The Braves announced that outfielder Eli White has been released. The move creates a 40-man roster spot for right-hander Allan Winans, whose contract was officially selected two days after reports surfaced that the Braves were planning to start Winans in today’s game with the Brewers. In another corresponding move, Atlanta optioned right-hander Seth Elledge to Triple-A Gwinnett.
The 29-year-old White joined the Braves via a trade from the Rangers back in December, and he appeared in six games for Atlanta back in April. White was basically used as outfield depth when Michael Harris II was on the injured list, and White’s demotion to Triple-A corresponded with Harris’ return to the active roster. Over 201 plate appearances in Gwinnett, White has a solid .254/.363/.450 slash line with nine homers and 14 stolen bases (in 15 chances).
Unfortunately, his season came to an impromptu end on July 6, as Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that White suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder. A specific recovery timeline isn’t known, but in a best-case scenario, White will be ready for Spring Training, though his rehab is likely going to impact his ability to catch on with a new team on a minor league deal. The labrum tear continues White’s terrible run of injury luck, as this marks his third consecutive season-ending surgery, following an elbow procedure in 2021 and a wrist surgery in 2022.
A veteran of four MLB seasons, White was an 11th-round pick for the A’s in the 2016 draft who was dealt to the Rangers as part of the three-team deal that sent Jurickson Profar to Oakland and Emilio Pagan to the Rays. White’s strong defense and baserunning made him a useful part-timer over 130 games with Texas from 2020-22, but he has hit only .181/.259/.288 over 406 PA in the majors.