News: Gattis is not in the lineup Thursday against the Phillies, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Impact: Gattis has been a monster at the plate his last three starts, going 9-for-13 with three homers and five RBI, including a 4-for-4 performance in Wednesday's 1-0 win. He'll simply be receiving the day off Thursday.
News: Teheran was outstanding Wednesday as he threw a complete game shutout against Philadelphia.
Impact: He walked none, struck out four, and gave up just three hits. Teheran now sits at 2-1 on the year, with a sparkling 1.93 ERA. He'll look to keep it going in his next start against Miami at home.
Jordan Schafer - #17 - Center Field - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Schafer (illness) entered Wednesday's game in the ninth inning as a pinch runner.
Impact: Schafer (illness) had not seen game action for the Braves since this past Saturday. The fleet-footed outfielder was inserted into Wednesday's game as a pinch runner for Chris Johnson in the ninth inning and appears ready to resume his role.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kimbrel threw a 15-pitch side session Wednesday, and said his shoulder was good and he's ready, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.
Impact: Manager Fredi Gonzalez was non-committal about using Kimbrel in Wednesday's game, possibly because of the cold weather. Nonetheless, it's very encouraging that he could potentially see game action Wednesday, and he appears to be almost out of the woods, for now.
News: Kimbrel (shoulder) was able to play catch Tuesday, but it's unknown if he'll be available for the Braves' subsequent tilt at Philadelphia, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: After revealing that his shoulder has bothered him at times since spring training commenced, it shouldn't be assumed that Kimbrel will take the mound for the first time since Saturday. Alas, note that his average fastball is in line with that of a season ago -- 97.05 mph in 2013 versus 96.98 this year -- which provides a semblance of confidence in his overall health..
News: Santana didn't receive a decision Monday against Philadelphia despite being solid in his second start for the Braves.
Impact: The only run against Santana over six innings of work came on a Ryan Howard homer. He has a 0.64 ERA through two starts.
News: Simmons was 3 for 5, homering for the second straight game and adding a triple Monday against Philadelphia.
Impact: Simmons is hitting .341 through 11 games.
Dan Uggla - #26 - Second Base - 5'11" - 207lbs
News: Uggla hit two home runs for the 19th time in his career Monday against Philadelphia.
Impact: Uggla has totaled seven RBIs over back-to-back two-hit games.
News: Gattis was 3 for 5 with his second career two-homer game Monday against Philadelphia.
Impact: Gattis has five RBIs over his last three games.
News: Kimbrel (shoulder) played light catch Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Hopefully [Wednesday] he wakes up a little better," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Impact: Kimbrel will get a day to rest his sore shoulder without actually missing a game, as Tuesday's tilt against Philly has been postponed due to inclement weather. The right-hander last pitched Saturday, and admitted that the shoulder has bothered him at times since the start of spring training, but Kimbrel has been adamant that he should be able to pitch after a few days of rest.
News: Minor (shoulder) will make another minor league rehab start Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Minor's fourth rehab appearance (third start) is expected to be his last, meaning April 23 is the likely date for his activation from the DL. David Hale figures to transfer to the bullpen once Minor is ready, but the team hasn't made anything official just yet.
David Hale - #57 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Hale will be skipped in the rotation this time through.
Impact: Hale was scheduled to start Tuesday, but that game has been postponed due to inclement weather and the two teams are expected to make it up in a later series. Atlanta's going to keep Julio Teheran and Alex Wood on schedule rather than push them back, so Hale will be available out of the bullpen the next two days.
News: Teheran will start Wednesday against the Phillies.
Impact: The Braves will skip David Hale in the rotation following Tuesday's postponement, leaving Teheran and Alex Wood in line to start Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Teheran will square off against Phillies ace Cliff Lee.
News: Simmons had a very solid night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday's 9-6 victory over the Phillies.
Impact: Simmons continues his offensive roll here in the early going of 2014. The slick-fielding shortstop is now fashioning a cool .341 batting average and has still yet to strike out over his first 41 at-bats of the campaign. In addition, Simmons' incredible .610 slugging percentage is largely the result of two homers and a couple of triples through just 11 games. Already a premier defensive player, the 24-year-old native of Curacao is making his way up the overall list of shortstops in the league.
David Carpenter - #48 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 230lbs
News: Carpenter got the save Monday against the Phillies with Craig Kimbrel unavailable due to a sore shoulder.
Impact: Kimbrel has downplayed the injury and said that he'll be available in a few days, but Carpenter is a must-add right now just in case.
