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Jonny Venters (elbow) has decided to undergo a third Tommy John surgery.

Venters has spent all season rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career and found out from an MRI on Thursday that his UCL snapped again. The odds are long that he'll ever make it back and be effective, and if he does we're unlikely to see him before 2016. Venters is arbitration-eligible for a fine time this winter.
Aug 29 - 4:31 PM

Mike Minor earned his 6th win of the season after limiting the Mets to one run over seven innings as the Braves enjoyed a 6-1 victory on Thursday.

Minor, who flirted with a no-hitter in his previous start against the Reds, retired the first 12 Mets he faced. He blanked the Mets through seven innings, but allowed a double followed by an RBI single before being relieved in the eighth inning. Overall, he yielded only four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Minor now owns a 4.70 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP, and a 111/36 K/BB ratio. His next task will come on Tuesday at home against the Phillies.
Aug 28 - 9:54 PM

Ryan Doumit came off the bench and slugged a two-run home run in the ninth inning of Thursday's win against the Mets.

The Braves were already leading 3-1 at the time, so Doumit's two-run blast off of Daisuke Matsuzaka made it a non-save situation. Doumit hadn't homered since June 28, and he now has four on the season along with 16 RBI and a meager .198/.239/.310 slash line.
Aug 28 - 9:49 PM

Emilio Bonifacio finished 4-for-5 with an RBI triple, an RBI single, and a stolen base as the Braves defeated the Mets on Thursday.

Bonifacio hadn't done much at the plate since joining the Braves at the deadline, as Thursday's effort is only his third multi-hit game as a Brave. He added some insurance for the Braves with an eighth-inning RBI triple to make it 2-0 and later scored the Braves' third run. He made it 6-1 with an RBI single in the ninth. Including his time with the Cubs, Bonifacio is slashing .283/.321/.369 with 20 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
Aug 28 - 9:46 PM

Jonny Venters has been diagnosed with a re-tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow following an MRI.

Awful news for Venters, who has spent all season rehabbing from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He'll now need a third operation if he hopes to continue his career.
Aug 28 - 4:56 PM

Jason Heyward started off Wednesday's win against the Mets with a lead-off home run, his only hit in four at-bats.

Heyward greeted Zack Wheeler rudely, slugging the right-hander's third pitch over the fence to the opposite field. The Braves outfielder now has 11 home runs on the season with 53 RBI and a .270/.351/.391 slash line.
Aug 27 - 10:18 PM

Craig Kimbrel moved into a tie for the National League lead in saves with 39 after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Kimbrel was in danger immediately, allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base on a single and a walk. But a sac bunt, a fielder's choice ground out, and a weak fly out later, Kimbrel was able to wrap up the game for his 39th save. He's tied with Trevor Rosenthal and Francisco Rodriguez for the league lead. The flame-thrower is 39-for-43 in save chances with a 1.73 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, and an 84/24 K/BB ratio.
Aug 27 - 10:15 PM

Julio Teheran earned his 13th win of the season after holding the Mets to one run in 6 1/3 innings of work on Wednesday.

Neither side had much going for them offensively, though Teheran was helped by a pair of spectacular Andrelton Simmons defensive plays, including one to finish the bottom of the eighth inning which saved a run. Teheran allowed just three hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. He owns a 2.90 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and a 116/52 K/BB ratio. Teheran will look for his 14th win on Monday at home against the Phillies.
Aug 27 - 10:10 PM

Braves prospect C Christian Bethancourt (left hand contusion) went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI on Tuesday for Triple-A Gwinnett.

The home run was Bethancourt’s eighth with Gwinnett this season and came in his second game since coming off the disabled list. The 22-year-old has taken a step forward offensively this season as hoped, but he’s still put together a solid .273/.296/.404 batting line to go along with 25 extra-base hits in 86 minor league games. Known for his strong defense behind the plate, Bethancourt will return to the major leagues in September after batting .240 over 50 at-bats with the Braves earlier in the year.
Aug 27 - 3:26 PM

Gavin Floyd (elbow) will not throw before October after having a checkup with Dr. David Altchek on Tuesday.

Coming back from surgery in June to repair a fractured olecranon in his right elbow, Floyd is expected to be fine for spring training. He'll be a free agent this winter. "He will increase his exercise program but won’t throw for six weeks," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But (Braves head trainer Jeff Porter) seems to think it’s normal and doesn’t see any reason he can’t be ready to pitch in spring training, because it’s nothing to do with Tommy John, it’s just the bone."
Aug 27 - 9:34 AM

Justin Upton went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Mets.

Upton got the Braves on the board with the RBI double, his 30th double of the year, in the fourth inning. He also walked in the game, reaching in all four plate appearances. A strong couple of months have Upton's line up to .292/.366/.527.
Aug 26 - 9:51 PM

Alex Wood allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Mets.

The Mets did all their damage in two frames, recording all five hits and three runs against Wood in the second and fourth innings. Otherwise, Wood was strong yet again, walking just one while striking out six. The quality start was his sixth straight, leaving his ERA at 3.09 for the year. Wood will try to get back in the win column Sunday against the Marlins.
Aug 26 - 9:41 PM

Jonny Venters has been shut down again due to lingering discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow.

He'll visit Dr. James Andrews later this week. Venters has struggled to make a full recovery from his second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and can probably be ruled out for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Aug 26 - 5:05 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that "there’s at least a pretty good chance" that Evan Gattis will be traded this offseason.

The Braves' value Gattis' power, but they have Christian Bethancourt in the pipeline, who is far superior behind the plate. There's also no clear fit for him in the outfield, where he would likely be a liability anyway. O'Brien writes that a trade to an American League might be the best thing for him. Gattis has 41 home runs in 197 games over the past two seasons, so he would fetch a nice return.
Aug 26 - 4:18 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves will try to trade B.J. Upton this winter.

The Braves reportedly discussed a swap of bad contracts with the Cubs involving Edwin Jackson and O'Brien writes that talks could be revisited during the offseason. Moving Upton won't be easy, as he still has $47 million remaining on his contract, but O'Brien writes that they could include Mike Minor or cover some of the remaining salary in order to get something done. For what it's worth, O'Brien calls it a "fait accompli" that Upton will be moved by spring training next season.
Aug 26 - 4:11 PM


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