Player News - Braves

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Lucas Sims had the best start of his young career Tuesday, spinning six shutout frames in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners.

Sims yielded just two singles and a double on the night, walked two and punched out four batters. The 23-year-old had held his own in the majors before this one, but tonight’s outing was his first quality start since his debut on August 1. The swings and misses Sims got in the minors haven’t translated to this point, as he’s whiffed only 15 in 28 1/3 innings. The good news is he’s walked only eight, as the control improvements he made this year in the minors have carried over. Sims gets the Phillies on the road next.
Aug 22 - 11:40 PM

Freddie Freeman reached base three times, drove in a run and scored a run Tuesday against the Mariners.

Freeman admitted earlier Tuesday that his left wrist still isn't 100 percent and is affecting his power, and both of his hits Tuesday were singles. However, one of them plated a run, giving him 51 RBI over 80 games this season.
Aug 22 - 11:38 PM

Nick Markakis had an RBI single and a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

Markakis doesn't hit many home runs these days, but he does have three this month and is also batting .400 over his last nine contests. However, the lack of counting stats for Markakis make him a borderline-at-best mixed league option.
Aug 22 - 11:34 PM

Freddie Freeman conceded Tuesday that his left wrist is at "probably about 80-85 percent" strength.

Freeman has batted .309/.377/.527 since returning from the disabled list on July 4, but the 27-year-old first baseman is flashing less power than he did before fracturing the wrist in May. "It is obviously not 100 percent, but it’s good enough in my eyes," Freeman said Tuesday afternoon. "I talked to Dr. (Gary) Lourie the other day and he says it’s going to be a whole offseason (before it’s back to normal). I have lost a lot of strength. I’ve hit some balls that I thought were home runs and they’re not going."
Aug 22 - 7:02 PM

Mike Foltynewicz was knocked around for six runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners on Monday.

It wasn’t too long ago that Foltynewicz appeared on the verge of a breakout, but he has now allowed five earned runs or more in four out of his last five starts. His ERA has jumped from 3.82 to 4.95 in that time. He can’t be trusted in mixed fantasy leagues right now.
Aug 21 - 11:23 PM

Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple and two runs scored Monday versus the Mariners.

The triple got the Braves back into things in the bottom of the sixth inning, but their rally ultimately fell short. Albies is hitting just .224 with a .274 on-base percentage through his first 19 games in the majors, but he has three multi-hit games in his last five. He also has three triples in that timespan.
Aug 21 - 11:21 PM

Ender Inciarte went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in Monday’s loss to the Mariners.

All three of his hits were singles. Inciarte led off the bottom of the ninth with a single against Mariners closer Edwin Diaz, but he was cut down trying to steal second base later on the frame. He’s now 17-for-23 in stolen base attempts this season to go along with a .299/.343/.403 batting line.
Aug 21 - 11:21 PM

Braves optioned LHP Rex Brothers to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Brothers has struck out 22 across 15 1/3 innings with the Braves, but he's also walked nine and posted a 7.63 ERA. The former Rockies closer will be back in September.
Aug 21 - 4:43 PM

Braves activated RHP Dan Winkler from the 60-day disabled list.

Winkler barely pitched the last three years due to Tommy John surgery and then a fractured elbow, but he made 14 rehab appearances without any issues and is ready to go. He was a Rule 5 pick in December of 2014 and even if he stays on the Braves' roster for the rest of this season will have to be on the roster for a couple weeks next year to fulfill the Rule 5 requirement.
Aug 21 - 4:41 PM

Braves prospect Ronald Acuna went 3-for-5 on Sunday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

One of the hits was a double, and Acuna also scored a run with two RBI for good measure. In the month of August, he's hitting .403, and slugging .675. He won't turn 20 until the end of the year. This is ridiculous. He's the best fantasy prospect in baseball.
Aug 21 - 1:04 PM

Tyler Flowers hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of Sunday's 8-1 rout of the Reds.

It was the only hit of the game for Flowers, but it was obviously a big one. The 31-year-old catcher boasts a career-best .292/.384/.468 batting line with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 83 total games this season. He holds a team-friendly $4 million club option for 2018 and may be a candidate for a contract extension this winter.
Aug 20 - 5:00 PM

Freddie Freeman finished 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the Braves' victory over the Reds on Sunday.

Freeman is working on a nine-game hitting streak and has registered five doubles and one home run in that span. The star first baseman is slashing .325/.420/.631 in 78 total games this season.
Aug 20 - 4:56 PM

Sean Newcomb worked five shutout innings Sunday in the Braves' victory over the Reds.

Newcomb walked five batters, surrendered five hits, and tallied just two strikeouts, but the Reds couldn't manage any high-leverage offense in the 8-1 rout at SunTrust Park. Newcomb is now 2-7 with a 4.13 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 71/42 K/BB ratio over his first 69 2/3 major league frames. He'll get the Rockies at home in his next start.
Aug 20 - 4:53 PM

Matt Kemp is not in the Braves' lineup Sunday.

It's a scheduled day off. Matt Adams will cover left field.
Aug 20 - 1:15 PM

Brandon Phillips went 3-for-6 with a home run in a loss to the Reds on Saturday.

Phillips punished his old team with a solo blast in the third inning, his 11th homer of the year. He also notched a pair of singles in the game. The 36-year-old hasn't missed a beat offensively since moving to the hot corner on defense, and through Saturday Phillips is hitting .287/.327/.431 on the year. He'll be a free agent after this season.
Aug 20 - 12:48 AM


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