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Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward (back) is expected to remain out of the Braves' lineup until at least Friday, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Heyward is sitting again Wednesday due to back soreness, and manager Fredi Gonzalez said he will probably give him one more day once Heyward declares himself ready. Apparently, Heyward initially strained his back while pursuing a foul ball last Thursday, but he said he's feeling a little better after two days of treatment at Dodger Stadium.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward (back) remains out of the Braves' lineup Wednesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Heyward was hoping to return to the lineup Wednesday after missing just one start, but manager Fredi Gonzalez will play it safe and hold the 24-year-old out for at least one additional day. Gonzalez previously suggested that Heyward would make it back before the end of the Dodgers series, so it seems likely Heyward will return to right field for Thursday's finale. Jordan Schafer will draw the start there in his absence.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Harang allowed four runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out three across six innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Impact: Six of his nine hits allowed went for extra bases, including a Matt Kemp two-run home run in the second inning. Harang allowed at least a hit in each of his six innings of work, but left with the game tied at 4-4. The outing snapped his streak of six straight quality starts in which he went 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA. His next scheduled start will come on the road against the Padres this Sunday.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Freeman finished 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, one run scored, and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.
Impact: He took Josh Beckett deep in the third inning for a two-run shot, his 15th of the year, to give his team a temporary 3-2 lead. Freeman is putting together another solid campaign, batting .285/.376/.482 and is on pace for over 20 homers for a fourth straight season.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | STATS
News: The Braves placed Simmons on the disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to July 27, with a right shoulder strain.
Impact: Simmons had been struggling lately and isn't considered much of a fantasy option.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jaime was recalled by the Braves on Tuesday.
Impact: With Shae Simmons' placement on the 15-day DL due to a shoulder strain, Jaime will take over a spot in the Atlanta bullpen. Jaime fared well in four appearances with the Braves earlier this season, but has a 55:33 K:BB in 35.2 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett and an unsightly 1.619 WHIP despite a 3.79 ERA and 16 saves.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Gattis went 3 for 4 with a homer and drove in both runs in Monday's 2-0 win over San Diego.
Impact: Gattis, 5 for 6 over the last two games, is hitting .322 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs in 35 home games.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Santana struck out 11 over eight dominant innings to beat San Diego 2-0 on Monday.
Impact: Santana allowed just five hits and didn't walk anybody for the first time since his season debut April 9. He is 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA in his last six starts.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward (back) said he's hoping to play Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Fredi Gonzalez expressed a similar sentiment, saying Heyward will likely be back in the lineup Wednesday or Thursday. Heyward was forced to leave Monday's game due to a bout of lower back soreness, and he's sitting Tuesday with Ryan Doumit starting in right field for the Braves.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward (back) is out of the Braves' lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Impact: Lower back soreness forced Heyward from Monday's game after three innings, and he'll sit Tuesday as Ryan Doumit makes a rare start in right field for Atlanta. The 24-year-old Heyward is listed on the lineup card as a reserve and should be considered day-to-day, but it's uncertain whether he'll actually be available in any capacity Tuesday.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis provided all the offense for the Braves on Monday, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI.
Impact: The powerful backstop was the only Brave to figure out the surprisingly successful Jason Lane with his seventh-inning home run. He then singled in an insurance run in the eighth inning. Gattis now has 17 home runs this season and is hitting .292.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santana was masterful Monday, shutting out the Padres over eight innings to earn his 10th win of the season.
Impact: Santana has come out of the All-Star break strong, allowing just four earned runs in his three post-break starts. Santana has also recorded back-to-back double-digit strikeout games for the first time this season. He'll face the Padres again this weekend in San Diego.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward exited Monday's game against the Padres due to lower back soreness.
