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Atlanta Braves blog by David O'Brien, baseball writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gattis (strained quad) misses 4th game, but progressing

  • 5:23 pm Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 by David O'Brien

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Before missing his fourth game since straining his right quadriceps, catcher Evan Gattis tested the leg by catching Ervin Santana’s bullpen session and taking part in pregame baserunning drills. He got through the work without incident.

“I didn’t have any problem at all catching,” Gattis said. “And I didn’t think I would. I strained it running, so I think running is the biggest thing. I was going to shut it down if I felt anything (during the baserunning). I didn’t feel anything, but I also wasn’t pushing it. I wasn’t going full speed.

“I’ll probably do the [More]

Gattis misses 3rd game since straining quad

  • 2:55 pm Friday, March 21st, 2014 by David O'Brien

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Braves catcher Evan Gattis was out of the lineup Friday for the third consecutive game since straining the quadriceps muscle in his right thigh.

He hasn’t played since Monday, when he hurt it running to score from first base on Dan Uggla’s triple against the Astros. Gattis stayed in and legged out a double in his next at-bat before leaving the game.

The Braves were off Tuesday, and Gattis was scratched from the lineup Wednesday when the soreness lingered. He wasn’t in the lineup Thursday or Friday and is questionable for games this weekend.

He and the Braves [More]

Santana, team pleased with pitcher’s Braves debut

  • 6:16 pm Thursday, March 20th, 2014 by David O'Brien

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – On the same mound that Kris Medlen walked off 12 days earlier while clinching his elbow in pain, the pitcher signed to replace him made his Braves debut Thursday.

It was only two innings, but Ervin Santana provided a few glimpses of why the Braves felt lucky the right-hander was still unsigned when starters Medlen and Brandon Beachy sustained season-ending elbow injuries in consecutive games March 9-10.

Eight days after signing a one-year, $14.1 million free-agent contract, Santana was charged with two hits and one run in a 7-6 loss to the Mets at Tradition Field. He [More]

Gattis (quad strain) scratched from Braves lineup

  • 2:09 pm Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by David O'Brien

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The good news about Evan Gattis’ sore right quadriceps muscle was that it wasn’t strained near his surgically repaired knee, and the Braves catcher said he could’ve played if Wednesday’s game had been a regular-season contest.

Gattis was scratched from the lineup for the Grapefruit League game against the Yankees with what was diagnosed as a mild right quad strain. He said it was at the top of the muscle, while pointing to a spot near the hip.

“Could have played today, just scared of (hitting) a swinging bunt and then trying to bust it to first,” [More]

Hursh, Graham among 17 trimmed from Braves camp roster

  • 2:38 pm Friday, March 14th, 2014 by David O'Brien

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Pitching prospects Jason Hursh and J.R. Graham were among 17 players trimmed from the Braves spring-training roster in the first round of cuts Friday.

None of the moves came as a surprise, as none involved were projected to make the opening-day roster when spring training began.

Three in the group — right-handers Aaron Northcraft and Wirfin Obispo, left-hander Carlos Perez — were on the 40-man roster and were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Northcraft injured a finger during fielding practice early in camp and didn’t pitch in any games. He’s good to go now, but innings are scarce at [More]

Lynn strikes out 10 Braves in four innings

  • 4:38 pm Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by David O'Brien

JUPITER, Fla. – Braves hitters have set a franchise record for strikeouts for three consecutive seasons, and if spring training is any indication they could make it four in a row.

St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn struck out 10 Braves in four innings Thursday, including each of the last eight he faced during a 11-0 Cardinals win at Roger Dean Stadium. Braves hitters have struck out 138 times in 19 games, the most strikeouts in the Grapefruit League and second-most in the majors behind the Diamondbacks (148 before Thursday).

The Braves and Mets tied for the National League lead with 1,384 strikeouts [More]

Welcome sight for Braves: Teheran 4 perfect innings

  • 3:45 pm Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 by David O'Brien

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Julio Teheran was a sight for sore eyes for the Braves Tuesday, pitching four perfect innings with three strikeouts in a 9-1 Grapefruit League win against the Phillies at Champion Stadium.

After watching Kris Medlen walk off the field clutching his right elbow Sunday and Brandon Beachy limited to two innings Monday due to biceps tightness, the Braves were grateful to see Teheran sail through his start with 34 strikes in 49 pitches.

“That was a couple of bad days in a row,” Teheran said of the Braves’ recent pitching injuries. “I just tried to give the people [More]

Streaking Heyward’s leadoff homer starts ATL offense

  • 6:03 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014 by David O'Brien

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Jason Heyward’s towering first-inning leadoff home run extended his streak to six hits (including two homers) in six consecutive plate appearances, and started the Braves toward their best overall game of the spring in an 8-1 win Monday against the Phillies.

Dan Uggla added a long two-run homer, second-base prospect Tommy La Stella had a two-run double off closer Jonathan Papelbon, and the Braves got two hits apiece from B.J. Upton, Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson for their third win in 15 Grapefruit League games.

Heyward unloaded on the second pitch of the game from Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee, [More]

Mixed results so far for Uggla, B.J. Upton

  • 5:51 pm Saturday, March 8th, 2014 by David O'Brien

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – With more than half of spring training completed and opening day just over three weeks away, the report card is incomplete on Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton, veteran hitters trying to bounce back from career-worst performances last season. So far, they’ve had mixed results.

Upton was 4-for-20 (.200) with two doubles and a .238 on-base percentage in seven games before Saturday, when the center fielder was a late scratch from the split-squad lineup against Miami due to sickness. Jose Constanza replaced him and had three hits in a game that ended in a 6-6 tie after [More]

Little pink bicycle: Braves rookie learns lesson

  • 3:12 pm Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 by David O'Brien

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – If you attended a Braves workout the past two days, you may have noticed a player in uniform riding a tiny pink bike out to the backfields. So what was that about, you ask?

Braves pitching prospect Shae Simmons, in the first week of his first major league spring training, made the mistake a few days ago of hitching a ride on one of the golf carts that are driven by clubhouse staffers to take veteran players, coaches or team officials to their cars or back to the clubhouse or wherever. Some players noticed and weren’t overly [More]