News: Gattis produced Monday, going 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI.
Impact: Gattis had been struggling at the plate, but has raised his average from .208 to .303 in the past two days. The backstop has just six RBI this season, but that figure should increase as his bat heats up.
Dan Uggla - #26 - Second Base - 5'11" - 207lbs
News: Uggla played the hero Monday, connecting on a grand slam in the ninth inning to propel the Braves to the win.
Impact: Uggla collected two hitsboth home runsand five RBI on the night. He has struggled to hit for a strong average again this month, but has found some magic over the past two days, knocking home seven runs in those two games.
News: Avilan got a win Monday, but didn't earn one, allowing five runs in his inning of work.
Impact: Avilan had previously allowed just one run in three innings before his collapse Monday. The young lefty has been used mostly situationally this season, and should continue to function in that role moving forward.
News: Santana looked strong again Monday, going six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision.
Impact: Santana has been masterful in two starts this season, allowing just one run and seven hits in 14 innings. He'll look to keep the hot start going this weekend against the Mets, a team Santana has already beaten this season.
News: Kimbrel is dealing with a sore shoulder, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Impact: Kimbrel said that the sore shoulder is no big deal and that he'd be good to go in a few days. However, it's never a good thing to hear about a sore shoulder, nor is it wise to rely on a player's diagnosis.
News: Harang earned his second win Sunday, limiting Washington to a run and five hits over six innings.
Impact: Less than a month after Harang signed with the Braves, he appears to be giving them some great value with a 0.96 ERA through three starts.
News: Upton was 2 for 3 with his fourth homer in four games Sunday against Washington.
Impact: Upton is 11 for 14 over his last four games with eight RBIs.
News: Freeman was 2 for 3 with his fourth homer of the year Sunday against Washington.
Impact: Freeman, who is hitting .442, has seven RBIs over his last five games.
Jordan Schafer - #17 - Center Field - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Schafer has been feeling ill for the last few days, David O'Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.
Impact: It's unclear whether Schafer is still available to play Monday against the Phillies, as he's only started one game so far this season. Unless the Braves finally get fed up with B.J. Upton, Schafer only figures to see occasional playing time.
News: Johnson is not in the lineup Monday against the Phillies.
Impact: Johnson expects to play the rest of the series, as he doesn't appear to be suffering from any sort of injury. He'll give way to Ramiro Pena on Monday, however, who will bat eighth in the order and man the hot corner.
Jonny Venters - #39 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 200lbs
News: Venters (elbow) could increase the intensity of his throwing sessions this week, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Venters, albeit from a mound, has been tossing at about half speed for a little while. However, that could change this week as he continues to build up arm strength. Venters is still targeting a late-May/early-June return.
News: Minor (shoulder) threw 60 pitches over five shutout innings while giving up just one hit and striking out four in his rehab start at Low-A Rome on Sunday.
Impact: Presumably, Minor will need one more rehab start to push his way into the 75-pitch range, while a return to the Braves' rotation may follow five days later. No official announcement has been made regarding a timetable for his activation from the disabled list, but Minor appears to be progressing well thus far. He's still hoping to join the rotation either April 23 or 25.
Gerald Laird - #11 - Catcher - 6'1" - 230lbs
News: Laird went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Braves' win over the Nats on Sunday.
Impact: Through two weeks of regular season play, Laird has been used for a total of three starts in 12 games. Most of the playing time will fall to Evan Gattis for now, but it will be interesting to see how the patterns evolve over the course of the season, which may hinge on Gattis' progress defensively.
News: Harang turned in another strong start, allowing just one run on five hits with five strikeouts over six innings against the Nationals on Sunday.
Impact: The victory improves Harang's record to 2-1 after his first three starts of the campaign. The veteran hurler was signed by the Braves about a week before the regular season kicked off and has performed brilliantly here in the early going. He is sporting a 0.96 ERA and 0.80 WHIP while holding the opposition to a .145 average across 18.2 innings so far.
News: Wood improved to 2-1 Saturday after limiting Washington to an earned run on six hits over five innings.
Impact: Wood, who struck out eight, owns a 1.89 ERA through his first three starts.
News: Upton recorded his third straight three-hit game, doubling twice Saturday against Washington.
Impact: Upton is 14 for 26 with five extra-base hits over his last seven games after going 1 for 15 with seven strikeouts through his first four games.
News: Freeman was 3 for 5 with his third homer of the season Saturday against the Nationals.
Impact: Freeman is off to an impressive start, hitting .425 with eight runs scored through 11 contests.
