Player News - Braves

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Mike Foltynewicz allowed four runs -- one earned -- over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Brewers.

Domingo Santana tagged him for two home runs, including a three-run shot that followed a Dansby Swanson error in the bottom of the sixth. Folty is now 0-3 on the season despite a 2.81 ERA. He struck out six and walked none on Sunday afternoon. The 25-year-old right-hander will hope for a little more luck in his next outing at home versus the Cardinals.
Apr 30 - 5:10 PM

Freddie Freeman slugged his ninth home run of the year Sunday in the Braves' loss to the Brewers.

It was a go-ahead shot in the top of the sixth, but the Braves' lead wouldn't survive the bottom of that frame. Freeman finished 1-for-3 on the afternoon. He's on pace for 63 home runs and 99 RBI.
Apr 30 - 5:02 PM

Matt Kemp went 3-for-5 with three home runs and five RBI to lead the Braves past the Brewers 11-3 on Saturday.

Kemp was an equal opportunity masher, hitting his three homers off three different pitchers from the fifth to the eighth inning. Remarkably, it was the first time in his career that the 32-year-old had a three-homer game. The output doubled his season total and gave him 15 RBI with seven runs scored in just 12 games, after he missed 10 games with a right hamstring strain. In case anyone was wondering, it appears he's over that now.
Apr 29 - 11:54 PM

Tyler Flowers finished 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's lopsided win over the Brewers.

All four of Flowers' hits in the game were singles. If there is a knock on a guy hitting .391 with a .916 OPS, it's that the 31-year-old still has yet to homer. Even so, Flowers is on fire right now and hits in the latter third of what's proving to be a pretty good lineup. He's worth a look in deeper two-catcher leagues.
Apr 29 - 11:47 PM

Jaime Garcia earned his first win as a member of the Braves on Saturday, holding the Brewers to two runs over six innings.

Garcia gave up just three hits but free passes were an issue, with the southpaw giving out five walks. He was able to largely limit the damage, though, and the Braves offense provided him with more than enough support to get Garcia his first win in five tries. He's turned in quality starts in each of his past three outings, and Saturday's performance got his ERA below 4, to 3.99. Garcia will try to keep that streak going Thursday against the Mets.
Apr 29 - 11:40 PM

Mauricio Cabrera (elbow) could be activated by the Braves within the week, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Cabrera hasn't thrown a pitch for the Braves this year after coming down with elbow tightness late in spring, but he was scheduled to throw two innings for the High-A Florida affiliate Friday then move to Triple-A Gwinnett for another two-inning appearance Tuesday. The plan then, according to Braves manager Brian Snitker, is for Cabrera to throw on back-to-back days before being activated. The Braves have the ninth inning locked down by Jim Johnson, but Cabrera throws 100 mph and could quickly move into a high-leverage role if he proves healthy and effective.
Apr 29 - 8:34 PM

Brandon Phillips (groin) has returned to the Braves' starting lineup on Saturday.

Phillips missed a pair of games due to a groin injury but has declared himself ready to go on Saturday. He's off to a strong start offensively, hitting .352/.387/.507 with two homers, nine RBI and five stolen bases on the season.
Apr 29 - 3:48 PM

Freddie Freeman powered the Braves to a 10-8 victory over the Brewers on Friday with a two-run homer off Neftali Feliz in the top of the ninth.

The Braves were down 8-4 after six innings before staging a comeback against the Brewers’ bullpen. Freeman was 0-for-4 before his go-ahead blast in the ninth. The 27-year-old already has eight home runs this season, though he has just 12 RBI to show for it. He’s batting .368/.478/.776 with just as many walks (16) as strikeouts (16) so far.
Apr 29 - 12:59 AM

Jim Johnson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Brewers for his fourth save of the season.

Johnson threw 15 pitches in the frame and struck out a pair. It was nice to see coming off a pair of shaky appearances. The veteran right-hander is 4-for-6 in save chances to go along with a 4.66 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.
Apr 29 - 12:58 AM

Bartolo Colon gave up six runs in five innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday.

Colon gave up 10 hits, including homers to Orlando Arcia and Ryan Braun. The 43-year-old has had a couple of good starts mixed in with some shaky ones. While he’s sporting a typical solid 23/7 K/BB ratio over 29 innings, he owns a 5.59 ERA through five starts. He’s too unpredictable to trust in mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 29 - 12:58 AM

Brandon Phillips (groin) remains out of the Braves starting lineup on Friday.

Phillips was forced to leave Wednesday's game due to a strained left groin but is adamant that he won't require a trip to the disabled list. Braves' skipper Brian Snitker said he hopes to have Phillips back in there on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 6:35 PM

R.A. Dickey (quad) expects to make his next start.

Dickey experienced quad spams while trying to beat out a double play on Thursday. He didn't seem too concerned about it after the game and expects to start as planned Tuesday against the Mets. The 42-year-old knuckleballer is 2-2 with a 3.80 ERA through his first four starts.
Apr 27 - 5:22 PM

Kurt Suzuki had a three-run homer and two walks Thursday to lead the Braves to a 7-5 win over the Mets.

Suzuki outproduced Tyler Flowers this spring, but it'd been a far different story in the regular season, with Flowers sporting an .839 OPS to date and Suzuki entering this one with a .160/.303/.160 line in 25 at-bats. Today was much better, but he's still going to play behind Flowers for the most part.
Apr 27 - 4:33 PM

After entering the ninth with a four-run lead, Jim Johnson gave up two runs before finishing off the Mets on Thursday.

Johnson had a strong spring and a fine first couple of weeks, but he's given up four runs and seven hits over his last two appearances. It probably hasn't helped that today was just his second appearance in 10 days. His closing gig is safe, but it'd be nice to see him bounce back next time out.
Apr 27 - 4:31 PM

Nick Markakis singled, walked twice and scored twice against the Mets on Thursday.

The Braves could really use Markakis's OBP at the top of the order, but that would mean running with three straight lefties or dropping Ender Inciarte out of the leadoff spot. Markakis, who has been hitting fifth, currently has a .388 OBP. Inciarte is at .244, and the No. 2 hitters have been even worse.
Apr 27 - 4:26 PM


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