren, who has served as the club's assistant general manager since the end of the 1999 season.

"The synergy between [Moore] and Frank is good now and it will even get better when they work more closely together," Schuerholz said. "I'm very fortunate to have two guys as talented as the two of them to count on as principal guides in assisting me in the operation of our baseball administration."

Devine down: To make room for Hollandsworth on the 25-man roster, the Braves optioned Joey Devine to Triple-A Richmond. There's a good chance he'll be brought back to Atlanta when Richmond's season ends on Monday.

"I want to go out there, get some innings in and continue to work on things," Devine said. "Then hopefully get the call back up here and come back and continue to do whatever to help the team win."

Devine, who was the club's top pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft in June, allowed grand slams in both of the only two appearances he made for Atlanta. He is the only Major Leaguer ever to allow grand slams in his first two career appearances.

Until the rosters expand on Thursday, the Braves will utilize 11 pitchers. With a doubleheader against the Nationals on Wednesday, they would have liked to have kept an extra pitcher. But this was their only option in order to make sure Hollandsworth would be eligible for the postseason.

The Braves also officially ended Eddie Perez's season by transferring him to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday. The move made room for Hollandsworth on the 40-man roster.

Late scratch: Just before Tuesday's first pitch, the Braves removed Rafael Furcal from the starting lineup because of a sore right knee, which also kept him out of Saturday's game. Furcal injured the knee when he slipped in the outfield grass last Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Kelly Johnson replaced Furcal as the leadoff hitter and Wilson Betemit played shortstop.

Broadcast info: Both games of Wednesday's doubleheader will be aired on the radio by GST 640 AM and Rock 96 FM and their Clear Channel Radio affiliates. Turner South will televise the first game, which is scheduled to begin at 4:35 p.m. ET. Fox Sports Net and ESPN will air the nightcap, which will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

Coming Up: Horacio Ramirez (10-8, 4.52 ERA) will oppose Esteban Loaiza (9-9, 3.57 ERA) in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. John Thomson (3-4, 4.87 ERA) will square off against Livan Hernandez (14-6, 3.87 ERA) in the nightcap.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.