News: Simmons (wrist) is back in the Braves' lineup Saturday versus the Nationals.
Impact: Absent both Thursday and Friday due to a jammed wrist, Simmons has put the ailment behind him, as he takes on shortstop and bats eighth in the order. Prior to suffering the injury Wednesday, he had a five-game hitting streak in hand, during which he posted a .350 average (7-for-20) with one RBI and one run scored.
News: Freeman mashed again Saturday, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer, as the Braves doubled up the Nats, 6-3.
Impact: Freeman and the Braves have owned the Nats recently, posting a 21-7 record against their division rivals in the last 28 games. More importantly for owners, the 6-5 first baseman continues to rake this season: he's hit safely in eight straight games and owns a massive .425 average through 11 games. On the flip side, his eight runs, six RBI and three homers aren't quite on par with his 17 hits, but we expect those numbers to increase as the season marches on.
News: Upton launched a homer as part of a four-run first inning for the Braves and finished 2-for-5 in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Nats.
Impact: Upton's homer off the Nats' Taylor Jordan actually erased goose eggs in both the home run and RBI columns for the season. Saturday also marked just the second game this year in which the eldest Upton didn't strike out, so owners choosing to stick with him were happy to see that he didn't add to his 15 whiffs on the season.
News: Wood emerged victorious Saturday, tossing five innings of six-hit ball in a 6-3 win over the Nats.
Impact: Wood was all over the place against Washington, striking out eight but allowing three walks in 103 pitches. He now boasts a 2-1 record with 17 strikeouts in 19 innings this season and has balanced out the Braves' rotation nicely in the absence of Mike Minor (shoulder). The 23-year-old sophomore will aim for his third win next time out against the Phillies.
News: Kimbrel picked up his league-leading fifth save of the season as the Braves doubled up the Nats, 6-3.
Impact: The Braves' fireballer actually allowed a one-out infield single to Danny Espinosa but recovered nicely with a flyout and game-ending strike out, his 12th of the season. Kimbrel is now just 10 saves shy of John Smoltz's franchise record and is one of the few elite closers in baseball.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson had three hits and drove in a run in Atlanta's 7-6 win in 10 innings over Washington on Friday.
Impact: Johnson opened the season with a seven-game hit streak but was batting .229 in his first nine. He boosted his average up to .275 with Friday's performance.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Jordan Schafer scored from first base on Justin Upton's bloop single to right field with two outs in the 10th inning, giving the Atlanta Braves a 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday night.
Impact: Upton had three hits, including a solo homer in the eighth inning. Upton has six hits, three home runs and five RBIs in his last two games. He's also 11 for 22 in his past six.
Ramiro Pena - #14 - Short Stop - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: After playing his first two games of the season Thursday and Friday, Pena returned to the bench Saturday against the Nationals. He went 2-for-8 with a home run and three RBI.
Impact: Pena flashed some offensive upside in relief of shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who missed the last two games with a minor wrist ailment. He's been a serviceable utility man in his six-year MLB career, delivering 102 hits and 47 RBI in 419 at-bats for a lifetime average of .243.
News: Simmons (wrist) is not in the lineup Friday against the Nationals.
Impact: As manager Fredi Gonzalez suggested after Thursday's game, Simmons will sit again Friday, but the expectation is that he'll make it back this weekend. The 24-year-old jammed his wrist after stumbling across the plate Wednesday, but he took batting practice prior to Thursday's game and hoped to play.
News: Upton was 3-for-3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI against the Nationals on Friday night.
Impact: He got to play the hero twice, tying the game with a solo home run in the eighth inning that sent it into extra innings and then providing the game-winner with a run-scoring single in the 10th inning to end it. He now has three long ones on the year to go with a solid .324 average, so he is doing his share to keep the Braves in what may well be a season-long battle for supremacy in the NL East.
News: Teheran allowed five runs (two earned) on 10 hits and a walk with one strikeout in six innings Friday against the Nationals.
Impact: His teammates provided him with a four-run lead early, but he let the Nationals back into the game with single runs in the fourth and sixth innings sandwiched around a three-run fifth. A Dan Uggla throwing error prior to a home run off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman made those three unearned, but Teheran clearly wasn't on his game.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Freeman had two hits and drove in a run in a 6-4 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday.
Impact: The Atlanta first baseman, batting .419 this season, is 10 for 22 (.455) during a six-game hit streak.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Eric Young Jr. got three hits, stole three bases and scored four times as the New York Mets overcame Justin Upton's two home runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Thursday night.
