Player News - Braves

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R.A. Dickey held the Mets to two runs on seven hits in six innings of work on Saturday.

He gave up a home run to Michael Conforto in the first inning but it ended up being his best outing of the spring. He lowered his ERA to 6.00 with 11 strikeouts in 21 innings. Dickey turned in a 10-15 record with a 4.46 ERA last season with the Blue Jays. The 42-year-old is now back in the National League, where he won the Cy Young Award in 2012 with the Mets.
Mar 25 - 4:19 PM

Mauricio Cabrera (elbow) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

The hard-throwing right-hander has been shut down with discomfort in his pitching elbow. He had been expected to open the season in a setup capacity in front of closer Jim Johnson. It remains unclear how much time he stands to miss, but the Braves will certainly take things cautiously here.
Mar 25 - 3:39 PM

Braves released RHP Blaine Boyer.

The club informed him on Saturday that he wouldn't be making the Opening Day bullpen and have given him an opportunity to latch on elsewhere. If he's unable to land a big league job, they would love to have him back on a minor league deal to function as bullpen depth at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Mar 25 - 10:25 AM

Emilio Bonifacio whiffed all three times up Friday against the Tigers.

He's hitting .234/.294/.319 in 47 at-bats. Bonifacio is the Braves' most logical internal option for the last spot on their bench, but there should be at least a couple of better choices hitting the waiver wire before the end of the spring.
Mar 24 - 5:54 PM

Mauricio Cabrera is nursing some soreness in his right elbow.

The Braves haven't officially shut the reliever down yet, but his status for Opening Day is certainly in question. The hard-throwing Cabrera is penciled in as a setup man for Atlanta, if healthy.
Mar 24 - 12:23 PM

Ender Inciarte is back in the Braves' lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

He's batting leadoff and playing center field. Inciarte is back after spending the last two weeks representing Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. He impressed at the WBC, hitting . 292 with three RBI over seven games. The 26-year-old is entering his second year with Atlanta after arriving from Arizona in the Shelby Miller trade last offseason.
Mar 23 - 5:57 PM

Michael Foltynewicz held the Nationals to one run over five innings in his start Tuesday.

Folty yielded six hits, but only one went for extra bases. He struck out two and walked one. He's long since clinched the fifth spot in Atlanta's rotation.
Mar 21 - 4:13 PM

Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer of the spring Tuesday against the Nationals.

Flowers had half of the Braves' hits on the day, and his homer came off annual Grapefruit League Cy Young candidate Gio Gonzalez (it was the second run he's allowed in 16 1/3 innings this spring). That'll do something for Flowers' confidence; he had been 3-for-23 with no extra-base hits.
Mar 21 - 4:08 PM

Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Tuesday's game that he's not concerned about Ozzie Albies' knee.

Albies was forced to exit Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after fouling a ball of his knee, but Snitker compared the issue to hitting his funny bone. Fortunately, the expectation is that he'll be close to normal in the next couple of days.
Mar 21 - 4:01 PM

Braves prospect infielder Ozzie Albies exited Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after he appeared to foul a ball of his knee.

Albies wanted to stay in the game, but he was forced to leave in the middle of his at-bat. The Braves should pass along an update soon on the promising young infielder.
Mar 21 - 3:12 PM

Ender Inciarte is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

Inciarte was originally slated to return on Tuesday, but Braves manager Brian Snitker wanted to give him some extra time to rest after returning from his stint in the World Baseball Classic. They'll wait until after Wednesday's off-day.
Mar 21 - 2:37 PM

Mauricio Cabrera was lifted in the ninth Monday after allowing two runs and walking two in two-thirds of an inning.

The flamethrowing Cabrera was penciled into the Braves' pen at the start of camp, but with wildness getting the better of him lately, it's possible he could open up in the minors. He's walked eight while allowing four runs in 7 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 20 - 4:54 PM

Matt Kemp went 0-for-3 on Monday and is hitting .231 with no homers in 39 at-bats this spring.

Kemp thrilled the Braves by showing up at camp in great shape, but it hasn't resulted in much production at the plate yet. It doesn't mean much of anything yet, but it'd be nice to see him turn it on a little bit prior to Opening Day. He hit .373/.393/.741 and .393/.460/.554 the previous two springs, though it must be noted that those took place in Arizona with the Padres.
Mar 20 - 4:49 PM

Braves optioned C Anthony Recker to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Recker got into 33 games with the Braves last season, but they're set at catcher with Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki. He'll get a shot only if someone gets hurt.
Mar 20 - 4:28 PM

Braves released LHP John Danks.

Danks asked for his release Monday and the Braves granted that request. He signed a minor league contract with Atlanta in December and went on to allow seven earned runs on 14 hits over 9 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League. The veteran lefty apparently has another deal lined up.
Mar 20 - 3:26 PM

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