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  • Braves cautiously optimistic for Ender Inciarte's return

    MLB.com "While the Braves are hoping to activate Ender Inciarte before next week’s two-game set in Kansas City, which begins on Tuesday, manager Brian Snitker remains cautiously optimistic regarding the return of his Gold Glove Award-winning center fielder, who has been sidelined since..." September 19

  • Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. makes history with 40th home run, closes in on 40/40 club

    CBS Sports "Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. launched a two-run home run off Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola in the third inning of Thursday's division matchup. The team-leading long ball was Acuna's 40th of the season to go along with 37 stolen..." September 19

  • Josh Donaldson Now in Line for Free-Agent Riches After Rediscovering MVP Form

    Bleacher Report "When the Atlanta Braves made a $23 million bet on Josh Donaldson last winter, how he would bounce back after consecutive injury-marred seasons was anyone's guess. Put it this way: He's bounced himself toward a payday worth more than $23..." September 19

  • Josh Donaldson on next contract: ‘Not something I put time or energy into’

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson is having the ultimate comeback year. After his past two seasons were deteriorated by injuries, he’s shown his MVP form wasn’t stranded in his past. Donaldson, who turns 34 in December, has hit .260/.381/.530 with 37 homers, 89 RBIs and..." September 19

  • Who will be next skipper to join 2K wins list?

    MLB.com "Bruce Bochy’s 2,000th managerial victory is in the books, and, while a Cooperstown calling was already a foregone conclusion with or without this milestone, this puts the soon-to-be-retired Giants skipper in some rare and heady company. Only 10 other managers -- Connie..." September 19

  • Braves call up John Ryan Murphy, place Charlie Culberson on 60-day IL

    Talking Chop "The Braves have called up catcher John Ryan Murphy from Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Braves officially placed Charlie Culberson on the 60-day IL with a fractured cheekbone after being hit in the face with a pitch and being ruled out for the rest of the..." September 17

  • Charlie Culberson Fractures Cheek Bone, Out For Season

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves utilityman Charlie Culberson suffered multiple facial fractures and will miss the remainder of the season after he was hit in the face by a pitch Saturday in Washington, manager Brian Snitker said Sunday.  Culberson is doing better than expected and flew back to Atlanta..." September 16

  • Braves infielder Charlie Culberson hospitalized after being hit in the face by a pitch

    USA Today "Atlanta Braves infielder Charlie Culberson was transported to a Washington hospital after being hit in the face by a pitch during Saturday's 10-1 win over the Washington Nationals. Culberson was struck directly on the right cheekbone by a 91 mph fastball in the seventh..." September 15

  • Braves Activate Nick Markakis From Injured List Just in Time for Playoff Push

    12 Up "On Friday, the Atlanta Braves made a host of roster moves, including the reinstatement of veteran outfielder Nick Markakis from the injured list. On top of getting one of their leaders back before October, Atlanta placed infielder Johan Camargo on the IL with a..." September 14

  • Braves won’t rule out Johan Camargo returning this season

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves utilityman Johan Camargo was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday after fouling a ball off his shin during Wednesday’s game. The injury was defined as a right shin fracture. It came at an unfortunate time for the 25-year-old, who was showing signs of improved play..." September 14

  • Freddie Freeman exits game with elbow soreness

    Hardball Talk "Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman departed Friday’s game against the Nationals with right elbow soreness, the team announced. It’s not clear whether or not Freeman sustained a serious injury, but the decision has been framed as a precautionary one for now. " September 14

  • Stephen Strasburg's six best landing spots if the Nationals righty hits free agency this winter

    CBS Sports "The 2019 MLB free-agent class looks to be adding even more starting pitching depth. According to a report by MLB.com's Jon Morosi: "There's increasing speculation in the industry that [Stephen Strasburg] will opt out of the remaining four years and $100 million left on his..." September 13

  • Braves’ Johan Camargo leaves game after fouling ball off foot

    Sportsnaut "This isn’t something we want to see become commonplace as MLB wraps up the regular season. One day after reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich suffered a broken kneecap on a foul ball, young Atlanta Braves star Johan Camargo left Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia..." September 12

  • Braves Activate Grant Dayton, Place A.J. Minter On 60-Day IL

    Talking Chop "A season to forget for left-handed reliever A.J. Minter officially came to an end on Thursday as the Braves placed him on the 60-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation. The Braves also reinstated left-handed reliever Grant Dayton from the injured list and placed him on the..." September 12

  • What's Atlanta's secret? 3 productive ironmen

    MLB.com "There are more ways to measure a player’s value than ever before, but a team still benefits most from its stars showing up every day. That’s what the Braves’ core is doing this year. With less than three weeks left in the regular season, the top of the National..." September 12

  • Braves' Dallas Keuchel teases Phillies for not signing him

    The Philadelphia Inquirer "Dallas Keuchel was on the mound Wednesday night, pitching in South Philly in a September pennant race. These were the nights the former Cy Young winner was signed for, brought on to be the pitcher that gets his team to October. And that team could have been the Phillies. Instead,..." September 12

  • Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced

    Hardball Talk "The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Yadier Molina won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and..." September 12

