Player News - Braves

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Tyrell Jenkins was hammered for seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Braves fell to the Rockies on Sunday.

Jenkins walked five and gave up eight hits, including three home runs. The rookie right-hander now has a 6.17 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over his first 23 1/3 major league innings. Maybe he should return to a relief role.
Jul 24 - 7:12 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal was told by a rival executive that the Braves have been "aggressively shopping" Erick Aybar, Jeff Francoeur and their left-handed relievers.

Aybar had a nice June but fell back to Earth again in July. Francoeur entered play Sunday batting .288/.331/.450 against left-handed pitching, so it's possible he could fill a niche role. The Braves surely won't be expecting much.
Jul 24 - 5:06 PM

Braves signed C Michael McKenry to a minor league contract.

McKenry elected free agency after being removed from the Cardinals' 40-man roster and quickly caught on with a new club. A.J. Pierzynski's name has been brought up in trade rumors, so perhaps McKenry will get a shot to replace him.
Jul 24 - 8:54 AM

Matt Wisler took a beating at Coors Field on Saturday, giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings and earning his 10th loss of the season.

Good things rarely happen for pitchers in Denver and today was no exception. Wisler allowed seven baserunners and six of them scored. He gave up five hits and two walks while fanning three. The bad game lowers his record to 4-10 with a 4.92 ERA. As a mediocre pitcher on a team that rarely gives him much run support, Wisler is only an option for desperate fantasy owners. On the other hand, he is only 23 years old and is holding his own in the major leagues already, so maybe he will be a good fantasy pitcher in a few years.
Jul 24 - 1:00 AM

Adonis Garcia stroked two hits in four chances, adding an RBI and a run scored on Saturday.

He singled and scored in the first inning. He singled again in the third inning to drive in Freddie Freeman. The 31-year-old is playing most every day for the Braves but has not put up the kind of numbers to be a viable fantasy option. He is batting .257 with 7 home runs in 299 plate appearances.
Jul 24 - 12:43 AM

Julio Teheran (lat) performed well in strength tests Saturday.

The hope is that Teheran -- a possible trade chip for the rebuilding Braves -- won't have to miss a rotation turn. He left his start Friday against the Rockies because of a minor lat strain. Look for a decision on Monday or Tuesday, after he throws a bullpen session.
Jul 23 - 5:41 PM

Julio Teheran was diagnosed with a mild lat strain which caused him to leave Friday's start against the Rockies prematurely.

The right-hander thinks that the issue is minor and that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list, though a lot will depend on how he responds in the next couple of days.
Jul 23 - 1:35 AM

Jace Peterson hit his fifth homer Friday against the Rockies' Jason Motte.

Peterson lost his job early this year and was sent down for a time, but he's been one of the Braves' best players this year, amassing a .743 OPS in 171 at-bats. Of course, with just 17 RBI, 23 runs scored and one steal in his 57 games, he still hasn't been able to do much for fantasy leaguers. That doesn't seem likely to change.
Jul 23 - 12:08 AM

Julio Teheran was removed from Friday's start against the Rockies in the fifth inning due to an apparent injury.

Teheran may have tweaked something in his side while attempting to reach for a ground ball. The Braves should have an update on his status shortly. Any sort of injury or time missed though would certainly be a major blow to the right-hander's trade value, with the deadline only a week away.
Jul 22 - 10:32 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Royals are among the teams that have shown interest in Nick Markakis.

The Royals are known to be seeking outfield help and Markakis makes sense as a target, especially since he fits the club's M.O. as a high-contact hitter. Bowman notes that the Braves "would almost certainly" have to eat some of the $22 million the veteran outfielder is owed through the end of 2018. Markakis has hit only eight homers since the beginning of 2015 but sports a solid .283/.358/.372 batting line over that stretch.
Jul 22 - 11:33 AM

Lucas Harrell surrendered four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Reds.

Harrell was pitching pretty well until the bottom of the sixth, when the Reds took the lead on a Jose Peraza two-run single and a Tucker Barnhart two-run homer. Harrell pitched well in his first two starts with the Braves and he even showed flashes Wednesday, but his last two overall lines do not look pretty. He gets the Twins on the road next.
Jul 20 - 3:17 PM

Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th as the Braves beat the Reds 5-4 on Tuesday.

The Braves would love a hot streak from Markakis here to give him a little trade value. Publicly, they've talked about him as a key piece as they move into their new ballpark. Really, though, he's an average-at-best regular who turns 33 in November and who isn't particularly likely to be worth the $21 million he's owed between 2017 and 2018. He has a .700 OPS right now.
Jul 19 - 11:19 PM

Tyrell Jenkins pitched six innings and allowed two runs in a no-decision against the Reds on Tuesday.

Jenkins has allowed three runs over 10 innings in his two outings since joining the rotation. There's no short-term fantasy upside here, but it'd be a big lift to the Braves if he shows he can be a long-term starter. Most have projected him as a reliever.
Jul 19 - 11:14 PM

Jim Johnson blew a two-run lead by giving up four hits in the ninth Tuesday against the Reds.

Johnson was the pick to close with Arodys Vizcaino hurt, but he was singled to death. The last of them was a Billy Hamilton grounder to short that would have been an out for anyone else, though Johnson had already blown the lead by that point. Since Johnson doesn't really seem up for the job, the Braves should mix and match in the ninth with Vizcaino out. Mauricio Cabrera might be the best option.
Jul 19 - 11:10 PM

Shae Simmons (lat) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Thursday in the Gulf Coast League.

Simmons felt good after going through a simulated game on Monday and is now ready to face live hitters again in a meaningful setting. He had to halt a rehab assignment in May after experiencing shoulder soreness. The 25-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2015 season following Tommy John surgery and he hasn't thrown a pitch at the major league level in 2016.
Jul 19 - 4:37 PM


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