Player News - Braves

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Mike Soroka (shoulder) faced live hitters twice during the Braves' fall instructional league.

That should put him on the path to a normal offseason. Soroka was shut down in late June due to lingering inflammation in his right shoulder, but he is expected to be 100 percent leading into spring training next February and the talented 21-year-old will likely have a shot at cracking Atlanta's Opening Day rotation if his health cooperates. Soroka registered a 3.51 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio over his first 25 2/3 major league innings (five starts) in 2018.
Oct 17 - 1:44 PM

The Braves are open to moving Ronald Acuna to right field if they acquire a player who is a better fit in left field.

The Braves are expected to be in the market for a corner outfielder, so they have some flexibility here. Impending free agent Nick Markakis was the regular right fielder in 2018 and remains a possibility to return. Bryce Harper will be the top free agent outfielder on the board, but Andrew McCutchen, A.J. Pollock, and Michael Brantley are among the other notable names. Of course, the Braves could also look to the trade market.
Oct 15 - 3:14 PM

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Monday that the club has interest in retaining impending free agents Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki.

Anthopoulos didn't say whether any negotiations have taken place, but it's safe to assume they'll be in touch soon if they haven't already. While Markakis dropped off during the second half, he still had his best season in several years with a .297/.366/.440 batting line to go along with 14 homers and 93 RBI. He'll turn 35 in November. Suzuki worked as part of a tandem with Tyler Flowers once again while batting .271/.332/.444 with 12 homers and 50 RBI over 105 games. He turned 35 earlier this month.
Oct 15 - 12:04 PM

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos confirmed Monday that Chuck Hernandez will not return as the team's pitching coach in 2019.

Hernandez just completed his second season on the job. The Braves won the NL East this season and saw some breakouts in their rotation, Mike Foltynewicz the most prominent among them, but the club also led the National League with 635 walks. It's unclear when the Braves will begin interviewing possible replacements. As for Hernandez, it's possible he'll remain with the organization in a different role.
Oct 15 - 11:50 AM

Braves signed manager Brian Snitker to a two-year extension.

The deal includes an option for a third year in 2021. It's well-deserved, as Snitker led the Braves to a surprising 90 wins and an NL East title. The Braves lost to the Dodgers in the NLDS, but the future looks bright.
Oct 15 - 10:27 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that Nick Markakis will not receive the qualifying offer from the Braves.

Markakis will hit the free agent market after turning 35 in November, and teams will be able to sign him without worry of giving up a draft pick; assuming Heyman's report is correct. He's coming off his best season in years with an .803 OPS, 14 homers and 93 RBI. He should see interest from other clubs, but because of his age, he's probably looking at a short-term contract.
Oct 11 - 7:23 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Braves are working on a new contract for manager Brian Snitker.

Not a big surprise here. Snitker led the Braves to an NL East title in 2018, and Heyman reports that the players and the 62-year-old manager have great communication. Assuming he's correct, a contract extension should be announced shortly; perhaps even before the end of the playoffs.
Oct 11 - 7:17 PM

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday that there are no "long-term concerns" about Dansby Swanson's left hand.

Swanson had to sit out of the Braves' National League Division Series loss to the Dodgers after suffering ligament damage in his left hand in the final week of the regular season. "Talking to the doctors, he just needs rest and time," Snitker told MLB.com. "He just needs to heal and he should be fine. It's just something that will take a while. He'll continue treatment and rest before he actually starts offseason stuff. But they have never expressed any long-term concerns to me. He should be ready for the start of spring training."
Oct 9 - 5:23 PM

Anibal Sanchez said following Monday's NLDS elimination that he hopes to play another couple of seasons.

Sanchez added that he'd "love" to return to the Braves, though they'll obviously have some competition. The veteran right-hander was a huge surprise this season, posting a 2.83 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 135/42 K/BB ratio over 136 2/3 innings. He turns 35 in February.
Oct 9 - 11:44 AM

Mike Foltynewicz walked four but permitted just one run over four frames Monday, settling for a no-decision in the Braves’ loss to the Dodgers.

Making the start on three days’ rest, Foltynewicz issued a two-out walk to Max Muncy and RBI double to Manny Machado in the first inning. He was able to pitch out of trouble after that, though, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the second and a two-on, two-out situation in the fourth. Manager Brian Snitker elected to pinch-hit for Folty in the bottom of the fourth and the decision paid off when Kurt Suzuki smacked a two-RBI single. However, Atlanta’s bullpen – most notably Jonny Venters and Chad Sobotka – was unable to hold the Dodgers in check.
Oct 8 - 8:40 PM

Kurt Suzuki drove in the Braves' only two runs with a two-out, two-RBI, pinch-hit single in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

Manager Brian Snitker elected to pinch-hit for starter Mike Foltynewicz in the bottom of the fourth inning and it paid off when Suzuki delivered a clutch hit to put the Braves up 2-1 at the time. However, the Dodgers then outscored them 5-0 the rest of the way. The Braves drew five walks but managed just six singles on the day.
Oct 8 - 8:21 PM

Ozzie Albies will hit second in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Monday.

Johan Camargo hit second in the Braves' previous matchups against lefties (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw), but he's 0-for-12 during the NLDS, so Albies will get a shot this time. The full lineup for Atlanta: Ronald Acuña, Jr. LF, Albies 2B, Freddie Freeman 1B, Nick Markakis RF, Camargo 3B, Tyler Flowers C, Inciarte CF, Charlie Culberson SS, Mike Foltynewicz SP.
Oct 8 - 1:14 PM

Mike Foltynewicz will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Monday.

Foltynewicz only lasted two innings while giving up four runs on three hits (including two homers) and three walks, so he's looking to work much deeper this time around. Julio Teheran will be available out of the bullpen if needed in the must-win game for Atlanta. Rich Hill is slated to start for the Dodgers as they attempt to move on to the NLCS against the Brewers.
Oct 8 - 8:55 AM

Ronald Acuna clobbered a grand slam on Sunday, powering the Braves to a 6-5 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS.

Acuna swatted his game-changing blast off of Walker Buehler in the second inning, increasing the Braves' early lead to 5-0. He also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the night 1-for-3. At 20 years and 293 days, Acuna became the youngest player in postseason history to hit a grand slam. He'll need to continue his heroics on Monday if the Braves are to stave off elimination for another day.
Oct 7 - 11:47 PM

Freddie Freeman blasted a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning on Sunday, propelling the Braves to victory over the Dodgers in a must-win Game 3 of the NLDS.

After Ronald Acuna's grand slam gave the Braves an early 5-0 lead, the Dodgers rallied back to tie the game at 5-5 in the fifth inning. One inning later, Freeman untied it with a massive blast to right-center off of Alex Wood. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night and he's just 2-for-12 (.167) on the series.
Oct 7 - 11:47 PM


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