Impact: Upton drove in three runs with three hits. He's 8 for 19 (.421) in his last five games after starting the season 1 for 15 with seven strikeouts.
News: Simmons (wrist) hopes to return to the lineup Saturday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Simmons will miss a second straight start Friday, but he tested his wrist in the cages and it sounds like he may be available to pinch-hit. While it's not a lock that Simmons will return Saturday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Thursday's game that he will likely make it back this weekend.
News: Avilan (hamstring) gave up an earned run in 0.2 innings and picked up the loss Thursday against the Mets.
Impact: Avilan left his previous outing Tuesday with a sore hamstring, and it's not clear if the setback affected him during Thursday's outing. Either way, consider him available out of the bullpen.
News: Gattis is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Mets.
Impact: Ryan Doumit will take over behind the plate Thursday as Gattis sits after catching two straight games. Gattis has gone 2-for-7 with a double since returning from the stomach flu.
News: Upton will bat second Thursday against the Mets.
Impact: Apparently, manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't ready to remove Upton from the two-hole just yet, despite the fact that he's hitting .138 with 13 strikeouts and zero walks so far. The skipper did suggest Wednesday that Upton's leash in that spot has shortened, however, and if he continues to struggle, Upton and Andrelton Simmons could swap spots in the order.
News: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday night that Simmons (wrist) could return to the lineup Friday, but the manager's tone indicated that a Saturday or Sunday return is more likely, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Impact: Simmons was scratched from Thursday's lineup due to a jammed right wrist, and it appears that he's merely day-to-day. While the prognosis is encouraging, hand and wrist injuries are always rather worrisome, so the situation still bears close watching.
News: Upton went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBI in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Mets.
Impact: Upton, who entered the game with no extra-base hits, has been turning things around after a brutal start to the year, recording three multi-hit games in his last five.
News: Freeman had two hits and drove in two runs in a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Impact: Freeman is batting .407 with four RBIs in his first eight games. He's 8 for 18 (.444) during a five-game hit streak.
Jason Heyward - #22 - Right Field - 6'5" - 245lbs
News: Heyward homered and drove in two runs and the Braves held off the New York Mets 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Heyward took a 0-for-22 slump into the game and was hitting only .107, with three hits in 28 at-bats. He doubled his hits total with the homer and two singles in his first three at-bats.
News: Santana allowed only three hits over eight scoreless innings in his Atlanta debut, Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs and the Braves held off the New York Mets 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Santana (1-0) was sharp from the start, throwing 28 strikes in his first 29 pitches through three innings. He finished with six strikeouts and no walks and retired the last seven batters. Santana spent nine years in the American League - eight with the Angels and the 2013 season with Kansas City - before joining the Braves. He had never pitched at Turner Field before Wednesday night.
News: Simmons has a jammed right wrist and has been replaced in the starting lineup by Ramiro Pena.
Impact: Simmons was listed in Atlanta's original lineup for Thursday night's game against the New York Mets. The Braves say he was hurt in Wednesday night's game and is day to day. Simmons made a strong defensive play in the second inning when he went to his right to field a grounder by Travis d'Arnaud. Simmons slipped but recovered to throw out d'Arnaud from his knees. In the fifth, Simmons was out at the plate when he collided with d'Arnaud and fell to the ground. He remained in the game.
News: Simmons was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a jammed right wrist.
Impact: Simmons hurt the wrist when he stumbled across the plate Wednesday night, and while the extent of the injury is uncertain, Mark Bowman of MLB.com is reporting that he took batting practice prior to Thursday's game and was hoping he would be able to play. Ramiro Pena will take over at short and bat eighth Thursday against right-hander Jenrry Mejia.
News: Upton is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mets, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: With Upton off to another miserable start in 2014 (4-for-29, 13 strikeouts), it's worth wondering how long of a leash he may have from manager Fredi Gonzalez this time around. Upton showed some signs of breaking through in spring, but he's quickly fallen back into his hold bad habits at the plate.
News: Freeman went 2-for-4 with two RBI Wednesday night against the Mets.
Impact: Freeman is on a tear to start the season, slashing .407/.515/.704 over the Braves' first eight games. This clearly isn't sustainable over the long term, but fantasy owners can enjoy riding him while he's hot.
Jason Heyward - #22 - Right Field - 6'5" - 245lbs
News: Heyward was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI Wednesday night against the Mets.
Impact: Heyward was just 4-for-28 prior to this game to start the season, so Wednesday's performance should result in a surge of confidence for the Braves' leadoff man. His home run to lead off the bottom of the first was his second this season, and helped raise his OPS to .653 over the Braves' first eight games.
