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Braves' Ender Inciarte: Progressing slowly
Inciarte (back) is still experiencing stiffness and has yet to resume baseball activities, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Inciarte has been on the injured list almost a week with the back issue and doesn't appear all that close to a return. The 28-year-old is unlikely to have a timetable for his return until he can participate in baseball activities. Top-prospect Austin Riley has taken over starting duties in left field, shifting Ronald Acuna to center field.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Ozzie Albies: Not starting Tuesday
Albies will receive a rare off day Tuesday against the Giants.
Albies sits for just the second time this season. He's hitting just .179/.273/.214 over his last eight games. Johan Camargo gets the start at second base.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Austin Riley: Drills third homer
Riley went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Monday's 4-1 victory over the Giants.
The rookie slugger has been stellar in his first week at the MLB level; he's knocked three homers with a .409 average in 22 at-bats. It looks like Riley is going to force the Braves to keep him in the lineup, even when Ender Inciarte (back) returns. He should be owned in all standard leagues at this point.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Ronald Acuna: Goes deep twice
Acuna went 3-for-4 with two solo homers, a double and a walk in Monday's 4-1 win over San Francisco.
Acuna now has three long balls in the last two games while swatting a leadoff homer in each contest. The 21-year-old phenom is up to 11 home runs and a .909 OPS in 204 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Sean Newcomb: Notches first career save
Newcomb fired a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save over San Francisco on Monday.
Since returning to the MLB following a minor-league stint, Newcomb has tossed 8.1 scoreless innings of relief and has yet to walk a batter. In three April starts, he walked eight in just 12.1 frames. Atlanta's closing situation is a mess right now as Luke Jackson has blown three of his nine save chances. It's possible Newcomb gets a few more looks in that role in the near future.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Mike Soroka: Whiffs seven in win
Soroka (5-1) fired eight innings Monday, allowing a run on two hits while taking the win over the Giants. He yielded a homer and struck out seven.
Aside from Brandon Crawford's solo shot in the sixth inning, Soroka absolutely dominated the Giants' lineup. His eight-inning outing was a career high, but oddly enough, his season ERA actually went up after Monday. The 21-year-old rookie is sporting a 1.01 ERA and 41:14 K:BB across 44.2 frames. Soroka will take the mound in St. Louis on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Dansby Swanson: Bows out of starting nine
Swanson isn't starting Monday's game against the Giants.
Swanson has hit safely in each of his last three games, but he'll catch a breather Monday night in the series opener. Johan Camargo gets the nod at shortstop and is batting seventh in Swanson's absence.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Wes Parsons: Heading back to minors
Parsons was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
Parsons will head back to the minors to free up a roster spot for Anthony Swarzak, who was acquired from the Mariners on Monday in exchange for Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder) and Jesse Biddle. During his most recent stint with the big club, Parsons allowed one run on four hits and three walks across three appearances (four innings).... See More ... See Less
Braves' Brian McCann: Catches another breather
McCann isn't starting Monday's game against the Giants, 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
McCann is set for another day off, his third in the last four days. Tyler Flowers will draw the start behind the plate and bat eighth in McCann's stead.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Anthony Swarzak: Acquired by Atlanta
Swarzak and cash were traded from the Mariners to the Braves on Monday in exchange for Jesse Biddle and Arodys Vizcaino (shoulder), Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
The Braves' bullpen has been a mess this season, so they'll swap one injured reliever and another DFA'd one in exchange for Swarzak. It's not clear that Swarzak will necessarily fix their problems, however, as he owns a 5.97 ERA in 37.2 innings over the last two seasons, with his decent 26.3 percent strikeout rate failing to overcome a high 12.3 percent walk rate. Saves are very much up for grabs in Atlanta, and Swarzak does have three already this season for the Mariners, but it's unlikely that he'll walk straight into a ninth-inning role given his recent track record.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Freddie Freeman: Homers in fourth straight game
Freeman went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's extra-inning loss to Milwaukee.
Freeman's seventh-inning blast off Brandon Woodruff traveled 418 feet to deep center field and temporarily tied the game. The three-time All-Star has been red-hot of late, homering in each of his last four games and batting .444 (8-for-19) over that stretch. For the season, he is slashing an impressive .318/.408/.581 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Ronald Acuna: Slugs leadoff home run
Acuna went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.
Acuna put the Braves on the board with a moonshot off Brandon Woodruff, leading off the first inning for his ninth homer of the season. The 21-year-old has followed up an impressive rookie season with a strong start to his sophomore campaign, supplementing a .281 batting average with 29 RBI and four stolen bases. He is one of the most talented all-around players in the league.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Mike Foltynewicz: Throws six strong innings
Foltynewicz didn't factor into the decision against Milwaukee on Sunday, pitching six innings and giving up two runs on three hits while striking out three. He did not walk a batter.
This was easily Foltynewicz's best game of the season, as he had failed to earn a quality start in each of his previous four outings. He made it through six innings on an ultra-efficient 67 pitches and allowed only three baserunners, though two rounded the bases on solo home runs. Foltynewicz again struggled to strike batters out -- he now has only 17 K's in 27.1 innings this year -- but the strong outing is a positive step after a late start to the season due to elbow soreness. He'll face the Cardinals on the road in his next start Friday.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Ozzie Albies: Plummets to eighth in order
Albies will bat eighth and start at shortstop Sunday against the Brewers.
Manager Brian Snitker pulled the plug on Albies as the team's leadoff man May 10, with Ronald Acuna taking over table-setting duties for the Braves. Albies proceeded to go 1-for-19 while hitting out of the No. 6 or 7 spot over the subsequent five games, resulting in another drop down the order. He'll bat eighth for the fourth consecutive contest and may stick at that spot until he can find some consistency at the plate.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Brian McCann: Sitting out series finale
McCann is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves.
It will be McCann's turn to sit in the series finale as he continues to alternate starts at catcher with Tyler Flowers. The arrangement hasn't prevented McCann from getting into the rhythm at the plate this season, as his .855 OPS -- his highest mark since 2008 -- illustrates.... See More ... See Less