Infielder Jordan Kreke was promoted to high-A Myrtle Beach, and left-handed reliever Matt Fouch was placed on military leave to fulfill his commitment to the Army.
“(Fouch) will be out at least for the rest of the season,” said Rome manager Randy Ingle on Tuesday. “The Army called him back to duty last week. This is the first time in my career that I can remember something like this with one of my players.”
Fouch pitched in four games since joining the club on July 3, and didn’t allow an earned run. He had one save.
Kreke, a constant in the lineup since the team broke camp, was hitting .248 with 32 RBIs and was leading the team in doubles. Ingle said he is happy for Kreke’s promotion, but is going to miss having him in the lineup.
“He did a heck of a job for us and was steady all year,” said Ingle. “I’m excited for him because he is an extremely hard worker and plays hard every night. He’s a real team player, and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy.”
To fill Kreke’s roster spot, the Braves received infielder Joe Leonard from rookie-level Danville.
In ten games with the D-Braves, Leonard was hitting .278 with a homer and five RBIs.
The University of Pittsburgh product was the Atlanta Braves’ third-round pick in June’s draft.