Jordan Walden - #52 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 250lbs
News: Walden got himself into a jam Wednesday, allowing two earned runs, a hit and a walk and a strikeout, retiring just one batter.
Impact: Walden came into the game with a 4-0 lead in the ninth, and was replaced by Craig Kimbrel after allowing two runners to reach base. Kimbrel then allowed both runners to score, charging the runs to Walden. These are the first two runs Walden has allowed this season, though, so look for him to continue to pitch in high-leverage relief situations moving forward.
News: Kimbrel notched his fourth save of the season Wednesday, allowing two hits, a walk and an earned run with two strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning.
Impact: Kimbrel came into the game with runners on first and second base, and after walking a batter and striking out Lucas Duda, allowed both of them to score. The Braves' lead was then cut to 4-3 after a Travis d'Arnaud single, but Kimbrel struck out Rubjen Tejada to finally end the game. This was a little more drama than fantasy owners would like to see, but seeing as the game was 4-0 at the top of the ninth, Kimbrel's services weren't even expected to be needed in the first place. Nonetheless, the Braves' closer is now a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities this season.
News: Santana allowed three hits and zero runs with six strikeouts over eight innings pitched on his way to picking up the win Wednesday against the Mets.
Impact: Santana was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make the start on Wednesday, and it definitely didn't look like his spring absence had a major effect on his performance. He showcased excellent command, as 65 of his 88 pitches were strikes, and he didn't walk a single batter. Santana's debut is certainly a cause for optimism in both Braves' fans and fantasy owners, as it looks as if he'll provide some stability to a rotation decimated by injuries.
News: Harang fell to 1-1 with a hard-luck loss Tuesday, allowing two hits and one run over six innings against the Mets.
Impact: Harang struck out nine after fanning at least that many only twice in 2013, however he also issued four walks.
News: Freeman was 1 for 4, doubling in Tuesday's loss to the Mets.
Impact: Freeman is making the Braves' extension with him in the offseason look like a wise move, hitting .391 through seven games with four runs scored.
Gavin Floyd - #32 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 235lbs
News: Floyd (elbow) pitched four innings Tuesday for Triple-A Gwinnett, giving up one run on four hits, as he continues to progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Carroll Rogers reports. "Just normal soreness today," Floyd said Wednesday afternoon. "I'm sure there're going to be times where I'm going to have aches and sorenesses, but it's responded really well. I'm very thankful for that and just continue to work and see how it progresses."
Impact: He tossed 60 pitches without issue, and will pitch again Sunday for Double-A Mississippi, this time attempting to reach 75 pitches. He is on track to return in late April or early May.
News: Atlanta optioned Beato to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday to clear a roster spot for Ervin Santana.
Impact: Beato gave up one hit in 1 2-3 scoreless innings in relief against the Mets on Tuesday night in his only appearance of the season. He was acquired off waivers from the Reds on April 2.
News: Minor (shoulder) pitched 2.1 innings in relief Tuesday for Triple-A Gwinnett, giving up two runs (one earned) on a hit and three walks, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He struck out four batters, and his shoulder, which bothered him early in spring training, felt good.
Impact: He is scheduled to start again on Sunday for Triple-A Gwinnett, and the Braves are hoping to have him back to start either April 23 against the Marlins or April 25 against the Reds.
News: Avilan (hamstring) completed a pain-free bullpen session Wednesday and will attempt to hydrate more to prevent cramping in the future, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Impact: He said Tuesday that he was simply cramping in his left hamstring when he was removed from the game and would be fine going forward. He should be pitching again out of the Braves' pen some time soon, avoiding a DL stint.
News: Simmons is batting second for the Braves on Wednesday with B.J. Upton out of the lineup, and he may hold on to that spot in the order, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Impact: Manager Fredi Gonzalez seems to be warming to the idea of putting Braves fans out of their misery and moving Upton down in the order, and Simmons is as good an option as anyone to take over that spot. This should give Simmons a slight bump in runs and he could start seeing some better pitches to hit, if indeed he does remain in the two hole going forward.
News: Upton will be back in the Braves' lineup Thursday, but manager Fredi Gonzalez sounds open to the idea of leaving Andrelton Simmons in the two hole, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Impact: Upton is out of the lineup Wednesday, with Jordan Schafer manning center field, but the key takeaway here is that the Braves may finally be coming around to the fact that Upton is not suited for the two hole. He has a 44.8 percent K-rate in 29 plate appearances so far this season, and is destroying the notion that he would be a changed man at the plate this season. We knew he'd have to get moved down in the order at some point if his struggles maintained, and it sounds like that time may have come.
