Player News - Braves

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Adonis Garcia went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Mets.

The Braves held just a 1-0 lead heading into the eighth inning, but opened up some much-needed breathing room with a four-run frame. The big blow came courtesy of Garcia, who provided in the clutch when he launched a three-run homer off reliever Logan Verrett. For the season, the 31-year-old third baseman is slashing .253/.296/.356 with five homers and 21 RBI over 194 at-bats. He can be safely avoided for fantasy purposes.
Jun 26 - 5:59 PM

Bud Norris was superb in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Mets, hurling seven innings of shutout ball.

The eight strikeouts marked a season-high for Norris. He scattered four hits and did not walk a batter over his seven innings of work. Since entering the starting rotation at the beginning of June, the 31-year-old right-hander has allowed more than two runs just once in five starts (he allowed three in the outlier). He will look to continue this nice roll in a home showdown with the Marlins next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 26 - 5:47 PM

Joel de la Cruz is a candidate to start Wednesday's game against the Indians.

That would have been Aaron Blair's turn to pitch but the Braves optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. De la Cruz was called up last month but the Braves sent him down before he got a chance to pitch in a game. The 27-year-old holds a 4.68 ERA over 21 appearances (five starts) for Gwinnett this season.
Jun 26 - 12:01 AM

Julio Teheran twirled eight shutout innings, striking out seven, but settled for a no-decision Saturday against the Mets.

Teheran and Jacob deGrom were both excellent, and neither was still around when the Mets won in the 11th inning. The 25-year-old gave up just five hits, all singles, without issuing a walk on the evening, his second consecutive scoreless start. He's been nothing short of terrific this year, posting a 2.46 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 99/24 K/BB ratio over 106 innings of work, but he's just 3-7 to show for it. Teheran will try to get back in the win column Thursday against the Marlins.
Jun 25 - 11:00 PM

Casey Kelly could take Aaron Blair's spot in the Braves' rotation next Wednesday against the Indians.

Blair was demoted after an ugly start Friday against the Mets. Kelly, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett earlier this month, owns a 5.79 ERA and 5/6 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings over one start and seven relief appearances with the Braves this season.
Jun 25 - 3:03 PM

Braves recalled LHP Matt Marksberry from Triple-A Gwinnett.

He'll take Aaron Blair's spot on the active roster. Marksberry made one appearance with the Braves back in April and owns a 2.84 ERA and 25/14 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings this season in Triple-A.
Jun 25 - 2:37 PM

Braves optioned RHP Aaron Blair to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Blair gets the boot after being hammered for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Mets. He now owns a 7.99 ERA over 11 starts in the majors. Blair still offers promise for the long-term, but he has some work to do.
Jun 25 - 2:34 PM

Aaron Blair was hammered for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Mets.

Blair remains winless through his first 11 starts in the majors. He has deserved better on a couple of occasions, but this wasn’t one of them. He allowed seven hits (including a three-run homer to James Loney in the fifth) and three walks in the loss and now stands at 0-5 with a 7.99 ERA. Assuming the Braves stick with him, he’ll get the Indians next week.
Jun 24 - 11:04 PM

Braves signed C/INF Jordan Pacheco to a minor league contract.

Pacheco was released by the Reds a couple days ago but didn't need much time to find another gig. He'll provide organizational depth at multiple positions.
Jun 24 - 4:41 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Red Sox have inquired on Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino.

While Bowden notes that the Red Sox and Braves "really do match up well for a potential blockbuster type deal," he cautions that "there is no traction to a trade at this time." Teheran is surely going to be one of the hottest names involved in trade rumors next month, as he's put up a 2.66 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 92/24 K/BB ratio across 98 innings this season. He's under control cheaply through 2020, though, so the Braves might not be in a rush to move him. Vizcaino has been one of the best relievers in baseball with a 2.01 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 frames. He's under team control through 2018.
Jun 24 - 10:59 AM

Adonis Garcia hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to break a tie and lead the Braves to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Thursday.

Garcia got just enough of an Addison Reed pitch to clear the wall in left field for the game-winning dinger. It was his fourth of the year and his third in his last 10 games. He's hitting .389 with six RBI and six runs scored in that span, bringing his overall line up to .258/.304/.346.
Jun 23 - 11:16 PM

Arodys Vizcaino pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets on Thursday to earn his ninth save.

Vizcaino issued a walk but no further damage in the frame. He's got just nine saves on the year, but that's not a knock on Vizcaino as much as it is a testament to how bad the Braves have been, as the right-hander owns a 2.01 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings. With other teams showing interest, Vizcaino could be a hot name around the trade deadline.
Jun 23 - 11:07 PM

Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in a win over the Mets on Thursday.

Markakis scored the first two runs of the game for the Braves against Mets starter Matt Harvey. He had a rough month of May, but the 32-year-old is hitting a modest .259 with 10 RBI and nine runs scored this month. Markakis is hitting .247/.334/.337 in an uncharacteristically down first half.
Jun 23 - 11:01 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Arodys Vizcaino is drawing "intense" trade interest.

It's no surprise that Vizcaino is generating so much buzz. The 25-year-old owns an elite 1.83 ERA since the start of last season and is making under $900,000 this year. With that said, it's going to take a huge offer for the rebuilding Braves to even consider trading their star closer. As it stands now, Vizcaino won't reach free agency until 2019.
Jun 23 - 10:56 PM

Matt Wisler had to battle through 6 2/3 innings Thursday, allowing three runs in a no-decision against the Mets.

Wisler gave up seven hits and walked four, but he managed to avoid any crooked numbers despite allowing baserunners in basically every inning. He struck out just one on the night, his lowest strikeout total in 14 starts this year. The 23-year-old has a 4.22 ERA and 1.22 WHIP overall, and he'll square off with the Indians in an interleague tilt Tuesday.
Jun 23 - 10:45 PM


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