Player News - Braves

Date: Team: Pos:

Emilio Bonifacio went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI and a run scored against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

He singled home a run in the 5th inning and hit a ground-rule double to drive in another run in the eighth inning. The 31-year-old will try to make the team as a backup outfielder. He hit .211/.268/.211 in 24 games with the Braves last year.
Feb 25 - 6:04 PM

Bartolo Colon made his spring debut with the Braves while allowing a run in two innings in a 7-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday.

He gave up three hits but no walks while striking out one. He will turn 44 years old in May but still knows how to win games. He went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA as a Met last year.
Feb 25 - 5:58 PM

Braves claimed 1B/OF Christian Walker off of waivers from the Orioles.

The 25-year-old hit .264/.321/.437 with 18 homers and 64 RBI in 131 games at Triple-A Norfolk for the O's in 2016. Given his versatility, he could carve out a bench spot on the Braves' Opening Day roster with a strong showing in the spring.
Feb 25 - 2:21 PM

Brandon Phillips is batting sixth in the lineup for his Grapefruit League debut with the Braves on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

This looks an awful lot like it could be the club's Opening Day lineup, minus the fact that there's a designated hitter in play. Phillips spent most of his time with the Reds alternating between the 3-5 spots in the lineup, so expect his counting stats to take a small hit overall with the bump down.
Feb 25 - 7:56 AM

Braves signed OF Sanders Commings to a minor league contract.

Commings was a fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 but his NFL career lasted all of two games. The former defensive back was an accomplished baseball player in high school, hitting .520 in his senior year before being selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 Draft. He passed on signing and instead went on to play college football at the University of Georgia. It's doubtful Commings will advance past the lower levels of the minor leagues, but it will be interesting to watch his development.
Feb 23 - 7:10 PM

Orioles designated 1B/OF Christian Walker for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Richard Bleier on the 40-man roster. There's no clear path for Walker in the outfield or at first base, so the Orioles deemed him expendable. He turns 26 next month and batted .264/.321/.437 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 131 games last season at Triple-A Norfolk.
Feb 21 - 2:03 PM

Daniel Winkler (elbow) is expected to begin the 2017 season on the disabled list.

Winkler has missed most of the last two seasons with major elbow problems and is still pretty far behind as 2017 spring training enters its second week. The right-hander will aim to join the Braves' bullpen sometime in mid-to-late April.
Feb 20 - 1:16 PM

Sean Rodriguez's left shoulder surgery involved the repair of a badly torn rotator cuff, labrum damage and a biceps tendon that had to relocated.

It's no wonder that he's essentially already been ruled out for the season. Rodriguez, who suffered the injuries during a car crash in late January, is under contract with the Braves through 2018.
Feb 19 - 2:36 PM

Chase d'Arnaud took reps at first base on Saturday.

Utility man Sean Rodriguez was slated to back up Freddie Freeman at first base in addition to playing second base against left-handed pitchers, but now he's likely out for the season after injuring his shoulder in a car accident. D'Arnaud claims he hasn't played first since Little League but is willing to give it a shot with Rodriguez sidelined indefinitely. Nick Markakis, who has started five career games at first base, will also get reps there this spring.
Feb 18 - 5:55 PM

Matt Kemp reported to Braves' camp in much better shape.

Kemp didn't put a number on how much weight he lost, but David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the outfielder's "waist, midsection and backside are slimmer, and his arms and chest are massive." O'Brien also notes that Kemp was "overweight" when the Braves acquired him last summer, although that didn't hurt his production as he hit .280/.336/.519 with 12 homers over 56 games down the stretch. Still, it's encouraging that the 32-year-old appears motivated. He'll hit cleanup this season for the Braves.
Feb 17 - 9:02 AM

Sean Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

Rodriguez, who signed a two-year deal with the Braves earlier this winter, suffered the unfortunate injury in a car crash on January 28. The expectation is that he'll miss the entire season. It's too bad, as he figured to play an important role with Atlanta. The Braves have since acquired Brandon Phillips from the Reds to play second base.
Feb 15 - 3:13 PM

Jaime Garcia hasn't decided whether he'll pitch for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

It was reported back in December that Garcia will pitch for his native country, but he said Tuesday that the Braves are his priority. The southpaw was acquired from the Cardinals over the winter after putting up a disappointing 4.67 ERA over 30 starts in 2016.
Feb 14 - 1:26 PM

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday that prospect infielder Ozzie Albies (elbow) is "a little behind" and won't get in games for a few weeks.

Albies underwent surgery last September to repair a fractured olecranon bone in his right elbow. There's still a chance that he could be ready for the start of the season, but the Braves don't want to rush their top prospect. The 20-year-old could see his first taste of the majors this year if he shows improvement during his second stint in Triple-A.
Feb 14 - 9:28 AM

Braves acquired 2B Brandon Phillips and cash from the Reds in exchange for LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo.

The Reds are paying all but $1 million that's owed to Phillips and are receiving two non-prospects in return, so this is just about moving on and giving an opportunity to Jose Peraza and perhaps Dilson Herrera. From the Braves' perspective, they gave up next-to-nothing and got a solid second baseman following Sean Rodriguez's shoulder injury. ESPN's Buster Olney hears that the Braves are likely to bat Phillips sixth in their lineup.
Feb 12 - 2:12 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves and Reds "have completed their agreement" in the trade of Brandon Phillips to Atlanta.

Olney says that only "administrative boxes" need to be checked before the trade is announced. MLB.com's Mark Sheldon hears that the Reds will receive two players from the Braves in the deal and that Cincinnati is eating most of the $14 million Phillips is owed in 2017. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that the two sides hope to announce the trade on Monday. Phillips will take over at second base in Atlanta, while Jose Peraza is now in line to play second for Cincinnati.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 8:22 AM


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