News: Santana was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
Impact: Santana's late signing with the Braves left him a little bit behind schedule in his preparation for the regular season, but he'll join the parent club to make his team debut Wednesday vs. the Mets.
News: Beato was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
Impact: His demotion to the minors clears the way for Ervin Santana to return from the disabled list to make his Braves debut on Wednesday. Beato had made one appearance out of the bullpen for the Braves this season, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings.
News: Gattis (illness) is back in the Braves' lineup Tuesday versus the Mets.
Impact: Gattis came down with the stomach flu over the weekend, sitting out both Saturday and Sunday as a result. However, the bug is behind him, as he'll handle the backstop and bat seventh.
News: Avilan said his hamstring just cramped up Tuesday and he expects to be fine Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.
Impact: He had a hamstring issue last season, but Avilan said this wasn't as serious as his past injury, and he should be able to avoid a stint on the DL.
News: Harang gave up one earned run on two hits and four walks with nine strikeouts in six innings Tuesday, but was out-dueled by Bartolo Colon, and charged with his first loss of the season.
Impact: Despite taking the loss Tuesday, Harang's numbers through two starts are off the charts. His ERA and WHIP are each 0.71, and he has 12 strikeouts in 12.2 innings. However, it's really difficult to see this production keeping up, so if you're in a situation where you can sell high, that would be advised.
News: Santana is set to start Wednesday against the Mets, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Santana gave up five earned runs on eight hits and four walks over 5.1 innings in his start for Triple-A Gwinnett last Friday, but Braves officials said he pitched well despite the ugly numbers. The right-hander signed with the Braves on March 12, after the team lost both Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to elbow injuries. Atlanta will need to make a roster move prior to Wednesday's game.
News: Avilan left Tuesday's game against the Mets with a left hamstring cramp.
Impact: If this is anything significant, it could be quite problematic for the Braves, as Ian Thomas is currently the only other left-hander in the bullpen. Avila recorded 27 holds last season, third-most in the National League, and already has one this season.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Santana is slated to make his first start for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday against the New York Mets.
Impact: The 31-year-old right-hander agreed to a $14.1 million, one-year contract on March 12. He started for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday and allowed six runs - five earned - and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings during a 12-7 win over Durham. Atlanta opened with a four-man rotation while waiting for Santana, left-hander Mike Minor and right-hander Gavin Floyd to join the pitching staff. Minor's spring training was slowed by tendinitis in his left shoulder, and Floyd is returning from elbow surgery last May 7.
News: Gearrin (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: After receiving three opinions on his elbow, Gearrin has finally come to terms with needing reconstructive surgery. He'll miss all of this year and his rehab could very well keep him out into the 2015 season.
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Teheran allowed two runs in seven solid innings and had two hits to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Saturday night.
Impact: Teheran (1-1) limited Washington to three hits in seven innings, one of them a two-run home run by Adam LaRoche. The Braves right-hander was aided by a spectacular throw by B.J. Upton, who caught a liner to medium center by Bryce Harper and threw Jose Lobaton out at the plate for an inning-ending double play in the fifth. Teheran walked four and hit a batter, but he compensated with six timely strikeouts and two solid singles to right field, the first of which drove in the tying run with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning and contributed to the early exit for Stephen Strasburg (0-1).
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Minor (shoulder) looks set to rejoin the Braves' rotation either Apr. 23 or Apr. 25, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Impact: It's just something to file away for Minor's fantasy owners anxiously awaiting his season debut. The fact that there's a concrete timetable attached to his return will save owners in weekly leagues the headache of guessing on Minor's availability when they set their lineups.
Ryan Doumit - #4 - Catcher - 6'1" - 220lbs
News: Doumit will start behind the plate and bat seventh Saturday against the Nationals.
Impact: Doumit is set to make his first start in a Braves uniform Saturday, after logging two pinch-hit at-bats in the team's first four games. While the 33-year-old switch hitter has yet to face Stephen Strasburg, Saturday's starter for Washington, he did hit just .229/.301/.391 against right-handed pitching last season.
News: Gattis is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Impact: Ryan Doumit will make his first start behind the plate Saturday, as Gattis sits after catching three of the team's first four games. Gattis, who went yard Friday off Jordan Zimmermann, is expected to catch between 100-110 games this season.