Impact: Heyward was replaced by Ryan Doumit in right field to begin the fourth inning Monday afternoon. Consider the outfielder day-to-day until more information is known. He grounded out in his first plate appearance before exiting.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: La Stella is out of the lineup Monday against the Padres, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Impact: La Stella has started every game for the Braves since June 27, but will take a seat Monday afternoon for a routine day of rest. The 25-year-old has seven multi-hit games in the month of July, and is slashing .288/.363/.356 over 191 at-bats this season. Phil Gosselin will man the keystone in his stead.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Upton is out of the lineup Monday against the Padres, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Impact: Upton has made 12 straight starts for the Braves in center field, but will give way to Jordan Schafer on Monday afternoon. Upton his hit safely in five of his past six games, and owns a .259 batting average in July.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Teheran notched his 10th win of the season Saturday, giving up three runs and nine hits over six innings in a 5-3 victory over San Diego.
Impact: Teheran has won four of his last six starts while posting a 3.62 ERA.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Freeman was 3 for 5 with his 57th RBI in Saturday's 5-3 win over San Diego.
Impact: Freeman is still just 7 for 40 over his last 10 games, so perhaps his five hits over the first two games of the series with the Padres will help get him going.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres.
Impact: Gattis will take a seat for the day game Sunday in preparation for the early-morning game Monday. Gerald Laird will start behind the plate and bat seventh for the Braves.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres.
Impact: Heyward will take the day off Sunday with the left-handed Eric Stults on the mound for the Padres. Ryan Doumit will start in his place and bat sixth for the Braves.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Teheran improved to 10-6 with a quality start against the Padres on Saturday, though it was far from his best effort this season. He struck out three and gave up nine hits and three runs in six innings. He did not issue a walk.
Impact: The 23-year-old Colombian native has only allowed nine or more hits four times in 22 starts this season. However, Teheran found a way to get the job done, and now leads Braves starters in wins, ERA (2.71), strikeouts (132), WHIP (1.04) and opposing batting average (.227).
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Atlanta recalled Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Impact: Gosselin, a Triple-A All-Star, was hitting .345 with five homers and 30 RBIs at Gwinnett. He was called up to Atlanta on July 13 but didn't have an at-bat and was returned to Gwinnett the same day. He had two hits in six at-bats in 2013.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Atlanta optioned Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Impact: Pastornicky had a brief stint as Atlanta's starting second baseman this season before assuming a utility role after rookie Tommy La Stella won the starting job. Pastornicky is hitting .200 with no homers and two RBIs in 28 games.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gosselin was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Impact: Aside from a one-day stint with the big club earlier this month, Gosselin has spent the entire year at Gwinnett, posting an impressive .344/.379/.487 batting line in 96 games. The Braves essentially swapped utility infielders, demoting Tyler Pastornicky to make room for Gosselin, but Gosselin can also help out in left field if need be.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schlosser was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.
Impact: As expected, Schlosser was sent right back down upon Anthony Varvaro's reinstatement from the paternity list. Schlosser has made 10 appearances out of the big league bullpen this season, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in 12 innings, and while he's started 13 games for Gwinnett, he may not get an opportunity to start for Atlanta.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varvaro was activated from the paternity list Friday.
Impact: Varvaro spent two days away from the team attending to the birth of his child, but he'll be back and available out of the bullpen for Friday's opener against San Diego. The right-hander has allowed just five baserunners in eight July appearances (7.1 innings), lowering his WHIP down to 1.04.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Freeman was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in a loss against the Padres on Friday night.
Impact: The Braves could manage only four hits, and Freeman had half of them, including his fourth triple of the year. He scored both Atlanta runs and inched his average up to .283 while continuing to be one of the more consistent cogs in an inconsistent Braves' offense.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wood allowed five runs (four earned) on 12 hits, walking one and striking out four over five innings of a 5-2 loss to the Padres on Friday night.
Impact: It was a frustrating evening for Wood (7-8, 3.44 ERA) as he allowed a career-high 12 hits - 11 of them singles - as the Padres played small-ball to build a five-run lead before he departed. He'll attempt to get back on course in his next start against the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pastornicky was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after Friday's game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: A corresponding move was not announced with Pastornicky's demotion, so it's likely that the Braves will call up a player from Gwinnett prior to Saturday's game to fill their vacant roster spot.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Harang was solid Thursday though he came away without a decision in a 3-2 loss to Miami, yielding two runs in seven innings.
Impact: Harang is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA over his last six starts.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Upton was 3 for 4 with his 23rd double in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Miami.
