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Atlanta Braves Fire GM Frank Wren

September 22nd, 2014 at 11:22 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves have fired general manager Frank Wren, the team announced on Twitter today.

The move comes a day after the Braves were swept by the New York Mets to put them three games under .500 and eliminated them from playoff contention. John Hart has been named interim GM but is not expected to take the job permanently.

Atlanta has sputtered to a 4-14 record in September after entering the month just 1 1/2 games out of the Wild Card race. The Braves have hit a major-league worst .202 and scored just 40 runs over the span, punctuating Wren's failed free agent signings ending with B.J. Upton but also including Dan Uggla, Derek Lowe and Kenshin Kawakami.

Wren's assistant, John Coppolella, appears to the front runner to replace Wren.

For the time being, it seems manager Fredi Gonzalez will still be back for 2015, but rumblings continue of other impending moves, including the potential axing of hitting coaches Greg Walker and Scott Fletcher.

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Philadelphia Phillies No-hit Atlanta Braves: Video

September 2nd, 2014 at 9:47 AM
By Cody Fields

Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies combined to no-hit the Atlanta Braves on Monday, highlighting the Braves' offensive woes this season. Even with five walks, they struck out 12 times in a 7-0 loss.

Jonathan Papelbon finished the game with a perfect ninth, but Hamels continued his dominance over Atlanta with seven strikeouts over six innings, despite walking five batters and hitting one with a pitch.

Fredi Gonzalez also took some heat from fans in the bottom of the ninth when he pinch-hit Jose Constanza for Justin Upton. Upton has struck out in five of his last 11 at-bats and didn't argue over the decision.

The Braves have scored one run in their last 27 innings but have somehow managed to stay 1.5 games out of the Wild Card.

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Jonny Venters Needs a Third Tommy John Surgery

August 29th, 2014 at 3:41 PM
By Cody Fields

When the Atlanta Braves shut down Jonny Venters in his second Tommy John rehab earlier this week, it seemed reasonable to fear the worst. Those fears were confirmed for Venters, who was diagnosed with a torn UCL again and faces his third Tommy John surgery.

Venters already had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and missed all of 2013 due to the same procedure. He had yet to pitch for the Braves this season, but he had recently been traveling with the team and was schedule to throw off a mound later this month.

"You hate for players to get hurt," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said on braves.com. "[Venters] is a young guy. He's not even 30 years old. It happens all the time. But when it happens to one of your guys you feel bad for him."

Though rare, there actually have been a few pitchers bounce back from a third Tommy John surgery, namely Jason Isringhausen and Jose Rijo.

Venters' agent BB Abbott said his client is "collecting information and weighing alternatives" in regards to the situation.

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Atlanta Braves Shut Down Jonny Venters’ Tommy John Rehab

August 27th, 2014 at 9:23 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves have officially shut the door on any comeback attempt this season on reliever Jonny Venters, who has been experiencing elbow discomfort during Tommy John rehab, braves.com reports.

Venters had his second Tommy John surgery last year and has been battling elbow pain for the last month. He ended a bullpen session early last week.

"Maybe the second time around, it just takes a little longer," Fredi Gonzalez said. "I told him to just keep plugging away."

The Braves have sent Venters to see the dreaded Dr. James Andrews, who performed Venters' Tommy John surgery in 2005 and last year.

Venters placed second in relief appearances from 2010-12 with 230.

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David Carpenter Ejected Protecting Gerald Laird in Dustup Between Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies: Video

June 12th, 2014 at 9:59 PM
By Cody Fields

David Carpenter was ejected from the Atlanta Braves' 10-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday after hitting Corey Dickerson with a pitch.

The incident occurred just one pitch after Dickerson caught Gerald Laird under the mask with a long follow through, resulting in Laird's early exit. Carpenter looked surprised to have been tossed and maintained his innocence in the situation.

"If you look at his at-bats the whole series, the ball has been out over the plate and he's hammered them pretty good," Carpenter said on braves.com. "So we were going to try to pound him in there. He took a decent hack at the one fastball I threw in there. It cut in on him a little bit. I threw a slider, he fouled it off. I just tried to run another fastball in. It ended up cutting on me and caught him."

Rockies manager Walt Weiss was also tossed, reportedly yelling at the Braves that the Rockies "owe you two," supposedly also figuring in Julio Teheran beaning Josh Rutledge in the head Wednesday.

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