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Mike Minor Clarifies “Trade” Request Quote
February 24th, 2012 at 9:02 PM
Atlanta Braves lefty Mike Minor made sure his teammates and manager did not think he was trying to work his way out of town on Friday, clarifying statements he made to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution on Thursday. ***PHOTO1*** The AJC quoted Minor on Thursday as saying, "If they don't have room for me here,...

Tommy Hanson Rides Stationary Bike as Concussion Symptoms Subside
February 24th, 2012 at 8:54 PM
Tommy Hanson rode a stationary bike for about 10 minutes and said he felt fine on Friday, Mark Bowman reports. ***PHOTO1*** Fredi Gonzalez said Hanson's activity levels will gradually increase over the next few days, but it will still probably be Monday when Hanson returns to the field. Bowman also reports that while...

Jack Wilson Strains Calf, Out 4-6 Weeks
February 24th, 2012 at 7:50 PM
Atlanta Braves shortstop Jack Wilson will be out four to six weeks and will likely miss the first two weeks of the regular season after he strained his calf while working out with Tyler Pastornicky in California. ***PHOTO1*** Wilson, who was using crutches Friday at camp in Florida, strained his calf while...

Randall Delgado, Julio Teheran not Options for Bullpen
February 23rd, 2012 at 8:18 AM
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said a few weeks ago that pitching prospects Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran could begin the season in the bullpen. He has changed his tune on that statement. ***PHOTO1*** Gonzalez said the pitchers need to be starting somewhere, whether it was on the big league club or...

Jose Constanza to Compete for Final Bench Spot
February 23rd, 2012 at 7:57 AM
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told mlb.com yesterday that Jose Constanza will contend for the final bench spot in Spring Training. ***PHOTO1*** Constanza's speed would give the Braves a legitimate backup to Michael Bourn in center field. "He did enough last year that he deserves to get not [just] a look, but an opportunity,”...

Tommy Hanson Diagnosed with Mild Concussion
February 21st, 2012 at 7:46 PM
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson has been diagnosed with a mild concussion after his one-car accident on Monday. He is not expected to miss much time. ***PHOTO1*** Hanson was diagnosed with a Grade 1 concussion, the least severe possible, and will be evaluated after resting for 48 hours. He will ease...

Kris Medlen Likely to Start Season in Bullpen
February 20th, 2012 at 8:28 PM
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Monday that Kris Medlen will be worked like a starting pitcher this spring, but that he will likely start the season in the bullpen. ***PHOTO1*** Gonzalez said that though Medlen prefers to start, his versatility and ability to pitch in long relief will garner him a...

Jason Heyward Looks to Rebound in 2012
February 19th, 2012 at 9:03 PM
Jason Heyward may have struggled in his second year in the big leagues, but the Atlanta Braves right fielder has worked hard over the offseason to put that all behind him. ***PHOTO1*** Heyward stayed late on the main field at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex after his teammates had left...

Tim Hudson, Peter Moylan Showing Patience in Rehab
February 19th, 2012 at 8:21 PM
Atlanta Braves pitchers Tim Hudson and Peter Moylan are both attempting to return from surgeries within the past few months, but neither will be rushing onto the field. ***PHOTO1*** Hudson, who finally underwent a spinal fusion surgery on Nov. 28 that he had been putting off, reported to Spring Training with the...

Atlanta Braves not in Contract Talks with Brian McCann, Will Probably Wait Until Offseason
February 17th, 2012 at 7:55 PM
As we reported previously, Brian McCann is not currently worried about getting a contract extension. It seems the Atlanta Braves are not worried either. ***PHOTO1*** In fact, the Braves and McCann have yet to being any kind of negotiation for a contract extension, Dave O'Brien reports. McCann is entering the final year of...

Brian McCann not Concerned with Contract Status
February 15th, 2012 at 9:29 PM
The Atlanta Braves have Brian McCann under contract through the rest of this year with a team option for 2013, but McCann is not concerning himself with what lies beyond, Dave O'Brien tweeted today. ***PHOTO1*** With the production McCann has provided since his debut in 2005, one figures the Braves will exercise...

Tommy Hanson to Enter Spring Training with New Delivery
February 13th, 2012 at 8:28 PM
In order to alleviate stress on his shoulder and keep base stealers a little more honest, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson has altered his pitching delivery this offseason, reports mlb.com. ***PHOTO1*** Braves minor league physical therapist Troy Jones initially suggested the change to Hanson when rehabbing Hanson's worn and torn shoulder....

Candidates for the Atlanta Braves’ Fifth Starting Pitcher: Mike Minor
February 12th, 2012 at 8:14 PM
The Atlanta Braves have upwards of four starting pitchers who could potentially take the fifth spot in the starting rotation behind Tim Hudson, Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson and Brandon Beachy. In terms of Major League experience, the current favorite may be Mike Minor. ***PHOTO1*** Minor, the Braves' first round draft pick in...

A Look at the Atlanta Braves’ Front Four in the Rotation
February 11th, 2012 at 9:51 PM
It is no secret that the Atlanta Braves are loaded with pitching talent. While the myriad options provide the Braves with all kinds of flexibility in the rotation, the problem surfaces in finding spots for all of them. With general manager Frank Wren indicating the dwindling likelihood of the club...

Tyler Pastornicky Will Bring Hustle to Atlanta Braves
February 10th, 2012 at 4:03 PM
There may be myriad questions revolving around Tyler Pastornicky as he enters Spring Training penciled in as the Opening Day shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, but mlb.com's Mark Bowman says the one thing that cannot be questioned is Pastornicky's hustle. Drawing a comparison to Dan Uggla and Matt Diaz, two other...

Tommy Hanson Looks to Healthy Start at Spring Training
February 7th, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Tommy Hanson missed almost all of the last two months of the 2011 season that saw the Atlanta Braves complete one of the biggest collapses in history, but anticipates being at full strength when Spring Training begins. ***PHOTO1*** Hanson was sidelined with shoulder pain for the rest of the season after his...

Atlanta Braves’ Starting Pitching Depth Alleviates Injury Concerns
February 5th, 2012 at 12:24 AM
With the 2012 season approaching, the Atlanta Braves find themselves in a precarious position. After a monumental collapse in September to close out the 2011 season, Braves fans wanted major moves this offseason. Other than a trade of Derek Lowe to clear some salary, the Braves stood pat while others...

Chipper Jones Tired of Retirement Talk, May Play Past 2012
January 31st, 2012 at 9:49 PM
Chipper Jones may turn 40 in April, but he says his last season may be sometime after 2012. He also wants people to stop talking about when he will retire. ***PHOTO1*** Jones will enter his 19th season Major League season, all with the Atlanta Braves, but he strongly indicated that even though...

Atlanta Braves Open Voluntary Pitching Camp
January 30th, 2012 at 9:58 PM
On Monday, the Atlanta Braves opened up a two-week voluntary pitching camp a Turner Field. ***PHOTO1*** Pitching coach Roger McDowell welcomed back seven pitchers to the camp and says the early start to the season is needed to put last year's collapse in the past. “The calendar turned over to 2012, and so...

Tyler Pastornicky Says He is Ready to Be in the Majors
January 29th, 2012 at 1:39 AM
Four months ago, Atlanta Braves rookie Tyler Pastornicky said he did not think he was ready for a promotion to the big leagues. Now he has other ideas. ""I'm definately ready," Pastornicky said. "I've still got a lot of hard work to do. Im confident. I think I'm ready to do...