News: Upton went 2-for-5 with a double and two strikeouts in Saturday's win over the Nationals.
Impact: With two more strikeouts Saturday, Upton has now struck out multiple times in each of the team's first five games. He hasn't drawn a walk and is 3-for-21 with one extra-base hit. The 29-year-old has been batting second, as expected, but if he can't get on base or at least put the ball in play more often, manager Fredi Gonzalez will likely have to start considering a move down in the batting order.
News: Upton went 2-for-4 with a walk, a strikeout, a stolen base and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Nationals.
Impact: Upton was 1-for-15 for the season and hitless in his last three starts coming into Saturday's game but got back on track with a pair of base knocks. It's also nice to see him take off on the basepaths, after he attempted just nine steals last season. He's struck out eight times in 21 plate appearances thus far, but those come with the territory.
News: Teheran held the Nationals to two runs on three hits and four walks Saturday, striking out six in seven innings, en route to his first win of the season.
Impact: Teheran followed up his strong Opening Day performance by outdueling Stephen Strasburg, who gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks and lasted just 4.1 innings Saturday. It didn't start well for Teheran, as he surrendered a two-run home run to Adam LaRoche in the first inning, but he finished his outing with six straight scoreless frames. While the walks were uncharacteristic, Teheran walked just one batter in his first start and appears deserving of his newly-appointed ace role.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Gattis went deep in Friday's 2-1 win at Washington.
Impact: Gattis is just 2 for 12 to start the season. While his average could hurt you, he should make up for it with plenty of power.
News: The Braves are still leaning toward starting Santana against the Mets on Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Santana was knocked around for six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks, while striking out three over 5.1 innings, in his first start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. It seems the Braves are at least thinking about having the right-hander make another minor league start, but the team will wait until after his side session Sunday or Monday, before making any concrete decisions.
News: Gearrin (elbow) appears headed for Tommy John surgery, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: It seems Dr. James Andrews concurred with the original diagnosis of a partially torn elbow ligament, but Gearrin will seek one final opinion, before deciding on surgery.
News: Gattis has the stomach flu and will likely sit Sunday as well, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: With Gattis not feeling well, Ryan Doumit will step in behind the plate Saturday, and Gerald Laird is expected to follow in Sunday's series finale. The Braves are off Monday, so it seems likely Gattis will be back at full strength come Tuesday.
News: Kimbrel picked up his third save of the season with a perfect frame against the Nationals on Friday.
Impact: Kimbrel struck out Ian Desmond and Jose Lobaton swinging before getting Kevin Frandsen to foul out. The right-hander has yet to allow a baserunner while fanning six in three innings thus far. After three appearances in four days, however, there's at least a chance Kimbrel is unavailable Saturday.
News: Gattis hit a solo home run, his first of the season, in Friday's 2-1 win over the Nationals.
Impact: The towering shot off Jordan Zimmermann made it easy to forgive Gattis for striking out in his other three plate appearances. Gattis, who now has six strikeouts through three games, hit just .236/.284/.473 against right-handed pitching last season, but his .237 ISO suggests the power was legitimate.
David Hale - #57 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Hale gave up five hits and two walks, while striking out four over five innings, but did not factor into the decision in the Braves' 2-1 win over the Nationals on Friday.
Impact: Hale, who narrowly edged Gus Schlosser for the Braves' No. 4 rotation spot in spring training, turned in a strong performance overall in his 2014 debut. The right-hander got into a bit of trouble in the fourth inning, but Adam LaRoche was thrown out trying to go from first to home on a Ryan Zimmerman double, and it was pretty much smooth sailing otherwise. He is expected to remain in the rotation when Ervin Santana slots in next week, but once Mike Minor (shoulder) and Gavin Floyd (elbow) are ready, Hale will likely transition to the bullpen.
News: The Braves transferred Gearrin (elbow) to the 60-day disabled list Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Gearrin was moved to the longer DL list to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Pedro Beato. It's not yet clear if Gearrin will need surgery on his injured elbow, but he will not return anytime soon.
News: Minor pitched two innings in a rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Mississippi on Thursday, giving up three runs and four hits while striking out five.
Impact: He had urinary tract surgery on Dec. 31, which delayed his preparation for the season and then developed shoulder tendinitis during spring training. Minor had a 13-9 record and a 3.21 ERA last season.
Gavin Floyd - #32 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 235lbs
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Floyd (elbow) struggled during Thursday's rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks over 1.1 innings, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: While the performance wasn't particularly encouraging, it's not really worth worrying about, unless we find out later that Floyd was bothered by his elbow during the outing. Barring any setbacks, he's still headed for a late-April 2014 debut.