Impact: Upton is hitting .367 over his last 16 games with 11 runs scored and 10 driven in.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Floyd (elbow) is healing well thus far, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: He'll have another visit with doctors in four weeks, but Floyd is no longer sporting a brace on his healing elbow.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Venters (elbow) will resume throwing bullpen sessions during the Braves' upcoming road trip, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: There is still no set timetable for Venters' return, but he could potentially get back from the 60-day DL at some point in late August or September if he's able to progress through the final stage of his rehab without a hitch.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simmons is not in the lineup Thursday against the Marlins.
Impact: Simmons is just 3-for-23 over the past week and 1-for-15 in his career against Henderson Alvarez, so manager Fredi Gonzalez will turn to Ramiro Pena to man short in Thursday's series finale against Miami. Despite his recent rough stretch, Simmons is still batting .296 with 13 runs scored and 11 RBI this month, though Tommy La Stella seems to have supplanted him in the two-hole.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kimbrel took the loss against Miami on Thursday, allowing a run in the top of the ninth inning.
Impact: Kimbrel entered the game with the score tied at 2-2, but uncorked a couple of wild pitches before allowing an RBI single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Despite not looking as sharp as usual, Kimbrel has been fantastic again this season, converting 30 of 34 save chances while striking out 68 batters in 40.2 innings.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Harang did not record a decision in Thursday's start against Miami, but looked good, allowing just two runs and seven hits over seven innings. He issued two walks and struck out five.
Impact: Harang gave up a pair of runs in the fifth inning, but was otherwise strong. Since a nine-run dud on June 18, Harang has been more than effective in his last six starts, posting a 2.25 ERA during that span. His overall ERA sits at a tidy 3.31, although that might not last much longer with a suspect 1.37 WHIP. He'll face the Dodgers in Los Angeles in his next start.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Freeman hit his 14th home run of the season in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Marlins, ending a 27-game drought without one.
Impact: Freeman is still just 2 for 27 over his last seven games.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Heyward was 2 for 4 and scored a run in Wednesday's 6-1 victory against the Marlins.
Impact: Heyward is 19 for 47 (.404) with 10 RBIs over his last 12 contests.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Santana won for the fourth time in five starts in Wednesday's 6-1 victory, limiting Miami to a run over 7 1-3 innings while striking out 10.
Impact: Santana is 4-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his last five starts.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schlosser was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
Impact: Schlosser will likely just stick with the Braves for the next couple of days, with reliever Anthony Varvaro going on paternity leave but expected to return over the weekend. The 25-year-old Schlosser appeared in 10 games in relief with the Braves earlier in the season, going 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 0.91 WHIP.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varvaro was placed on the paternity list Wednesday.
Impact: Varvaro will be unavailable for no more than three games while he spends time with his newborn child. The Braves have recalled Gus Schlosser from Triple-A Gwinnett to bolster the bullpen while Varvaro is unavailable.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis is not in the lineup Wednesday vs. the Marlins.
Impact: The Braves will understandably give Gattis a rest after he started two games in a row immediately upon returning from the disabled list Monday. Though a variety of ailments have limited him to 65 games this season, he's been one of the most productive fantasy catchers on a per-game basis, racking up 16 homers and 39 RBI to go along with a .286 average in 231 at-bats.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Freeman went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run Wednesday in a 6-1 win over the Marlins.
Impact: Freeman's 14th homer of the season Wednesday was his first in almost a month (June 27). The first baseman is 2-for-27 (.074) over the last seven games, bringing his season slash line to .284/.375/.479 in 448 plate appearances.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santana picked up his ninth win of the season Wednesday, allowing one run on six hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts in 7.1 innings against the Marlins.
Impact: Santana's 10 strikeouts were his most in a game since he fanned 11 in Philadelphia on April 14. The veteran right-hander moves to 9-6 with a 3.87 ERA and a 107:37 K:BB ratio over 123.1 innings. Santana takes the hill again Monday versus the Padres.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Heyward was 2 for 4 with three RBIs in a 6-5 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.
Impact: Heyward is 17 for 43 (.395) over his last 11 games with 10 RBIs.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Upton hit his 18th homer of the season in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to Miami.
