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Atlanta Braves Trade Derek Lowe to Cleveland Indians
October 31st, 2011 at 9:18 PM
Frank Wren wasted no time in making his first move of the offseason. The Atlanta Braves traded starting pitcher Derek Lowe to the Cleveland Indians on Monday. The Braves will also pay $10 million of Lowe's $15 million salary in the 2012 season. The Braves received Single-A left-handed pitcher Chris...

Atlanta Braves Hire New Minor League Coaches
October 18th, 2011 at 11:28 PM
The Atlanta Braves made several new additions and adjustments to the minor league coaching staff on Tuesday. The Braves hired Don Long, former Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach, as the minor league hitting coordinator. Long served as the Pirates' hitting coach from 2008-2010 after working for the Philadelphia Phillies for eight seasons...

Atlanta Braves Release Official 2012 Schedule
October 16th, 2011 at 11:49 PM
The Atlanta Braves have officially released their 2012 season schedule, one that is sure to scratch some heads and provide excitement. ***PHOTO1***  The Braves will begin the season on April 5 in a road series against the New York Mets and will not have their home opener until April 13 in a series...

Atlanta Braves to Interview Former Chicago White Sox Hitting Coach
October 10th, 2011 at 11:47 PM
The Atlanta Braves will interview former Chicago White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker during the next week. Walker, who served as the White Sox hitting coach for 8 1/2 seasons following his promotion from Triple-A Charlotte in 2003, resigned from his position after the 2011 season. Walker drew heavy criticism for...

Legendary Atlanta Braves Broadcaster Skip Caray is Finalist for Ford C. Frick Award
October 6th, 2011 at 11:10 PM
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced the ten finalists for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award on Wednesday. Among the finalists for the prestigious award, given every year for excellence in baseball broadcasting, is legendary Atlanta Braves broadcaster Skip Caray. Caray, father of current Braves broadcaster Chip Caray...

Frank Wren Provides Insight on Futures of Jason Heyward and Derek Lowe
October 1st, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Jason Heyward and Derek Lowe, both of whom were supposed to be key cogs in the lineup and rotation, each had very forgettable seasons. Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren was very forthright when discussing their futures. One year after finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting, it was...

Peter Moylan Faces Shoulder Surgery, George Sherrill Returns from Injury
September 27th, 2011 at 6:29 PM
Atlanta Braves reliever Peter Moylan will have surgery to repair a torn labrum and a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. A second opinion from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews confirmed the original diagnosis. The surgery will likely sideline Moylan for four to six months, but an official timetable...

Chipper Jones Excused from Atlanta Braves for Son’s Surgery
September 21st, 2011 at 8:07 PM
Chipper Jones returned to Atlanta on Wednesday for a non-emergency surgery for one of his sons, ajc.com reports. Though the Atlanta Braves divulged no details, Fredi Gonzalez did say that the absence had been preapproved a couple of weeks ago, resulting in Martin Prado moving to third base and Jose Constanza...

Tommy Hanson Pitches in Simulated Game, Nears Possible Return
September 20th, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Tommy Hanson pitched two pain-free innings in a simulated game on Monday and moved closer to a possible return to the Atlanta Braves' rotation. After previously throwing bullpen sessions without issue, Hanson took a big step by pitching in his first simulated game at the Braves' Spring Training complex in...

Tommy Hanson Hopeful About Possible Return After Successful Bullpen Session
September 14th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson threw a pain-free bullpen session Wednesday morning and came away very encouraged. Hanson, who has been sidelined with shoulder tendonitis since August 6, threw 20 pitches off the mound to begin the session. After a short break, he came back to throw 24 more pitches. "My...

Atlanta Braves Director of Player Development Kurt Kemp Steps Down
September 3rd, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Kurt Kemp, the Atlanta Braves director of player development, stepped down on Friday to pursue other baseball opportunities. Kemp began his Braves career as an area scout in 1998, a position he held for four years. He then spent five years as a cross-checker and has served as director of...

Jair Jurrjens to See Knee Specialist; Tommy Hanson Rehab Progresses
September 3rd, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Tommy Hanson, who has not pitched since August 6 in New York, threw in the outfield at Turner Field for about 10 minutes before the Atlanta Braves played the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Hanson was informed on Monday by Dr. James Andrews that the discomfort he has been experiencing in...

Atlanta Braves Add Infield Depth with Trade for Jack Wilson
September 1st, 2011 at 9:00 PM
After being silent on the trade front during the entire waiver period, it was reasonable to assume the Atlanta Braves were done after they traded for Matt Diaz. However, Frank Wren showed a sense of urgency and a commitment to winning this year by trading for Jack Wilson from the...

Atlanta Braves Trade for Matt Diaz in Waiver Deadline Deal
August 31st, 2011 at 10:46 PM
The "hittin' fool" is coming home. Matt Diaz, who spent the previous five seasons with the Atlanta Braves, rejoined his former team after the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Diaz to the Braves for a player to be named later. The Braves were looking for a right-handed hitting bench player to complement Eric...

Atlanta Braves, New York Mets Postpone Final Two Games of Series Due to Hurricane Irene
August 26th, 2011 at 4:45 PM
As Hurricane Irene plows her way up the East Coast, the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets have postponed Saturday and Sunday's games at Citi Field. The games will be made up on Sept. 8 in the form of  doubleheader, with the Braves utilizing the off day between a series with...

Atlanta Braves Sign Wes Helms to Minor League Deal
August 17th, 2011 at 10:55 PM
The Atlanta Braves signed former Florida Marlin Wes Helms to a minor league contract on Wednesday. The Braves have been searching for a right-handed bat off the bench to complement lefty Eric Hinske. Helms, who debuted for the Braves in 1998 and played in Atlanta until being traded to the...

Atlanta Braves Legendary Broadcaster Ernie Johnson Passes Away
August 13th, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Former Atlanta Braves broadcaster Ernie Johnson Sr. passed away Friday night at the age of 87. Johnson's health had been declining for years, and he had recently been moved to a hospice. He is survived by his wife Lois and their three children. Johnson was a broadcaster for the Braves from...

Atlanta Braves Release Scott Proctor, Promote Arodys Vizcaino from Triple-A
August 12th, 2011 at 12:04 AM
The Scott Proctor era has come to an end. The Atlanta Braves released Proctor Wednesday morning and called up pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino from Triple-A Gwinnett. Proctor was 2-3 with a 6.44 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. His struggles were really apparent after the All Star Break, when he had...

Jason Heyward Out of Lineup for Second Straight Game
August 3rd, 2011 at 2:00 PM
With Jason Heyward's struggles against left-handed pitching this season, it was no surprise to see him out of the lineup with a lefty on the mound for Tuesday night's game against the Washington Nationals. However, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez chose to sit Heyward for the second straight game for...

Five Atlanta Braves Make 2011 All-Star Team
July 11th, 2011 at 12:44 PM
A strong first half that currently has the Atlanta Braves sitting in second place in the NL East, 3.5 games behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies, is due in large part to the stellar pitching staff that had led the Braves to a 54-38 record. Atlanta's pitching staff, second in the...