No formal confirmation, but web reports are that Tom Martin has at long last been cast away by the Braves. John Foster was apparently called up from Richmond to replace him.

Foster’s a lefty who made steady progress up the system from 1999-2002, rising from Danville to Richmond to a brief Major League callup that year, where he logged a 1-0 record but a 10.80 ERA. Foster wound up in the Milwaukee system after the season; I think he was part of the trade of Wes Helms for Ray King. (UPDATE: Yes, he was.) Put up 21 slightly below average innings for the Brewers in 2003, then pitched for the Cubs in spring of 2004 before missing the entire 2004 season for some reason. (Maybe he was hurt, maybe he was out of the country.) He can’t possibly be worse than Martin.