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Jose Constanza Arrives at Atlanta Braves Camp, May not Make Roster
March 15th, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Jose Constanza has finally arrived at Atlanta Braves camp a month after everyone else, and he is in legitimate danger of not making the big league roster. Constanza didn't receive his visa from the Domincan Republic until last week because of new, stricter policies put in place by the Caribbean nation....

Kris Medlen Leaves Game Early After Being Hit by Comebacker
March 14th, 2013 at 8:59 AM
The Atlanta Braves got quite a scare Wednesday afternoon in their Grapefruit League win over the Miami Marlins when Kris Medlen left the game after being hit by a line drive. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Medlen will make his next scheduled start. With two down in the fifth inning, former Brave Casey...

Eric O’Flaherty Painless in Live Batting Practice Session
March 10th, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Atlanta Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty moved a step closer to making his 2013 Grapefruit League debut Sunday when he  threw a five-minute live batting practice session with no pain in his groin. O'Flaherty strained his left groin during the first week of Spring Training, causing him to miss all game action...

Jordan Walden Has Bulging Disc, Eric O’Flaherty Nearly Recovered
March 8th, 2013 at 8:36 AM
The Atlanta Braves have shut down Eric O'Flaherty and Jordan Walden the last couple of weeks and will continue to monitor them for the foreseeable future as they recover from back and groin problems that have plagued them all spring. O'Flaherty pulled his groin nearly a month ago when he only had...

With Jose Constanza Absent from Atlanta Braves, Jordan Schafer Making Strong Case for Last Bench Spot
March 7th, 2013 at 8:50 AM
Jordan Schafer very well could claim the final bench spot when the Atlanta Braves begin their 2013 season. He's turned out nothing but a strong performance so far, and Jose Constanza is still stuck in the Domincan Republic, making it almost a sure thing at this point. Schafer walked twice, doubled and...

Dan Uggla Hit in Neck by Pitch
March 6th, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Dan Uggla just saw his Spring Training get a little worse Tuesday afternoon. The Atlanta Braves second baseman was hit in the neck by a fastball thrown by New York Yankees pitching prospect Branden Pinder in the sixth inning of the Braves' 2-0 win. Uggla managed to stay on his feet...

Dan Uggla Must Step up Production for Atlanta Braves
March 5th, 2013 at 8:56 AM
The Atlanta Braves must send a very clear message this year: Dan Uggla cannot have another year like his 2011 and 2012 seasons. He doesn't even need to replicate his 2010 season in which he hit .287; he just needs to be consistent. The warning signs should be going off in...

B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla Hit First Homers in Atlanta Braves Win Over Detroit Tigers
March 3rd, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Coming from polar opposite ends of production, B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla each hit their first homers of the spring as the Atlanta Braves coasted to a 6-1 over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at Champion Stadium. Upton hit his homer - his first in an Atlanta uniform - in the...

Brian McCann Takes Batting Practice for First Time in 2013
March 1st, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann took batting practice for the first time this year on Thursday. On the road to recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, McCann was content with his progress. "It was nice to get back in there and see something coming at you," McCann said on braves.com. "I'm on...

Eric O’Flaherty Out Until Next Week with Sore Back
February 27th, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Eric O'Flaherty has been battling a sore back, and the Atlanta Braves plan on holding him out of Grapefruit League play until next week, braves.com reports. The Braves note that he will still have about as much time as usual, because the World Baseball Classic pushed the start of Spring Training...

Dan Uggla Looks to Put Ugly 2012 Behind Him
February 26th, 2013 at 11:23 PM
  Dan Uggla showed up to Lake Buena Vista a few pounds lighter than usual, but the Atlanta Braves second baseman insists the reaction has been blown out of proportion. Uggla has generally stayed around 215 pounds, enormous biceps and all, but reported to Spring Training at 208 pounds. “It’s not as significant as people make...

Jason Heyward, Justin Upton Hit Back-to-back Homers in First Atlanta Braves Spring Training Win
February 25th, 2013 at 8:02 PM
The Atlanta Braves showed off their new-look outfield's capabilities Monday afternoon when Jason Heyward and Justin Upton hit back-to-back homers in their 7-6 win over the Miami Marlins. The win was their first of Spring Training. Heyward led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a homer to right field...

Jonny Venters Shaky in Spring Training Debut
February 24th, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Atlanta Braves fans can only hope the effort Jonny Venters put forth in his Spring Training debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates is not a sign of his impending 2013 season. He gave up three hits and a two-run homer in his inning of work Sunday afternoon. The damage came after Clint Barmes...

Andrelton Simmons Leaves Atlanta Braves Camp for World Baseball Classic
February 23rd, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Spring Training on Saturday to join his Netherlands national team in Taiwan for the World Baseball Classic. He will be in Asia at least until March 7, braves.com reports. The journey will take a solid 20 hours, and Simmons is mainly hopeful to regulate his...

Dale Murphy to Coach First Base for Team USA in World Baseball Classic
February 23rd, 2013 at 8:40 PM
Atlanta Braves fan favorite Dale Murphy will serve as Team USA's first base coach in the World Baseball Classic, braves.com reports. The 56-year-old Murphy, whose no. 3 jersey is retired by the Braves, will serve under former Braves and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, who managed Murph in the early...

Atlanta Braves Start Spring Training Games Against Detroit Tigers
February 22nd, 2013 at 9:20 AM
Professional baseball is finally back. The Atlanta Braves will host the Detroit Tigers today at 1:05 p.m. at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in the Grapefruit League opener, and it's not a moment too soon. "After a certain amount of time, you want to see somebody with a different-colored...

Atlanta Braves to Alternate Starts in Third Base Competition
February 21st, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson will compete in Spring Training to see who will fill the next Atlanta Braves third baseman. Manager Fredi Gonzalez will alternate the pair's stats every day in an even bout to determine the starter, braves.com reports. The Braves could end up platooning Johnson and Francisco if...

Atlanta Braves Pressure Christian Bethancourt to Improve Offense
February 20th, 2013 at 10:20 PM
At 21-years-old, the Atlanta Braves need catching prospect Christian Bethancourt to step up his game with his bat, and they're not handling this situation behind closed doors. Bethancourt is renowned for having a cannon of an arm, but as a potential replacement for Brian McCann should he leave via free agency...

Freddie Freeman Hopes to Stay Healthy Through 2013
February 18th, 2013 at 5:25 PM
Freddie Freeman arrived at Spring Training with the comfort of knowing that he was definitely entering the 2013 season healthy. After struggling through the final four months of 2012, Freeman believes he can truly live up to his potential with the Atlanta Braves. Freeman says that when he starting hitting with...

Brian McCann’s Shoulder Rehabilitation is Progressing Well
February 17th, 2013 at 7:35 PM
Brian McCann still probably won't play until mid-April, but Atlanta Braves orthopedic surgeon Dr. Xavier Duralde gave him a good report on his surgically repaired right shoulder Saturday, braves.com reports. McCann had been restricted to hitting off a tee recently, but he was finally cleared to hit soft toss on his long...