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  • Left field hopeful Evan Gattis and a top pitching prospect J.R. Graham are among the 21 non-roster invitees the Braves will bring to spring training when camp opens in early February – a list the club announced Thursday. Gattis made quite a splash with his spring training invitation last season, raising eyebrows among Braves teammates and manager Fredi Gonzalez with... read more...
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  • The Atlanta Braves have announced the first additions to the September roster expansion late Sunday night, via press release.   Juan Jaime, Chasen Shreve, Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich will join the team on Monday. Christian Bethancourt will arrive on Tuesday. — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 1, 2014 Most of these were very much no-brainers […]... read more...
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  • The first thing about Ryne Harper can’t be avoided.  It’s his name.  We natives of the South have gotten used to some words having multiple syllables in places that the dictionary couldn’t possibly imagine.  But this native of NW Tennessee – Clarksville, specifically – has quite the opposite situation:  one single syllable.  So it comes […]... read more...
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  • Opportunities Missed I glance over at the Marlins side of the box score and see entries like this: 2B: C Yelich (24, A Harang); A Hechavarria (17, A Harang) HR: D Solano (3, 1st inning off A Harang 0 on, 1 Out) RBI: D Solano 2 (21), G Stanton (98) 2-out RBI: G Stanton, D […] ... read more...
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  • News broke last night that Braves reliever Jonny Venters has yet another torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. This comes a day after the Braves shut down Venters’ rehab program after the pitcher felt discomfort. We now know why he felt said discomfort. Venters had joined a growing group of pitchers like Brian […] read more...
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  • The Atlanta Braves and Jonny Venters are hoping that the third time is a charm in his career.  Venters will attempt yet another comeback as he will undergo the third Tommy John surgery of his career on Thursday. Venters says he plans to attempt another comeback. Thus, he will undergo a 3rd Tommy John surgery. #Braves— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 29, 2014When Venters... read more...
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  • Mike Minor still knows how to pitch. Prior to yesterday’s game his statistics suggested otherwise (4.90 ERA and 1.48 WHIP). In early August the Braves skipped his start so he could “clear his mind.” Yesterday he looked like the pitcher he was last year. The changeup had good break to it. The curveball was a true bat misser (partly because the Mets hitters were not picking ... read more...
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  • LOTS of Chop items today… This writer had a great day yesterday.  Over the next several days, I’m going to be letting y’all in on the things I learned while being hosted by Kyle Tait – the radio voice of the AA Mississippi Braves as they are now in the midst of their final regular […] ... read more...
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  • For those still skeptical of Braves pitcher Mike Minor after Friday at Cincinnati, where he took a no-hitter to the eighth inning, his seven-plus innings of four-hit ball Thursday against the Mets should help erase any lingering doubts. It was another impressive outing by the left-hander, who didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning or a run until the eighth in a 6-1 win... read more...
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  • Braves reliever Jonny Venters, once considered one of the premier left-hander bullpen arms in baseball, could be headed to his third Tommy John surgery. An MRI with Dr. James Andrews revealed Venters tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm once again, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Venters underwent his second Tommy John surgery in May 2013 and ha... read more...
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  •     The Braves come off a 6-4 road trip to face the Marlins at home, and while that sounds not so bad, the Marlins have beaten the Braves 7-6 this season, and thus is the self fulfilling “beat the best, lose to the rest”  prophecy of the Atlanta Braves. Tom Koehler and Nathan Eovaldi […] ... read more...
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