Braves Make Awkward Decision DFA'ing Veteran On Father's Day

On Father's Day, Charlie Culberson, an infielder for the Atlanta Braves, had his hopes for a memorable moment dashed when the team designated him for assignment.

This decision came after Culberson had spent 27 days without playing a single game since his call-up from Triple-A Gwinnett in mid-May.

The timing couldn't have been worse, as his father, Charles Culberson, was set to throw the first pitch at Truist Park before the game, only for their plans to be disrupted by the unexpected move.

Instead of Culberson's father, the pregame honors went to the father of Braves outfielder Michael Harris II.

It was an emotional turn of events, but Harris seized the opportunity and delivered an outstanding performance. He went on to have a remarkable game, going 5 for 5 at the plate, scoring three runs, and contributing to the Braves' 14-6 victory.

Charlie Culberson, 34, made his Major League Baseball debut in 2012 with the San Francisco Giants.

Although he had a career batting average of .248 with 30 home runs and 145 RBIs in 589 games, Culberson had not been able to play during his recent stint with the Braves.

He previously played for the Braves from 2018 to 2020, achieving a career-high of 12 home runs in 2018.

The Braves made the difficult decision to designate Culberson for assignment as they needed to call up another player due to an injury.

In his place, catcher Chadwick Tromp was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, despite his 2-for-16 record in six games for the Braves this year. Photo Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports