Because Tom Glavine's contract hadn't officially been signed, the Braves hadn't previously listed him on their 40-man roster. When they added the veteran left-hander on Friday, Cormier was chosen as the odd man out.
Cormier, who is 5-14 with a 6.55 ERA in 23 career starts, had earned a spot in the Atlanta rotation before suffering a right shoulder injury during the final week of Spring Training. The 27-year-old right-hander was sidelined for most of the season's first two months and made just two starts for Atlanta in June before being sent to Triple-A Richmond, where he went 4-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 10 starts.
When mentioning the candidates battling for the final spot in the starting rotation, the Braves have never included Cormier. If he isn't traded or claimed by another Major League team in the next 10 days, there's a chance he could still come to Spring Training with the Braves as a non-roster invitee.
With their 40-man roster full, the Braves aren't currently in position to be able to select anybody during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. They haven't made a selection in the Major League portion of this Draft since 2002, when they took Chris Spurling, who was traded to the Tigers before the start of the 2003 season.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less