Braves send eight to minor league camp

Starter Kolby Allard, catcher Alex Jackson and relievers Grant Dayton and Jacob Webb were optioned to Triple-A. Non-roster invitee relievers Thomas Burrows, Corbin Clouse and Tucker Davidson and infielder Luis Marte were sent to minor-league camp.

Allard’s demotion marks the end of his far-fetched bid to make the initial roster. The lefty pitched in four games, with his final appearance capped by a Peter O’Brien grand slam.

Jackson was a nice surprise, collecting six hits (two homers) in 22 at-bats. He’s progressed in the field and should see his first taste of the majors in 2019. 

Dayton, a ground-ball specialist who missed last season following Tommy John surgery, appeared in four games, pitching four scoreless innings. Webb was hit by a comebacker Sunday and is day-to-day with a left-hand contusion.

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