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Matt Kemp (hamstring) remains out of the Braves' starting lineup on Saturday.

Kemp exited Thursday's game due to tightness in his left hamstring and hasn't returned since. Jace Peterson is starting in left field and batting eighth for the Braves against Matt Garza and the Brewers on Saturday.
Jun 24 - 12:25 PM

Brandon Phillips went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in Friday’s 5-4 victory over the Brewers.

Phillips got the Braves on the board with a solo shot off Jimmy Nelson in the first inning before knocking in another run with a double in the fifth. The 35-year-old left Thursday’s game with left groin tightness, but clearly he’s feeling a lot better. Phillips has turned back the clock so far this season by batting .303/.347/.450 with six homers, 26 RBI, seven steals, and 37 runs scored through 66 games.
Jun 23 - 11:34 PM

Mike Foltynewicz walked away with the victory after holding the Brewers to one run in five innings of work on Friday.

The lone run scored on a solo homer off the bat of Keon Broxton in the fourth inning. Folty gave up four hits and three walks while striking out nine batters, so he needed 104 pitches to complete five innings. He’s now won five out of his last six decisions to move to 5-5 on the year. He’ll bring a 4.10 ERA into a tasty matchup against the Padres in San Diego next week.
Jun 23 - 11:33 PM

Arodys Vizcaino notched his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers.

Jim Johnson was unavailable after throwing 39 pitches over the previous two days. Vizcaino gave up a leadoff double to Eric Thames to begin the ninth inning, but Dansby Swanson bailed him out with a nice play at third base. Vizcaino then retired the final two batters he faced to lock down the victory. The 26-year-old owns a strong 1.99 ERA and 36/9 K/BB ratio through 31 2/3 innings. He’s the natural fallback to Johnson for the closer role.
Jun 23 - 11:32 PM

Freddie Freeman (wrist) is hoping to begin a rehab assignment in 7-10 days.

That's after the end of the Braves' road trip. Freeman was cleared to begin taking dry swings on Friday and will continue a hitting progression over the next few days. The slugger said earlier this week that he was hoping to return prior to the All-Star break, and it looks like he'll have a chance to do just that. Freeman has been working out at third base and could be used at the position upon activation as the Braves look for a way to keep Matt Adams' bat in the lineup.
Jun 23 - 4:48 PM

Brandon Phillips (groin) is back in the Braves' lineup Friday.

Phillips was lifted from Thursday's game with a tight left groin, but he didn't need to miss a start he's at second base and batting second against Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers.
Jun 23 - 4:27 PM

Matt Kemp (hamstring) is not in the Braves' lineup Friday.

Kemp exited Thursday's game with a tight left hamstring. It's been a recurring issue for him this season. Danny Santana is in left field.
Jun 23 - 4:26 PM

Freddie Freeman (wrist) has been cleared to take dry swings.

Freeman was given the go-ahead after having a follow-up CT scan Friday. It's the first step in a hitting progression for him that's going to take a while, but the slugger hopes to return around the All-Star break. Freeman has been working out at third base, as he could switch positions so Matt Adams can stay at first base.
Jun 23 - 4:19 PM

Nick Markakis went 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored to help the Braves hold on for a 12-11 win over the Giants on Thursday.

Markakis took Giants starter Matt Cain deep in the first inning for a two-run blast, just his third of the season. It kicked off the scoring in a game that would see 23 runs scored on 31 hits. Markakis himself picked up three more singles along the way, raising his line to .296/.374/.394 on the year. The 33-year-old has 41 RBI and 37 runs scored in 72 games as the Braves' primary right fielder.
Jun 23 - 1:43 AM

Lane Adams hit a three-run home run, the first homer of his career, in Thursday's win over the Giants.

What appeared to be insurance runs in the fifth inning turned out to be an important jack as the Braves needed every one of their 12 runs to hold on for the win. Adams was never really a power hitter in the minors but did run into 73 in his nine seasons in the minors, so there could be some more power there now that he's got the first one out of the way. Even if he does, the 27-year-old is a situational journeyman who will stay that way on a team full of better offensive options.
Jun 23 - 1:32 AM

Jaime Garcia allowed six runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Giants.

In a battle to see which starter could be worse, Garcia actually had the upper hand on Giants starter Matt Cain for much of the night. The southpaw gave up two homers on the evening, and the Giants also clubbed four doubles off Garcia before he exited. The only saving grace was the fact that the Braves racked up 12 runs, and then held on late, to earn the win and leave Garcia's disastrous outing as a footnote. Through 14 starts, the 30-year-old is 2-5 with a decent 4.03 ERA that was almost a full run better before his last two turns in the rotation. A date with the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday should cure what ails for the lefty.
Jun 23 - 1:21 AM

Brandon Phillips left Thursday's game against the Giants with left groin tightness.

Phillips has been deemed day-to-day. He will be reevaluated on Friday to determine the exact severity of the injury.
Jun 23 - 12:57 AM

Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants due to a tight left hamstring.

Kemp was lifted after hitting a single in the fifth inning. He has dealt with hamstring problems at several other points this season. The Braves are labeling him day-to-day for the time being, but a stay on the disabled list is always in play with a finicky issue like the hamstring. Kemp will be reevaluated on Friday.
Jun 23 - 12:54 AM

Matt Kemp left Thursday's game against the Giants with an undisclosed injury.

Danny Santana pinch-ran for Kemp after his fifth-inning single. Kemp has battled hamstring issues off and on all season and looked gimpy chasing down a fly ball early in Thursday night's game. He was replaced in left field by Lane Adams, who ended up hitting a three-run homer off Bryan Morris as part of an eight-run fifth inning. Until the Braves provide an update, consider Kemp day-to-day.
Jun 23 - 12:11 AM

Braves recalled INF/OF Jace Peterson from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Peterson is back after spending about three weeks in the minors. The light-hitting 27-year-old will fill a utility role for the Braves.
Jun 22 - 4:31 PM


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