  • Nick Markakis Nearing Return

    MLB.com "Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is expected to take live batting practice Wednesday in Philadelphia and could return as soon as Friday against the Nationals, according to Atlanta manager Brian Snitker. "We’re going to bring a pitcher in to throw to him, where he’ll..." September 11

  • How will the Red Sox replace Dave Dombrowski? A look at seven potential GM candidates for Boston

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox fired president Dave Dombrowski on Sunday, less than a year after winning the World Series. The Red Sox had been successful under Dombrowski's guidance, notching at least 93 wins in each of his three full seasons. Even this season, a disappointing one relative to..." September 10

  • Twins Acquire Ryan LaMarre from Braves

    Twins Daily "The Twins acquired OF Ryan LaMarre, and based on reports, he is at Target Field. He will take the 40-man roster spot of Michael Pineda and be activated by the Twins. On Saturday, the Twins lost Pineda to a 60-Game Suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. September 08

  • Braves chase HR history after Josh Donaldson's 35th

    MLB.com "Josh Donaldson is well aware of how many fans viewed his $23 million contract through the first two months of this season. At the same time, he is appreciative of how beloved he has become during a power barrage that has positioned this year’s Braves to possibly become just the..." September 07

  • MLB weighing opioid testing after Tyler Skaggs' death

    ESPN "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have had initial conversations about randomly testing players for opioids following an autopsy report that showed oxycodone and fentanyl in the blood of late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. While the discussions..." September 07

  • The juiced ball is not a “looming problem” for the players union

    Hardball Talk "Players have long known it. Scientists have confirmed it. The numbers, quite clearly, bear it out. Eventually even Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball admitted it. The ball is juiced and it’s led to a massive uptick in offense. How and why it got juiced is a tad more..." September 06

  • Each MLB Team's Player Whose Days as a Star Are over for Good

    Bleacher Report "Every star in the known universe burns out eventually. The same is true in Major League Baseball, where even the greatest players ultimately fade away. It's tough for fanbases and, often, even tougher for the players in question. But it's reality all the..." September 06

  • Tanking teams are killing attendance

    Hardball Talk "Your must-click link of the day is Rob Arthur’s article at Baseball Prospectus in which he analyzed the effect tanking has on attendance. (note: it was originally behind a paywall but it’s now free for everyone, so do go read it). The executive summary can be read..." September 06

  • Ronald Acuna Jr. joins Hall of Fame company with 37th HR of season

    The Score "Ronald Acuna Jr. inched closer to the first 40-40 season since 2006 on Thursday when he belted his 37th home run of the season against the Washington Nationals. The Atlanta Braves outfielder joined exclusive company with the homer, as only three players have hit more..." September 06

  • Braves activate Austin Riley

    Talking Chop "The Atlanta Braves will continue their four-game series against the Washington Nationals Friday night and are adding another right-handed power option to their roster. The Braves announced this afternoon that they have recalled outfielder Austin Riley from Gwinnett. Riley has been out..." September 06

  • Worst performances in baseball at every position

    ESPN "It was looking like a bit of slow day on Wednesday, with only 11 games on the slate, but then Joc Pederson continued his tear in the late game. In his final at-bat on Sunday, his three at-bats on Monday and his three on Wednesday (he didn't play Tuesday), Pederson did this: home..." September 05

  • 6 Worst September Collapses in MLB History

    12 Up "The September collapse in the MLB is a special kind of soul-crushing moment. With the playoffs so close, a once mighty teams' own ineptitude forces them to slide out of the playoffs on the way to another anonymous season. These six particular situations have lived on in history as..." September 05

  • Braves Activate Darren O’Day

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have activated right-hander Darren O’Day from the 60-day injured list.  The team created a 40-man roster spot by recalling catcher Alex Jackson from Triple-A and then placing Jackson the 60-day IL himself, ending his 2019 season. ..." September 05

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Dilemma of the 2019-20 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Decisions, decisions. Major League Baseball teams have to make them all the time, but perhaps the toughest choices come during the winter. We've gotten ahead of them by pinpointing the biggest dilemma each team will face in the 2019-2020 offseason. These cover difficult calls that..." September 04

  • 6 Veteran MLB Stars Who Will Leave Their Longtime Teams After 2019

    12 Up "The 2019 MLB campaign is rapidly drawing to a close, with a little less than a month of the regular season left to be played. While there's no doubting the playoffs are shaping up to be a doozy, it's also time to start pondering where some impending free agents will..." September 04

  • How MLB's most notable deadline additions are faring with new teams

    The Score "It might be hard to believe, but Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed over a month ago now, and most players are settled into their new digs. With the notable omission of Scooter Gennett, who was released by the San Francisco Giants, let's check in on how all the..." September 03

  • MLB's efforts to speed up play run into reality of modern game: 'It's not going to happen'

    USA Today "First came a limit on mound visits. Then, shortened breaks between innings. Next year, pitchers will be forced to face at least three batters, the better to reduce pitching changes, and some day, Major League Baseball may yet foist a pitch clock on its timeless game. Yet as another..." September 03

