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MRI Shows Jason Heyward Will not Require Surgery
October 11th, 2011 at 11:16 PM
While gaining distance from a severe sophomore slump, an MRI revealed that Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward had no structural damage in his troublesome right shoulder and will not require surgery. ***PHOTO1*** Heyward's shoulder began bothering him in mid-March, and he eventually went on the disabled list in May for three weeks....

For Atlanta Braves, Trading Mark Teixeira May not Have Been a Bad Thing
October 4th, 2011 at 8:36 AM
One of the most lauded transactions by the Atlanta Braves in the past five years was the decision in 2008 to trade Mark Teixeira to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim just a year after the Braves acquired him for top rated prospects from the Texas Rangers. ***PHOTO1*** While most of the...

Fredi Gonzalez: Atlanta Braves Needed Jonny Venters, Craig Kimbrel in Tight Games
October 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 AM
With the Atlanta Braves watching the 2011 postseason from home, Fredi Gonzalez can do all the thinking in the world about what he may or may not have done differently during the season to prevent their September collapse. Gonzalez seems torn about his heavy use of rookies Jonny Venters and Craig...

Tommy Hanson Cuts Short Instructional League Start, Peter Moylan Has Torn Rotator Cuff
September 24th, 2011 at 8:45 AM
The Atlanta Braves received a double dose of bad news for their pitching staff again Friday, when Peter Moylan was diagnosed with a torn labrum and rotator cuff, and when Tommy Hanson exited his instructional league start after only two innings due to shoulder soreness. ***PHOTO1*** Moylan, who was out from April...

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 Ready for Start in Instructional League
September 17th, 2011 at 5:14 PM
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson is now ready for a start in Orlando in the instructional league after his third bullpen session this week, ajc.com reports. Hanson, who has not pitched since Aug. 6 due to inflammation in his rotator cuff, said he felt alright after his 30-pitch bullpen session. “Felt...

Tommy Hanson’s Return Pushed Back, Peter Moylan to Start Rehab
August 19th, 2011 at 8:45 AM
It turns out Tommy Hanson will not return for the Atlanta Braves against the Chicago Cubs after all. The right-hander said he no longer feels discomfort in his right shoulder is no longer there, but it is not to the point where he is able to effectively pitch. "I threw today...

Brian McCann to Start Rehab Games Friday; Tommy Hanson Diagnosed with Tendinitis (Again)
August 10th, 2011 at 11:33 PM
Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann is expected to start a rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. The All-Star starter is expected to start either two or three games before being activated from the disabled list. McCann has been out since July 26 with a strained left oblique. He may be...

Atlanta Braves Send Tommy Hanson Back to Atlanta to Evaluate Shoulder
August 10th, 2011 at 8:08 AM
Already having spent two weeks on the disabled list in June with shoulder tendonitis, the Atlanta Braves have sent Tommy Hanson back to Atlanta to have his sore right shoulder evaluated. "When a pitcher, athlete or baseball player comes to you and says, 'I don't feel good,' I think you need...

Freddie Freeman Named National League Rookie of the Month
August 5th, 2011 at 9:23 AM
Freddie Freeman rode an 18-game hitting streak to being named the National League's Rookie of the Month for the month of July. ***PHOTO1*** The Atlanta Braves' first baseman compiled a 362 batting average and a .433 on-base percentage in 27 games during the month and led rookies in home runs (six) and runs scored (17),...

Injured Chipper Jones to Continue Pinch-Hitting; Anthony Varvaro Called up to Relieve Bullpen
July 28th, 2011 at 9:21 PM
Chipper Jones will continue pinch-hitting duties for the next few days as he nurses a strained right quadriceps. Jones, who strained the quadriceps his first game back after arthroscopic knee surgery, will miss his own bobblehead night Thursday. The Atlanta Braves also called up Anthony Varvaro from Triple-A Gwinnett to give the bullpen...

Jordan Schafer Diagnosed with Broken Finger, not Headed for Disabled List; Wilkin Ramirez Optioned to Minors
July 25th, 2011 at 9:36 PM
X-rays taken Monday on Jordan Schafer's jammed middle finger revealed a chip fracture. The 24-year-old outfielder, however, is unlikely to see the disabled list. Schafer took some swings and threw some in the indoor batting cages at Turner Field before the Atlanta Braves started their four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates....

Chipper Jones to Come Off Disabled List, Play Monday
July 25th, 2011 at 8:49 AM
Chipper Jones will meet his target return date afterall. The veteran third baseman's surgically repaired right knee showed no discomfort during Jones' brief rehab stint with Class-A Rome over the weekend. He played five innings at third base on Sunday, drawing a walk, singling and hitting a sacrifice fly. ***PHOTO1*** "I talked to...

Chipper Jones Delays Start of Rehab Games
July 22nd, 2011 at 9:13 AM
Instead of starting a rehabilitation assignment with Class A-Rome tonight, Chipper Jones has pushed back the start of playing rehab games, citing the knee is, "Just not there yet." ***PHOTO1*** Jones worked out Thursday with Triple-A Gwinnett before what would be a stint of DHing with Rome starting tonight, but that will now...

Atlanta Braves Reportedly Interested in Carlos Beltran
July 20th, 2011 at 3:01 PM
The Atlanta Braves are reportedly interested in acquiring Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets, mlb.com reports. ***PHOTO1*** The Mets are willing to foot the rest of Beltran's contract for the year - about $6 million - meaning they would be looking for highly ranked prospects, and the Braves have plenty of...

Atlanta Braves Pitching Helps Secure National League Win in All-Star Game, Prince Fielder’s Home Run The Difference
July 13th, 2011 at 8:50 AM
In the only American All-Star contest that actually plays defense, it was the trio of Atlanta Braves pitchers that rode Prince Fielder's coattails to the National League's second straight All-Star Game victory. Jair Jurrjens, Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings at Chase Field to help secure...

Chipper Jones Undergoes Arthroscopic Surgery on Right Knee
July 10th, 2011 at 8:19 AM
With Martin Prado's return on the horizon and the pain in his right knee increasing, Chipper Jones went under the knife Saturday at 3:00 p.m. to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, braves.com reports. Jones underwent a surgical procedure in Atlanta and is expected to return in two to...

Atlanta Braves Place Chipper Jones on Disabled List
July 9th, 2011 at 12:19 PM
The Atlanta Braves have placed Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list with a torn right meniscus. The move may result in the Braves veteran to undergo arthroscopic surgery. Jones said after Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies that he was considering skipping the All-Star Game in order to allow his...

Tyler Pastornicky Hits for First Mississippi Braves Cycle
July 6th, 2011 at 9:05 AM
The Atlanta Braves' no. 9 ranked prospect in what has to be the most exciting in difficult fashion. Tyler Pastornicky hit the triple in his last at-bat. The shortstop tripled for the Double-A Mississippi Braves in the eighth inning of their 14-7 win over the Jackson Generals. "I was just trying to...

Martin Prado Could Start Rehab Assignment Wednesday
July 5th, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Martin Prado probably will not be back for the Atlanta Braves before the All-Star Game, but he may be taking another step toward his return to big league action on Wednesday. Prado is scheduled to test his leg strength with the team's physical therapist Wednesday morning. If all goes to plan,...