Impact: It marked Upton's first homer in 13 games, though he's been hitting well lately, going 17 for 49 (.347) over his last 12 games.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Minor struggled Tuesday, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out just one in three innings against the Marlins.
Impact: With his pitch count at 67 and the Braves in a hole early, Minor's night was done after recording just nine outs. He's been either far more hittable, or far less fortunate this season, coming into play with a .343 BABIP, well above his career .296 mark. Giving up hits was once again the theme Tuesday, but hopefully Minor's luck will turn in his next outing Sunday at home against the Padres.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Teheran matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts in Monday's 3-1, 10-inning loss to Miami.
Impact: Teheran yielded one run and four hits over seven innings. He's compiled a 0.80 ERA over his last six home starts.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: La Stella will bat second in the order Monday night against the Marlins.
Impact: La Stella will hit in the two-spot for the first time since June 26, as Andrelton Simmons had occupied that position in the lineup for the last 16 games. Simmons is just 1-for-14 over his last four contests, however, so manager Fredi Gonzalez will shake things up by allowing La Stella to follow B.J. Upton atop the lineup. The 25-year-old La Stella has certainly helped his case by batting .327 in the month of July.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis will start at catcher and bat sixth in the order Monday against the Marlins.
Impact: Gattis was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, and the Braves will waste no time getting him into the starting lineup. They may ease him back into action at first, but look for Gattis to be the full-time catcher moving forward.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simmons will bat eighth in the order Monday against the Marlins.
Impact: Simmons has hit in the two-spot for the Braves in 16 straight contests, but it looks as if Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will shake things up for Monday night's tilt. He's just 1-for-14 at the dish over his last four games, which may have had something to do with the switch. Tommy La Stella will follow B.J. Upon on Monday in his place.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Upton (triceps) is back in the lineup Monday against the Marlins.
Impact: Upton left Sunday's game when his triceps tightened up after getting hit by a Kyle Kendrick pitch. He appears to be over the minor ailment, and will resume his regular role in left field.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Teheran pitched well in a no-decision Monday, holding the Marlins to one run in seven innings.
Impact: Teheran struck out a season-high 11 in the outing. It was a nice return to form for the young righty, who had allowed nine runs over his past two starts. He'll look try again for his 10th win of the season this weekend against San Diego.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Wood improved to 7-7 overall on Sunday. He allowed three hits and one run with eight strikeouts in six innings to win for the first time four starts.
Impact: 'Woody', who returned to Atlanta's rotation on June 25 after pitching nearly seven weeks in relief, improved to 4-6 with a 2.95 ERA in 12 starts this year.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson hit a two-run homer to back Alex Wood to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Sunday.
Impact: Johnson is 9 for 20 with four jacks and 10 RBIs in his last five games so ride him until he cools off.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: La Stella drove in three runs to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Sunday.
Impact: La Stella leads the NL at .295 with two strikes and figures to be a star in the making with that kind of plate discipline.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bethancourt was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
Impact: Bethancourt went 12-for-50 at this dish while serving as Evan Gattis' primary replacement, but will return to the minors in order to see consistent reps. Gerald Laird will instead take on catching duties when Gattis needs a day off.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis (back) will be activated from the 15-day DL prior to Monday's game against the Marlins.
Impact: Gattis was fully expected to be activated Monday, so the move comes as no surprise. He'll return to full-time catching duties, as Christian Bethancourt was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move. Gerald Laird will continue to serve as Gattis' primary backup.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Upton is suffering from triceps tightness.
Impact: Upton was removed Sunday due to this issue.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: La Stella went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in Sunday's 8-2 victory over the Phillies.
Impact: La Stella just continues to produce as the Braves' everyday man at the keystone and has been especially strong at the plate during the last few weeks. Since July 4, a span of 13 games, the 25-year-old rookie has put up an impressive .407 OBP to go with five doubles and seven RBI across 54 plate appearances.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wood was dominant across six innings versus the Phillies on Sunday afternoon, allowing just one run on three hits while racking up eight strikeouts en route to his seventh victory of the season.
