Player News - Braves

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Juan Jaime walked three and gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning Friday against the Nationals.

Jaime is 27 and entering his third year on the Braves' 40-man roster, but it doesn't look like the team is ready to count on him as a bullpen piece. He has one of the strongest arms in the league, but he walked 45 in 53 1/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors last year. We're not very optimistic that he'll ever be of much use.
Mar 6 - 5:48 PM

Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and knocked in three runs versus the Nationals in Friday's loss.

We wonder just how many pitches Freeman will get to hit once the games start to count, what with the rest of the Braves lineup looking so inept. He did get some help today, as the Braves scored eight runs on 14 hits. Unfortunately, the club lost anyway.
Mar 6 - 5:44 PM

Pedro Ciriaco went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and three RBI against the Nationals on Friday.

Ciriaco is in the running for a spot on the Braves bench, though it won't help matters that he's not on the 40-man. The Braves are already looking at adding Eric Young Jr., at least one pitcher and maybe Kelly Johnson to a 40-man that currently stands at 39, so they might prefer to carry Jace Peterson, who is already on the roster.
Mar 6 - 5:37 PM

Braves signed RHP Peter Moylan to a minor league contract.

Moylan is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery and could be ready for game action by late April/early May, according to Zach Links of The submariner has a career 2.80 ERA, but he's 36 and the track record for pitchers return from two Tommy John surgeries isn't good.
Mar 5 - 7:29 PM

Eric Stults threw scoreless third and fourth innings in the Braves' 6-4 victory over the Tigers on Thursday.

Stults seemed like a pretty good bet to be the Braves' fifth starter anyway, but he could be a shoo-in for the rotation now that Mike Minor is having shoulder woes again. He was set to battle Wandy Rodriguez, Michael Foltynewicz and maybe Manny Banuelos for one spot, but now there could be two openings for that group.
Mar 5 - 4:47 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is expected to see Dr. James Andrews early next week.

Minor was scratched from Sunday's start against the Astros due to tightness in his throwing shoulder and the Braves want him to get checked out. The southpaw dealt with shoulder issues last year en route to a disappointing 4.77 ERA, so this is a concerning development.
Mar 5 - 4:18 PM

Wandy Rodriguez was lifted after giving up a run in the first Wednesday against the Mets.

Rodriguez was scheduled to pitch two innings, but a long first that included two hits and two walks resulted in an early exit. Of course, Rodriguez's chances of making the Braves would improve considerably if Mike Minor's shoulder setback proves serious. That'd be really bad news for Atlanta, though.
Mar 4 - 5:06 PM

Jose Veras was pounded for five runs in two-thirds of an inning out of the pen Wednesday by the Mets.

He walked two and gave up three hits, including a three-run homer from Johnny Monell. Veras is only on a minor league deal this spring, so the Braves shouldn't have any problem cutting him if he struggles all month. Still, he does seem like a pretty good bet to make the team as a sixth- and seventh-inning guy, assuming that today was just a blip.
Mar 4 - 5:05 PM

Jace Peterson reached all three times he was up Wednesday, doubling and walking twice.

Peterson, a product of the Justin Upton trade, has a chance to win a spot on the Braves as a part-time second baseman and utilityman. The Melvin Upton Jr. injury likely helps his case, since Eric Young Jr. is now being viewed as more of an outfielder than a part-time second baseman.
Mar 4 - 5:01 PM

Mike Minor has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Astros due to tightness in his left (throwing) shoulder.

Yikes. There isn't much more information yet from the Braves, who will likely have Minor visit a specialist within the next few days. Minor put up a disappointing 4.77 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 25 starts last season, but the 27-year-old left-hander seemed like a decent bounceback candidate for 2015. He posted a 3.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 181/46 K/BB ratio across 204 2/3 innings in 2013. Atlanta owes him $5.6 million this year.
Mar 4 - 4:44 PM

Andrelton Simmons (oblique) said he's "taking it slow" with swinging a bat.

Simmons was diagnosed with an oblique strain last week, but has already resumed some baseball activities. However, the Braves don't want to push it this early in spring training, as a setback could cost him multiple weeks. He's unlikely to play in the early Grapefruit League games.
Mar 3 - 12:23 PM

Andrelton Simmons (oblique) probably won't make his Grapefruit League debut for another week.

Simmons is thought to be over his oblique strain, but the Braves are going to play it extra safe here in early March. He should be 100 percent for the start of the 2014 season and will try to rebound offensively after batting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last year. Simmons is only 25 years old.
Mar 2 - 1:23 PM

Chris Johnson is working on a mechanical adjustment to his swing, lowering his hands to allow for a more consistent swing path.

It's an effort to return to the form he displayed in 2013 when he competed for the National League batting title. The 30-year-old is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season where he hit just .263/.292/.361 with 10 homers and 58 RBI.
Mar 1 - 7:35 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Sunday that Wandy Rodriguez will start Wednesday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets.

The veteran southpaw, who is battling for the fifth and final spot in the Braves rotation, is scheduled to throw two innings. He will be followed in Wednesday's start by Chien-Ming Wang who is challenging for the same role. Julio Teheran will get the nod against the Tigers on Thursday, putting him on track to start on Opening Day.

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution believes that Eric Young Jr. could be the early favorite to win the Braves' Opening Day job in center field.

Young Jr. has impressed the Braves coaching staff with his ability, conditioning and work habits early in camp. The 29-year-old is fresh off a disappointing 2014 season where he slashed .229/.299/.311 with one homer, 17 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 100 games with the Mets. Should he beat out Eury Perez for the job, he immediately gains mixed league relevancy.
Mar 1 - 4:29 PM

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