Culberson, Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies were able to take at-bats against live pitching this week, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
The trio of hitters joined Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Soroka and Sean Newcomb at a high school in the Atlanta area for some more intense reps than the players had been getting in their respective batting cages and bullpen sessions, as each pitcher tossed three simulated innings of about 15 pitches against his teammates. Culberson may have been on the outside looking in at a roster spot when spring training was suspended, but the likelihood of expanded rosters to accommodate a compacted schedule could ensure the 31-year-old finds a home once again on the Atlanta bench, even if only in a pinch-hitting role.
Culberson posted a .115/.258/.192 slash line with eight strikeouts in 26 at-bats before spring training was suspended.
Dropped from the 40-man roster in the offseason, Culberson came into camp hoping to win a spot on the Atlanta bench, but his poor performance at the plate did him no favors. The 30-year-old utility man could still make the cut if the team sticks with its initial plan to send the loser of the third-base battle between Austin Riley and Johan Camargo to Triple-A, but if both younger players stay in the majors, Culberson seems well behind Adam Duvall in the race for the final spot on the bench.
Culberson is fully recovered from the facial fractures he suffered last September and is looking to reclaim a spot on the Atlanta bench, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
He's been taking batting practice for more than a month while wearing a special batting helmet that offers additional protection after he was struck in the face by a Fernando Rodney pitch on a bunt attempt. Culberson became a fan favorite in Atlanta in 2018 with some timely pinch-hit homers, but his numbers declined last year and he was dropped from the 40-man roster this offseason. Even if the 30-year-old has a good camp, he's not guaranteed a spot on the big-league roster for a Braves team that has plenty of depth already.
Culberson (face) signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Friday, which includes an invitation to spring training, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Culberson became a free agent at the beginning of December after being non-tendered by Atlanta, but he'll return to the Braves on a minor-league deal for the 2020 campaign. The outfielder played in 108 games with the big-league team a season ago, hitting .259/.294/.437 with five homers and 20 RBI, and he'll get a chance to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster this spring.
Culberson (face) will be non-tendered by the Braves on Monday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Culberson hit .256/.294/.437 (85 wRC+) in 144 plate appearances last season, and the Braves evidently weren't interested in giving even a modest arbitration raise to a clear bench player. He will head to free agency looking for a big-league fit heading into his age-31 season.
Culberson (face) was placed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
Culberson had already been ruled out for the season with a fractured cheekbone after getting hit in the face by a pitch Saturday. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Braves to select John Ryan Murphy's contract.
Culberson won't require surgery to address his multiple facial fractures but is out for the season, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Culberson suffered the facial fractures -- including a fractured cheekbone -- Saturday when he was hit in the face by a pitch and carted off the field. The utility man will finish the season with a .259/.294/.437 slash line and five home runs in 144 plate appearances.
Culberson was diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone Sunday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Culberson left Saturday's game against the Nationals on a cart after being hit in the face by a pitch. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the 30-year-old has multiple facial fractures and will return to Atlanta to receive further evaluation.
Culberson left Saturday's game against the Nationals after getting hit in the face while trying to bunt, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Culberson appeared to be struck directly in the nose by a pitch and went down immediately. He left the game on a cart. The exact nature and severity of the injury is not yet clear.
Culberson supplied a pinch-hit solo home run in his lone plate appearance in Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Nationals.
The ninth-inning blast ended an 0-for-26 skid for Culberson, who saw his season-long average drop by more than 60 points during the offensive dry spell. Culberson hasn't drawn any starts since Aug. 25 and will likely continue to see spotty at-bats in his bench role for the rest of the season.
Culberson will start in right field and bat sixth Saturday against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers.
It looked like he'd be losing out on playing time after the team signed Adeiny Hechavarria, but with Ender Inciarte (hamstring) joining Nick Markakis (wrist) and Austin Riley (knee) on the injured list, there's room for Culberson in the outfield, at least against left-handed pitching. Matt Joyce seems likely to start in right field against right-handers.
Culberson is out of the lineup Friday against the Dodgers.
Culberson will head to the bench for the third straight game, this time in favor of newest Atlanta acquisition Adeiny Hechavarria, who was added to the roster Friday. Culberson had been filling in for Dansby Swanson (foot) at shortstop, but he'll now likely return to a primarily pinch-hitting role.
Culberson is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets.
Culberson will sit for a second straight game as Johan Camargo picks up another start at shortstop in his stead. Since the start of August, Culberson is hitting .235 with a .551 OPS and 45.7 percent strikeout rate.
Culberson is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.
Culberson has started the past seven games and has gone 8-for-29 with two doubles and 12 strikeouts during that stretch. Johan Camargo is starting at shortstop and hitting sixth in this one.
Culberson went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBI in Wednesday's win over the Twins.
The utility man started two straight games in the series with the Atlanta roster hit by injuries and the designated hitter available in an American League park, but Culberson hadn't seen his name on the lineup card since June 19 prior to that. On the season, he's slashing .333/.364/.559 with four homers and 18 RBI in only 99 plate appearances, and with Dansby Swanson (foot) unlikely to return until at least next week, Culberson could sneak in another start or two before returning to his primary role as the team's top pinch hitter from the right side.
Culberson connected on a pinch-hit solo home run in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.
His ninth-inning shot off Nats closer Sean Doolittle did nothing to change the outcome, but it did give Culberson four homers on the year. The 30-year-old doesn't see enough action to have fantasy value even in deep formats, but he remains a key bench weapon for Atlanta.
Culberson remains out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals.
Culberson hasn't made a start since June 19 and has received just 13 at-bats in total over the past month. With the Braves recently welcoming back another key bench piece in Ender Inciarte from the injured list, Culberson's opportunities to play may only grow scarcer.
Culberson remains out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Culberson hasn't drawn a start since May 23 and has only picked up four at-bats in the Braves' subsequent 10 games. Unless Atlanta loses one of its everyday players to an injury, Culberson will continue to see limited work off the bench.
Culberson went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.
With Freddie Freeman fighting off a cold, Culberson entered the lineup at first base and hit sixth, producing his second multi-hit performance in May. The veteran utility player is now hitting .429 (12-for-28) on the year in his limited opportunities off the bench, with four of his hits going for extra bases (two doubles, two homers).
Culberson will start in left field and hit eighth Thursday against the Padres.
After not starting in any of the Braves' first 29 games, Culberson has now entered the lineup on back-to-back days. Culberson filled in for Ronald Acuna on Wednesday and will replace Ender Inciarte in the series finale in what amounted to rest days for both everyday outfielders. Expect Culberson to resume his usual reserve duties in this weekend's series in Miami.
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