Impact: Wood was not at top form nine days ago in his final effort leading into the All-Star break, but clearly got the second half started off on a high note. The young lefty re-entered the Braves' rotation on June 25 and has since produced mostly strong results over five starts. During that span, Wood is 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 7.8 K/9. He is scheduled to be back atop the mound Friday versus the Padres.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis (back) is expected to come off the DL and start Monday's game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.
Impact: Look for him to get activated from the 15-day DL prior to Monday's contest, which will make him a must-start in weekly leagues. He has been sidelined since June 28 with a back injury, but he is still tied with Devin Mesoraco for the MLB lead in homers by a catcher with 16.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Upton left Sunday's game because his triceps tightened after getting hit by a pitch, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports.
Impact: Upton was hit by Kyle Kendrick midway through Sunday's game and was replaced by Jordan Schafer. He's day-to-day for now, but don't be surprised if he misses a game or two early in the week.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Harang did not get a decision Saturday despite outstanding work.
Impact: Harang pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The right-hander, who had won his last four starts, has a 2.18 ERA in his past five outings.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Harang pitched well in a no-decision against the Phillies on Saturday, tossing six scoreless innings and striking out five while allowing five hits and three walks.
Impact: Harang had won his last four starts, and he pitched well enough to win this one as well. In his last five outings, he has a 2.18 ERA.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Venters (elbow) has resumed light throwing, but remains without a timetable for his return, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Impact: Venters, who underwent his second Tommy John surgery in May of 2013, received a platelet-rich plasma injection a month ago. He remains in the earliest stage of a throwing program, but the fact that he's been able to play light catch on three straight days is encouraging. Venters will continue to see how his elbow responds, while gradually ramping up the intensity of his program. A mid-to-late-August return remains plausible, but he'll have to avoid any setbacks -- something he's been unable to do so far in his recovery.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bethancourt is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Impact: Bethancourt has started five of the last six games for the Braves, but will give way to Gerald Laird for the Sunday afternoon tilt. Laird will likely remain the primary backup once Evan Gattis (back) returns from the DL, so Bethancourt's reps may soon be nearing an end -- although Gattis remains without a timetable for return at the moment.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Kimbrel became the first fantasy closer to reach 30 saves Friday.
Impact: Kimbrel is heating up by converting nine straight saves and he could be the best fantasy closer in the game today.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Atlanta Braves have purchased the contract of left-hander Chasen Shreve from Double-A Mississippi.
Impact: In 54 1-3 innings at Mississippi, Shreve went 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA, seven saves, nine walks and 76 strikeouts.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Atlanta Braves have optioned struggling relief pitcher Luis Avilan to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Impact: Avilan had a 1.69 ERA in 101 innings of relief over the previous two seasons, but he's given up 15 earned runs in 11 innings with runners in scoring position this year. Opponents are hitting .293 against the left-hander. Avilan, 25, is 3-1 with a 4.85 ERA in 48 games. He has allowed 15 walks and 34 hits in 29 2-3 innings.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis (back) caught five innings without incident in Friday's rehab game with Triple-A Gwinnett, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Gattis is expected to play two more rehab games, with the hope that he'll be activated from the disabled list for Monday's contest against the Marlins. According to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, the final decision will likely be made Sunday afternoon.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Santana gave up six hits, three walks and four runs - three earned - in six innings to win for the third time in four starts Friday.
Impact: Santana faces NL East rival Miami in his next outing. He has a career 5.61 ERA against the Marlins so beware. On the bright side, he has baffled slugger Giancarlo Stanton so that's good news.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The sizzling Heyward hit a solo homer Friday.
Impact: Heyward had two hits and is 14 for 34 in an eight-game streak. He is red hot.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avilan was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Impact: Avilan has looked nothing like the pitcher who finished third in the NL in holds in 2013, as he's struggled to the tune of a 4.85 ERA and 1.65 WHIP this season. Opposing lefties are hitting .277/.342/.385 against him (.144/.219/.163 last year), so the Braves will attempt to get him back on track with a stint at Gwinnett. Chasen Shreve was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pastornicky was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.
Impact: Dan Uggla's tenure with the Braves came to a merciful end Friday, and Pastornicky will be up to take his spot on the active roster. Tommy La Stella seems to be locked in at second base, however, so Pastornicky's playing time will likely be limited. Moreover, Pastornicky was placed on the DL at Gwinnett just earlier this month with knee inflammation, so he may be limited physically immediately upon his return to the big club.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI and a couple of runs scored in Friday's win over the Phillies.