News: Johnson provided all the offense with a home run in Wednesday's 1-0 win at Milwaukee.
Impact: Johnson could be in for a big season batting cleanup in the potent Braves lineup.
News: Harang threw 6 2-3 innings of two-hit ball in Wednesday's 1-0 win at Milwaukee.
Impact: Harang (1-0) didn't allow a hit until Logan Schafer grounded a single leading off the bottom of the seventh. He gave up two hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked one, throwing 63 of 97 pitches for strikes. "After the first hit, the emotions just run out of you for a minute, but knowing that you've got a 1-0 lead you've got to stay in there and regain your focus and keep executing pitches," Harang said. "The bullpen was able to get me out of that jam and slam the door."
Ryan Buchter - #59 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 240lbs
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Buchter was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
Impact: After grabbing right-hander Pedro Beato off waivers from the Reds on Wednesday, the Braves went ahead and optioned Buchter to Triple-A to make room on the active roster. The 27-year-old Buchter has struggled mightily with his command in the minors (6.1 BB/9), and the Braves likely want to see improvement in that department before allowing him to pitch for the big club. His demotion leaves Luis Avilan and Ian Thomas as the only lefties in the Atlanta bullpen.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Freddie Freeman hit a pair of solo home runs and Jason Heyward added a two-run shot to back a solid outing by Alex Wood and power the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night.
Impact: Wood (1-0, 1.29 ERA) settled down after allowing a home run to Carlos Gomez on his first pitch. The left-hander yielded one run on five hits in seven innings.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Freeman hit a pair of solo home runs and Jason Heyward added a two-run shot to back a solid outing by Alex Wood and power the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night.
Impact: Freeman opened the sixth with his first homer and added a two-out home run in the eighth to make it 4-1. He's topped 20 homers in three straight campaigns and is well on his way to making it four in a row.
News: Kimbrel picked up his second save of the young season with a perfect frame against the Brewers on Wednesday.
Impact: Kimbrel inherited a one-run lead after a surprise gem from Aaron Harang, and quickly retired the side in order. He got Carlos Gomez to fly out to right, Logan Schafer to strike out swinging, and Ryan Braun to line out to center. The right-hander has seen a heavy workload already in his career (233 appearances), but is off to another great start.
News: Johnson hit a solo homer in Wednesday's win over the Brewers.
Impact: Johnson's big fly accounted for the only run of the ballgame, as both starters (Matt Garza and Aaron Harang) took no-hitters into the seventh inning. The 29-year-old has hit cleanup in each of the Braves' first three games to begin the season, and after a 2013 campaign that saw Johnson finish second in the NL with a .321 average, a significant jump in RBI could be in store.
News: Harang took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Wednesday against the Brewers. He ended up allowing two hits and one walk, while striking out three over 6.2 scoreless innings, in the win.
Impact: Harang's Braves debut went better than anyone could have reasonably expected, as Brewers hitters had combined to hit over .300 against the right-hander coming into the game. The team will trot Harang out again for their home opener next Tuesday, but he will likely be squeezed out of the rotation and possibly even DFA'd once the likes of Mike Minor (shoulder) and Gavin Floyd (elbow) are ready to go.
News: The Braves claimed Beato off waivers from the Reds on Wednesday.
Impact: Despite a strong spring (3.00 ERA, one walk over nine innings), Beato was designated for assignment by the Reds late last week. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as the right-hander will get a major league opportunity with Atlanta. He'll join the team in Washington prior to Friday's game and likely work in middle relief for the time being.
Sat. Mar 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Minor retired all four batters he faced in his first game this spring, and the Atlanta Braves lost 13-4 to the Braves Future Stars in an exhibition game Saturday.
Impact: Minor will open the season on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from tendinitis in his left shoulder. He said he felt good in his rain-shortened start against Atlanta prospects. The Braves need a healthy Minor after losing starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending elbow injuries.
Sat. Mar 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Gearrin is joining the list of Braves pitchers having Tommy John surgery. He confirmed Tuesday he will have the ligament-replacement surgery for his right elbow after he was injured late in spring training. Gearrin, a reliever who has 77 career appearances, says he has not yet scheduled the surgery or selected the doctor.
Impact: The Braves previously lost starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending elbow injuries this spring. Each already has had his Tommy John surgery. Gearrin was expected to serve in a setup role. He was 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA and one save in 37 games in 2013 in his first full season in Atlanta.