Atlanta hadn't forgotten about Todd Redmond after all.
The Gwinnett career leader in victories was returned to the 40-man roster Wednesday after having his best of three years with the G-Braves last season.
Redmond was overshadowed by young prospects like Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, Randall Delgado and Jose Vizcaino. But the 26-year-old right-hander was 10-8 with the G-Braves in 2011 and his 2.92 ERA ranked third in the International League among starters.
The Braves returned Redmond to the 40-man roster after dropping him a year ago because he would have been in danger of going elsewhere if not protected. He won nine games each of his first two seasons with the G-Braves after winning 13 games for Class AA Mississippi in 2008 --his first year in the Atlanta organization after being acquired from Pittsburgh.
Atlanta dropped four players from the 40-man roster on Wednesday in anticipation of opening space for possible free agents or trade acquisitions and to later protect minor leaguers who can be eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Redmond was the only player added to the 40-man roster Wednesday.
Sent outright to Class AAA Gwinnett were outfielder Wilkin Ramirez and Antoan Richardson, catcher J.C. Boscan and relief pitcher Stephen Marek, who is recovering from elbow surgery.
Free agency starts today, with Nate McLouth, Alex Gonzalez, George Sherrill, Scott Linebrink and Jack Wilson all coming off the Atlanta roster. That will leave the Braves at 33 players.
Eric Hinske was re-signed by the Braves and Derek Lowe dealt to Cleveland in a salary dump.