Impact: Heyward entered the All-Star break swinging a hot bat and kept things going Friday night, as the time off seems to have done very little to disrupt his rhythm. The 24-year-old outfielder now has four straight multi-hit efforts to his credit, going 8-for-17 with three doubles and a homer.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kimbrel notched two strikeouts while retiring the side in order en route to his 30th save of the season in Friday's win over the Phillies.
Impact: Fresh off of his fourth consecutive trip to the Midsummer Classic, Kimbrel became the first closer in the bigs to reach the 30-save threshold this season with Friday's effort versus the Phillies. The 26-year-old flamethrower has blown four chances so far on the campaign, but has otherwise been as dominant as any reliever in the game.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Santana worked six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out just one in Friday's 6-4 win over the Phillies.
Impact: Santana was certainly not great in this outing, but found a way to kick off the second half with his eighth victory of the season. Santana has been a mostly solid middle-of-the-rotation starter for the Braves so far in 2014 and will be in search of another quality effort Wednesday versus the Marlins.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he is hopeful Gattis (back) will be able to return Monday against the Marlins, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: The plan is for Gattis to remain on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett through the weekend, and if all goes well, he could be back for Monday's series opener against Miami. Gonzalez said previously that Christian Bethancourt will likely head back down upon Gattis' activation.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis (back) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, but he made it through the game pain-free, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Gattis admitted that it will take a little while to get his timing back after a nearly three-week layoff, but the 27-year-old expressed encouragement with how he felt. The bulging thoracic disk did not present any problems while swinging, and he added that neither crouching behind the dish nor throwing bothered his back. He wasn't sure if he would catch or DH in his next rehab game, but regardless, he appears on track to return to the Braves at some point next week.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Gattis made it through another round of batting practice with Low-A Rome on Wednesday and thus cleared the final hurdle necessary to return to active competition. The 27-year-old was cleared to swing a bat just a week ago, but the decision to send him to Gwinnett suggests his rehab stint may be a relatively short one, with a return to the Braves early next week within the realm of possibility.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gattis (back) could be cleared to play in a rehab game Thursday with Triple-A Gwinnett if he makes it through batting practice Wednesday with Low-A Rome, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Impact: This would be an excellent turn of events, as Gwinnett would be his last stop on a rehab assignment, meaning he could be back with Atlanta early next week. Prior to the back injury, Gattis eclipsed all expectations for his second season with the Braves, slashing .290/.342/.558 with 16 home runs in 63 games.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson had another huge game in Sunday's 10-7 road win over the Cubs.
Impact: Johnson went 5 for 9 with three homers, seven RBIs and five runs over the last two days.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Minor hit his second career home run, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Chicago Cubs 11-6 on Saturday.
Impact: Minor (3-5, 4.86 ERA) also earned his first win in 10 starts since May 19 despite allowing six runs and 11 hits in six innings. He improved to 6-0 in six career starts against the Cubs.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Simmons had three hits and drove in a run in an 11-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Impact: Simmons, now batting .267, is 18 for 46 (.391) with eight RBIs in his 11 games this month. He has multiple hits in eight of those contests.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Upton drove in a season-high four runs in a 11-6 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Impact: Upton, batting .275, also had two hits for fifth time in eight games. He's 10 for 32 (.313) with eight RBIs during that stretch.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson homered twice to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Chicago Cubs 11-6 on Saturday.
Impact: Johnson also drove in a season-high four runs after going 3 for 28 (.107) with one RBI in his previous seven games.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: The Atlanta Braves promoted Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Impact: The infielder has hit .345 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 88 games with Gwinnett.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Freeman drove in two runs in Friday's loss at Wrigley Field.
Impact: Freeman is batting .375 with 15 RBIs in his last 15 games.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Harang allowed one run over seven innings to win 3-1 at the New York Mets on Thursday.
Impact: Harang has now won four straight starts behind a 2.57 ERA. He's struck out just 12 over 28 innings during his winnings streak, though.