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Braves recalled RHP Brandon Cunniff from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Cunniff had a sharp 2.00 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 10 relief appearances earlier this season with the Braves. The 26-year-old right-hander should stick around for a while.
May 5 - 4:26 PM

Braves designated LHP Donnie Veal for assignment.

Veal allowed four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief with Atlanta, but he's a left-hander so he will probably draw some interest on waivers. The 30-year-old owns a 5.16 ERA in 68 career major league frames.
May 5 - 4:24 PM

Alex Wood took the loss on Monday against the Phillies, serving up three runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Wood stymied the Phillies in his April 24 start in Philadelphia, but it was a different story on Monday. He was quickly behind the eight-ball following a three-run first inning. He allowed back-to-back one-out singles in the fifth inning before giving way to Michael Kohn, who bailed him out. Wood allowed nine hits, walked two, and struck out four. He carries a 4.32 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP, and a 24/13 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings. Wood will take the hill in D.C. against the Nationals next.
May 4 - 10:44 PM

Braves prospect Jose Peraza clubbed four hits Sunday in a win for Triple-A Gwinnett.

Peraza added three RBI, raising his season total to seven. The 21-year-old rarely strikes out (ten punchouts this year) and hits for a high average (.301 in 93 at-bats). The problem is, he doesn't work deep into counts and has no power to speak of (no home runs). When Peraza does get on base, he's always a threat to steal. So far, he's recorded seven thefts on eight attempts. The second baseman could make his big league debut later this year.
Source: MILB.com
May 4 - 2:42 PM

Braves prospect Manny Banuelos starred in Saturday's win for Triple-A Gwinnett, holding Toledo to two hits in six scoreless innings.

Banuelos hasn't lost yet this year, starting the season 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA. Saturday's outing included three strikeouts and the same number of walks. His fastball topped out at 94, though he spent most of the night in the 91-92 mph range. Banuelos may never throw as hard as he did before Tommy John surgery but he's still giving Gwinnett meaningful innings. This is his first year with the Braves after spending eight seasons in the Yankees' farm system.
Source: MILB.com
May 3 - 5:04 PM

Kelly Johnson went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-0 victory against the Reds.

Johnson, playing at third base in this contest, pushed the Braves' lead to 3-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run off of Johnny Cueto. He had been seeing starts in left field more recently. The utilityman has been a surprising source of offense for the Braves as he has five home runs with 13 RBI, and is batting .250/.297/.533.
May 3 - 4:25 PM

Jonny Gomes clubbed a solo home run in a 1-for-4 effort as the Braves beat the Reds on Sunday.

Gomes took Johnny Cueto yard in the third inning for a solo home run, his third of the season. The outfielder had recorded only four hits in his previous 23 at-bats dating back to April 18. Gomes is only hitting .227 but the rest of his triple-slash line (.327 OBP, .477 SLG) is decent. As he has been losing playing time to Kelly Johnson in left field, Gomes is not worth rostering in most formats.
May 3 - 4:23 PM

Julio Teheran got the win on Sunday after shutting out the Reds over six innings of work.

And with that, Teheran notched his first terrific outing since his Opening Day start back on April 6. It's been a tough start to the season for Teheran, who limited the Reds to three hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 3.82, and carries a 1.42 WHIP with a 28/14 K/BB ratio in 33 innings. Teheran will look to keep it going in his next start on the road against the Nationals.
May 3 - 4:16 PM

Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Reds.

Maybin hit the home run off of Jason Marquis in the fifth inning. It was his fourth tater of the season. He added a ninth-inning RBI single to finish with three RBI, but his offensive work was not enough to lead the Braves to a win. Maybin wound up 2-for-3 on the night. For the season, he's batting .209/.320/.488. The average is abysmal, but for lack of better options, the Braves will probably keep giving him regular at-bats.
May 2 - 11:50 PM

Eric Stults struggled in Saturday's loss to the Reds, yielding six runs on 11 hits over seven innings.

Though Stults survived through seven innings, they weren't of the quality variety. The Reds scored in a number of ways, knocking Stults for RBI singles, an RBI triple and three home runs. They ultimately compiled 11 hits and six runs on the veteran. When Stults left the game, his ERA stood at 4.91 and his WHIP at 1.30. He's not a viable fantasy starter, but he'll try to pitch better on a road date with the Nationals in his next start.
May 2 - 11:36 PM

Braves transferred LHP Mike Minor from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

This allows the Braves to add Pedro Ciriaco to the 40-man roster. Minor's rotator cuff flared up in spring training and he suffered a setback when he resumed throwing in early April. It's the second year in a row Minor has been plagued by injuries. No timetable has been discussed for his return.
May 2 - 4:47 PM

Braves recalled INF Pedro Ciriaco from Triple-A Gwinnett.

With Chris Johnson on the disabled list, Ciriaco will provide additional infield depth for the Braves. Through 20 games at Gwinnett, he was hitting just .234/.253/.286 with a homer, seven RBI and a 15/1 K/BB ratio in 77 at-bats.
May 2 - 2:21 PM

Braves optioned LHP Ian Thomas to Triple-A Gwinnett.

The 28-year-old southpaw appeared in four games with the Braves, posting a 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 3/3 K/BB ratio over his four innings of work. He should get another opportunity to pitch out of the Braves bullpen at some point during the season.
May 2 - 2:19 PM

Kelly Johnson blasted a two-run homer in the fifth inning on Friday, powering the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Reds.

It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the evening, but he certainly made the most of it, lining an Anthony DeSclafani offering over the wall in right that proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has held his own at the plate this season, slashing .250/.304/.519 with four homers and 11 RBI in 52 at-bats.
May 1 - 10:31 PM

Jason Grilli slammed the door on the Reds in the ninth inning on Friday, earning his eighth save of the season in the process.

Grilli allowed just one hit and struck out one in his scoreless inning of work. He has now successfully converted eight of his first nine save chances on the season while registering a a 4.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 14/3 K/BB ratio in his nine innings.
May 1 - 10:29 PM


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