Player News - Braves

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Freddie Freeman clubbed his 27th home run of the season in a losing effort against the Giants on Sunday afternoon.

Freeman tagged Giants' ace Madison Bumgarner for the two-run blast in the sixth inning, cutting the Braves deficit at the time to 5-3. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. Freeman is now hitting .290/.386/.548 and has already far surpassed his career-best with 27 home runs.
Aug 28 - 7:52 PM

Aaron Blair was hit hard in Sunday's loss to the Giants, surrendering five runs on eight hits in only four innings of work.

Blair struck out three and didn't walk a batter on the afternoon. His difficulty stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as Joe Panik blasted a pair of homers against him and Denard Span added a solo shot. The rookie right-hander now sits at 0-6 on the season with a troublesome 8.23 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. He'll try to right the ship on Saturday against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Aug 28 - 7:49 PM

Braves pitching prospect Jed Bradley could be called up to make his major league debut Wednesday versus the Padres.

The former first-round pick has experience a career resurrection since being acquired from the Brewers in June, posting a 2.19 ERA and 84/28 K/BB ratio over 78 innings between Double- and Triple-A. Bradley could wind up sticking the rotation for the rest of the season if he pitches well, as the Braves are desperately in need of quality arms.
Aug 28 - 9:34 AM

The Braves will skip Joel de la Cruz's next start.

De la Cruz has allowed nine runs over his last two starts and could be wearing down since he did more relieving than starting at Triple-A this season. Matt Wisler will start on regular rest Tuesday in de la Cruz's place.
Aug 28 - 9:29 AM

Braves optioned RHP John Gant to Triple-A Gwinnett.

He's clearing out to make room for Sunday's starter, Aaron Blair. Gant will rejoin the Braves' bullpen in September for expanded rosters.
Aug 28 - 8:30 AM

Braves recalled RHP Aaron Blair from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Blair will rejoin the rotation on Sunday versus the Giants. He's been a mess in his previous chances, posting a 7.99 ERA over 11 starts. Blair should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Aug 28 - 8:28 AM

Michael Foltynewicz limited the Giants to one run in 7 2/3 innings as the Braves won 3-1 on Saturday.

He struck out six while yielding only five hits and one base-on-balls in the excellent outing. His one mistake came on a solo shot by Brandon Crawford. Foltynewicz was fortunate to be facing a Giants lineup missing Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Eduardo Nunez but looked great nonetheless. He is now 7-5 with a 4.30 ERA and 89 punchouts in 102 2/3 innings. The hard-throwing right-hander has solidified himself as a major league starting pitcher and hushed those who said he would be better off in the bullpen.
Aug 28 - 1:01 AM

Jim Johnson kept the Giants off the bases in a clean ninth inning to snare his 13th save of the season on Saturday.

He induced three consecutive groundouts to close out the game without any drama. Johnson has been a steady presence in the back of the Atlanta bullpen. He has 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Johnson took over the closer's role when Arodys Vizcaino got hurt and didn't give it back when Vizcaino returned.
Aug 28 - 12:43 AM

Matt Kemp got only one hit on Saturday but it was the only one that mattered as his three-run jack in the fourth inning carried the Braves to victory over the Giants.

The blast plated the only runs his team would score but it was enough to win the game. Kemp has been a valuable fantasy contributor this year with a .260 batting average, 26 home runs and 84 RBI. He has yet to steal a base though. Back when he was a perennial first round pick his owners could count on him for 30-40 steals per season. Without those bags Kemp is merely a mid-round draft pick.
Aug 28 - 12:35 AM

The Braves will call up right-hander Aaron Blair to start Sunday against the Giants.

John Gant will be sent down to Triple-A in order to make room for him on the active roster. Blair holds an ugly 7.99 ERA and 29/29 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings over 11 starts this season and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Aug 27 - 11:54 PM

Williams Perez (shoulder) allowed six runs in three innings Saturday in his first minor league rehab start with Class A Rome.

Perez, out since June 8 with a right rotator cuff strain, moved up to Class A after throwing three scoreless innings with the GCL Braves on Monday. It didn't go as well in this one, as he gave up seven hits and walked a pair. The Braves surely want to see better before bringing him back, but he has a chance to return in September.
Aug 27 - 9:16 PM

Matt Wisler is expected to start Tuesday against the Padres.

This means that the Braves will skip Joel De La Cruz in the rotation. Wisler is coming off a brilliant outing on Thursday against the Diamondbacks where he allowed one run on two hits over eight innings.
Aug 27 - 7:18 PM

Adonis Garcia went 0-for-4 and committed his 17th error of the year Friday in the loss to the Giants.

Garcia hasn't been a disaster, what with his .263 average and .705 OPS, but he's not a reliable defender at third base and he's probably never going to have the bat to make up for it; he is 31, after all. One would think the Braves would give Rio Ruiz a look in his place next month. It might not be an upgrade, but there's nothing to lose.
Aug 27 - 1:28 AM

Gordon Beckham went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The double was Beckham's 11th of the season. He picked up the RBI two-bagger in the sixth inning to boost the Braves to a 3-0 lead. The 29-year-old infielder holds no fantasy intrigue and is hitting just .210/.300/.335 with four homers and 24 RBI over an even 200 at-bats.
Aug 26 - 12:54 AM

Matt Wisler was fantastic in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks, tossing eight innings of two-hit, one-run ball.

Wisler wasn't particularly adept at hitting the strike zone -- he walked three and only managed strikes on 62 of 103 pitches -- but the Diamondbacks were unable to square him up. Jean Segura and Paul Goldschmidt managed singles against the 23-year-old right-hander, with Goldschmidt scoring on a Chris Owings ground out in the seventh inning. That was it for the damage on Wisler's watch. This was his first major league appearance since late July and dropped his ERA from 5.16 to 4.92. Baby steps. Wisler will try for a similar result when he returns to his home confines to help play host to the Padres next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 26 - 12:39 AM


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