News: Freeman is not expected to play all 162 games again this season, but he also won't sit enough to warrant the Braves carrying a backup who doesn't play several positions, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Chris Johnson will serve as the primary backup at first base, as he has the past two years. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he would like to get Freeman an occasional day off when the team is facing a tough lefty, though it sounds like Freeman will see a heavy workload again in his sixth major league season. Freeman has appeared in at least 147 games each of the past four years. Kelly Johnson could be an option at first if Freeman was forced to miss more than a game or two in a row, but Johnson will first need to carve out a utility role in spring training.
News: Gomes went 0-for-2 with an RBI and a strikeout in the Braves' Grapefruit League opener Wednesday against the Mets.
Impact: An undisclosed injury slowed Gomes a bit during the first week of camp, but evidently it was nothing serious, as he was on the field for the team's first spring game. He served as the DH on Wednesday, but Gomes is expected to be deployed in a sort of "soft" platoon during the regular season, seeing starts against lefties as well as some opportunities against right-handers.
News: Minor has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League outing Sunday with tightness in his left shoulder.
Impact: This is troubling news for the Braves, as Minor battled shoulder issues throughout 2014, though the team is saying he was scratched for precautionary reasons. Apparently, the tightness first surfaced Tuesday and the team wants to tread carefully. Atlanta has yet to name a replacement for Sunday's game against Houston, but if Minor is forced to miss more than one turn, it will likely open the door for the likes of Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos to see additional starting opportunities.
News: Minor was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after experiencing tightness in his left shoulder.
Impact: Minor, who went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA for the Braves last season, missed most of the 2014 spring training with a groin injury but came back to start 25 games. Braves general manager John Hart said that the team is trying to be proactive and not rush anything early in the spring.