The Atlanta Braves announced Friday that relief pitcher Clay Carroll will be sent to Richmond of the International League and will be replaced on the Braves’ roster by veteran right-hander Ed Rakow from the Richmond club. “I haven’t decided whether I will report or not,” said the unhappy Carroll, who is 3-5 with a 6.20 earned-run average this season. “This is one of my darkest days in baseball.”
Rakow’s promotion to Atlanta is part of an effort by the Braves to strengthen the bullpen which was considerably weakened after knuckleballer Phil Niekro became a starter. Rakow was 10-6 at Richmond with a 3.07 ERA.