Player News - Braves

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Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Freeman had an RBI single in the first inning before launching his 32nd homer of the year in the sixth. The 32 home runs are a career best, as are his 95 runs scored and six steals. He probably won't touch the 109 RBI he collected in 2013 -- he's got 87 RBI now, with a handful of games left to go -- but there's no question it's been a tremendous year for the 27-year-old.
Sep 25 - 12:23 AM

Aaron Blair allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Blair gave up six hits and walked three, and the right-hander failed to register a strikeout in the outing. The start came five days after he bested Mets stud Noah Syndergaard, speaking to the volatility the 24-year-old has brought to the table this year. Blair owns an 8.02 ERA in 14 starts overall, and a date with the Tigers on Friday could be a rough way to end a trying rookie season.
Sep 25 - 12:14 AM

Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) will pitch in an instructional league game next week.

He'll be joined by Williams Perez, who is rehabbing an elbow impingement. Both players are hoping to make it back by the end of the season but with eight games left on the schedule, that might be a reach. Jim Johnson has filled in seamlessly at closer, though Vizcaino should get his ninth-inning gig back when Johnson inevitably leaves in free agency.
Sep 24 - 6:46 PM

Shae Simmons is dealing with soreness in his right forearm.

The injury isn't considered serious but with a week left in the regular season, the team isn't going to push him. Simmons holds an impressive 1.35 ERA in seven relief outings since his call-up earlier this month.
Sep 24 - 5:48 PM

Adonis Garcia went 3-for-5 with a go-ahead RBI single in a 3-2 win over the Marlins.

The Braves trailed 2-0 early on, but they tied things up in the sixth inning before Garcia put them in front in the ninth. The 31-year-old has enjoyed a productive second half and is batting .274/.314/.413 with 14 homers and 63 RBI on the year.
Sep 23 - 10:59 PM

Mauricio Cabrera tossed a scoreless inning Friday against the Marlins for his sixth save of the season.

Cabrera issued a one-out walk to Jeff Francoeur of all people, but he was erased on a stolen base attempt and Justin Bour lined out to end it. The hard-throwing right-hander has now notched saves on back-to-back nights. Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said after the game that he wanted to give Jim Johnson another night off, but it sounds like he should be good to go for a possible save chance Saturday.
Sep 23 - 10:59 PM

Matt Wisler gave up two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on Friday.

Wisler gave up a two-run double to Martin Prado in the first inning, but he held the Marlins off the board the rest of the way. In fact, he retired 18 out of the final 20 batters he faced. He struck out five and walked three in the no-decision and now holds a 4.86 ERA and 112/47 K/BB ratio through 152 innings this season. His last start of the year will come against the Phillies next week at home.
Sep 23 - 10:58 PM

Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 27 games in Friday’s win over the Marlins.

Freeman finished the night 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and a run scored. He’s hitting a cool .365 during his career-long hitting streak and has pulled his batting average up from .289 to .303 along the way.
Sep 23 - 10:57 PM

Michael Foltynewicz (calf) could rejoin the Braves' rotation on Tuesday versus the Phillies.

He'll have gone just over two weeks in between starts at that point due to a sore calf. If Foltynewicz is able to take the ball on Tuesday, he would have time to get in two starts before the end of the regular season.
Sep 23 - 4:48 PM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI as the Braves doubled up the Marlins 6-3 on Thursday.

Kemp hit a two-run dong in the third inning before tacking on a solo shot in the sixth. Quietly, the 31-year-old is having his best offensive season, by counting stats, since his near-MVP 2011 season. Kemp is batting .272/.305/.499 with 33 homers, 104 RBI and 85 runs scored while playing 148 games to date.
Sep 22 - 11:09 PM

Mauricio Cabrera pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins on Thursday to earn his fifth save.

Cabrera, working on a day when Jim Johnson was unavailable, issued a walk but allowed nothing more to preserve the victory. The save was his fifth in six chances, and he's also got eight holds. The Braves still have the injured Arodys Vizcaino and it's unclear what their bullpen might look like next spring, but Cabrera's 2.95 ERA may earn him a higher-leverage role in 2017.
Sep 22 - 10:56 PM

Ender Inciarte went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

Inciarte, sometimes the forgotten man in the Shelby Miller trade that sent first overall pick Dansby Swanson to the Braves along with Inciarte and Aaron Blair, has quietly had a very good first season in Atlanta. Aside from making game-saving catches, the 25-year-old is also hitting .296/.354/.389 with 16 stolen bases and 80 runs scored. If Swanson was the main prize, Inciarte has been the cherry on top for the Braves.
Sep 22 - 10:53 PM

Josh Collmenter limited the Marlins to two runs over seven innings in a win Thursday.

Collmenter was deemed so worthless that the lowly Diamondbacks released him in August, but the right-hander is now 2-0 with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings over two starts with the Braves. On Thursday, he allowed five hits and walked two while striking out four over his seven innings. It's strange to say, but the 30-year-old could actually be a decent streaming option next week against the Phillies.
Sep 22 - 10:43 PM

Jim Johnson earned the save in a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Wednesday but needed an outfielder to leap over the wall and pull back a home run to avoid a loss.

Johnson allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Nimmo before striking out Jay Bruce. He then walked Travis d'Arnaud to put the winning run aboard. Johnson got Asdrubal Cabrera to fly out to bring Yoenis Cespedes to the plate. Cespedes launched a deep drive to right-center field but Ender Inciarte scaled the wall to prevent the home run and end the game. Johnson now has 17 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 60 2/3 innings.
Sep 21 - 11:58 PM

Ryan Weber surrendered three runs in five innings but escaped with a no-decision against the Mets on Wednesday.

He gave up a two-run bomb to Asdrubal Cabrera in the first inning and a solo shot to Rene Rivera in the fifth. Weber has pitched mostly out of the bullpen this year, even in the minors. This was his second major league start of the season. He has a 5.45 ERA in 36 1/3 innings. He pitches to contact as his 23/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio proves. He is not a recommended streaming option in fantasy leagues.
Sep 21 - 11:51 PM


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