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07/30/09 8:18 PM ET

Braves release right-hander Bennett

Reliever broke hand while punching door after game in June

MIAMI -- Braves right-handed reliever Jeff Bennett essentially ended his days with the franchise when he punched a door and broke his left hand during a June 24 game against the Yankees.

But his days in Atlanta officially came to a close on Thursday, when the Braves granted his request to be released.

One day after Bennett broke his non-pitching hand with his fit of rage, the Braves suspended his pay. This led the 29-year-old reliever to file a grievance, which he may pursue through the Major League Baseball Players Association.

In 33 appearances with the Braves this year, Bennett posted a 3.18 ERA, surrendered a .415 on-base percentage and allowed 39 percent of his inherited runners to score.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.