  • Differential in Total Home Runs From 2018 and 2019 Triple-A Seasons is Absurd

    12 Up "The insane rate of home runs is not a problem in just the Major League, it has also been an issue in Triple-A. Triple-A players were introduced to the baseballs being used at the MLB level this year, and you can see from the numbers the difference these baseballs made. Juiced..." September 03

  • Bobby Cox makes appearance at Braves game months after stroke

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Bobby Cox was in attendance at Monday’s Braves game, his first appearance at SunTrust Park in the five months since the former Braves and Hall of Fame manager suffered a stroke. Cox was seated in the luxury box of Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk before the afternoon game against..." September 02

  • Brian McCann, Johan Camargo among Braves’ roster additions

    Talking Chop "The Atlanta Braves added four players to their roster prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Chicago White Sox. As expected Atlanta activated catcher Brian McCann from the 10-day injured list. They also recalled infielder Johan Camargo along with relievers Chad Sobotka and Jeremy..." September 01

  • Braves will get Brian McCann back Sunday as injury list begins to shrink

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves plan to activate catcher Brian McCann on Sunday as the team gradually reduces its crowded injured list.  McCann is eligible to come off the 10-day IL Saturday, but will wait another day for the roster limit to expand at the start of September “so we don’t..." August 31

  • Braves hitting coach thinks Ronald Acuna’s struggles are due to chasing 40-40 club

    Larry Brown Sports "Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna has a shot at making history this season, but his one of his coaches thinks that he may be gunning for it a little too hard. Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer said on Friday that he believes Acuna’s recent struggles are due to him chasing the..." August 31

  • Braves acquire Caleb Thielbar from Tigers for cash considerations

    Talking Chop "The Braves have been one of the more active and creative teams in the league after the trade deadline. While most thought that the new rules that removed trades of players that cleared waivers would grind transactions to a screeching halt, the Braves have continued to make additions and tweaks..." August 31

  • 10 Must-Watch Future Stars About to Be Called Up to MLB

    Bleacher Report "The final month of the 2019 MLB season is right around the corner, and with it comes roster expansion from 25 to 40 players. The bulk of September call-ups consist of players who have spent the season shuffling between Triple-A and the majors—the fringe middle..." August 30

  • Five September call-ups that could steal the Show

    USA Today "Five years ago, the Kansas City Royals selected Brandon Finnegan out of Texas Christian University in the first round. About three months later, the left-hander made his Major League Baseball debut against the New York Yankees.  Finnegan went on to make seven postseason..." August 30

  • 15 former MLB players who are still playing professional baseball, including Brandon Phillips and Carlos Zambrano

    CBS Sports "The 2019 Minor League Baseball regular season is in its final week of action, and the MLB playoff roster deadline is approaching quickly (Sept. 1). While researching expected September call-ups and searching the list of current free agents, a handful of recognizable names caught our attention..." August 28

  • Each MLB Team's Player Most Likely to Be Traded in Offseason

    Bleacher Report "The Major League Baseball offseason will be here before anyone knows it. And because this winter's crop of free agents looks relatively weak, trades could be all the rage. We've speculated on the most likely player on each team to be traded during the 2019-2020 offseason. We..." August 28

  • Blue Jays' continued love for Josh Donaldson goes beyond his on-field performance

    Sporting News "Josh Donaldson did not arrive to MLB as a ready-made star. Neither did Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion. It took Donaldson three awful years with Oakland to become a starter. Bautista bounced from Baltimore to Kansas City to Pittsburgh before settling in Toronto. Encarnacion was..." August 28

  • Thriving Josh Donaldson’s return offers Blue Jays, Toronto chance to move on

    Sportsnet "A year ago this week, the Blue Jays traded Josh Donaldson and cash to Cleveland, ending weeks of speculation about a potential deal featuring the former MVP. At the time, Donaldson was hurt, rehabbing a calf injury at Class-A Dunedin. Under those circumstances, the return was..." August 27

  • 10 injured players who could impact playoff races with September returns, including Luis Severino and Tyler Glasnow

    CBS Sports "This coming Sunday is Sept. 1, which is the day teams can expand their active rosters from 25 players up to 40 players. The September call-up rules will change next year -- teams will only be able to carry up to 28 players -- but, for now, they are the same as always. Up to 40 active players..." August 27

  • 6 MLB September Series With Big Postseason Implications

    The Big Lead "The air may be cooling, but MLB’s playoff races are blazing toward the finish. It’s a shame kids are headed back to school, because there are several big matchups in September that will wind up determining the league’s eight-squad postseason. Put the kids to bed..." August 27

  • Braves release Lucas Duda

    Hardball Talk "The Atlanta Braves have released first baseman Lucas Duda. Duda just signed a minor league deal with the Braves earlier this month after being released by the Royals. Which makes the second year in a row he went from the Royals to the Braves, having been traded to Atlanta by Kansas..." August 27

  • Braves activate Dansby Swanson

    Fox 5 Atlanta "The Braves announced Monday morning they are activating shortstop Dansby Swanson from injured reserve.  He completed his rehab assignment with the Rome Braves over the weekend, going 4-for-10, 1 RBI, and walking three times. Swanson has been out since July 23 with..." August 26