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Craig Kimbrel Passes Rookie Ritual to Cory Gearrin
April 26th, 2012 at 8:10 PM
Craig Kimbrel has finally freed himself of the title of the Atlanta Braves pitcher with the least service time. Cory Gearrin, who was called up to fill Jair Jurrjens' roster spot, now has that claim along with another responsibility. ***PHOTO1*** Now with Gearrin on the ballclub, Kimbrel has passed down the responsibility of bringing...

Atlanta Braves Call Cory Gearrin up to Bullpen
April 24th, 2012 at 9:05 PM
The Atlanta Braves have called up Cory Gearrin from Triple-A Gwinnett to take the spot vacated when they optioned Jair Jurrjens to the minors. Gearrin nearly made the team out of Spring Training until he struggled in two consecutive appearances toward the end. The Braves faced with the choice of Gearrin...

Atlanta Braves Sign Reliever Chad Durbin
April 4th, 2012 at 4:22 PM
The Atlanta Braves put the finishing touches on their Opening Day bullpen on Tuesday, signing Chad Durbin to a one-year contract. ***PHOTO1*** The Washington Nationals cut Durbin after he compiled a 2.35 ERA in 15 1/3 innings this Spring. He was 2-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 56 games with the Cleveland...

Atlanta Braves Trade Jairo Asencio to Cleveland Indians
March 30th, 2012 at 12:37 AM
The Atlanta Braves provided a better look at what their bullpen will look like in 2012 on Thursday when they traded Jairo Asencio to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations. The trade now makes right-hander Cory Gearrin and left-hander Yohan Flande the most likely candidates for the last two bullpen spots. Asencio had...

Arodys Vizcaino Out for 2012 After Tommy John Surgery
March 20th, 2012 at 7:55 PM
Arodys Vizcaino somehow managed to avoid Tommy John surgery when he partially tore his ulnar collateral ligament in 2010. The Atlanta Braves reliever was not so fortunate this time; he underwent the procedure Tuesday at the hands of Dr. James Andrews and will miss the entire 2012 season. Vizcaino, ranked the...

Arodys Vizcaino to Visit Dr. James Andrews
March 15th, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Atlanta Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino managed to avoid Tommy John surgery for a partially torn tendon in his elbow in 2010, but he has an appointment on Monday with one of the most dreaded and feared men in all of baseball, Dr. James Andrews. Vizcaino has not thrown since feeling discomfort...

Arodys Vizcaino Sidelined with Elbow Inflammation
March 11th, 2012 at 3:37 PM
Atlanta Braves reliever Arodys Vizcaino had a Tommy John scare in 2010; he is now hoping his latest incident is only a scare after developing pain in his throwing elbow. ***PHOTO1*** The 21-year-old has not pitched since experiencing pain in his elbow March 3 against the Detroit Tigers. An MRI a few days...

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...

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...

Seattle Mariners Sign Former Atlanta Brave George Sherrill
December 30th, 2011 at 6:39 PM
The Seattle Mariners have signed former Atlanta Braves pitcher George Sherrill. The one-year deal is worth $1.1 million, plus incentives. The 34-year-old veteran spent last season with the Braves. The left-handed specialist allowed lefties to hit .256 against him, and he surrendered only one walk in 81 plate appearances. He compiled...

John Rocker Fesses up to Steroid Use During Career
December 14th, 2011 at 11:33 PM
One of the most polarizing figures in Atlanta Braves history is making waves yet again. Former pitcher John Rocker admitted during a radio interview earlier this week that he tested positive for steroids in 1999. Rocker informed radio host Mike Silva that after his inflammatory Sports Illustrated interview in 1999, he...

Atlanta Braves May Non-Tender, Re-sign Peter Moylan
December 7th, 2011 at 8:18 PM
With the non-tender deadline rapidly approach at midnight Thursday, it seems the Atlanta Braves may non-tender Peter Moylan in order to avoid salary arbitration. Moylan is expected to fetch upwards of $2 million if he goes through the arbitration process, but Frank Wren met with Moylan's agent to discuss possibly non-tendering and re-signing...

Peter Moylan Has Twitter Dust-up with Nickelback
December 4th, 2011 at 5:06 PM
Atlanta Braves reliever Peter Moylan was on both ends of digital insults on Twitter after apparently not enjoying rock band Nickelback's halftime performance on Thanksgiving. ***PHOTO1*** The Canadian quartet played during the Detroit Lions' loss to the Green Bay Packers, and their scheduling had already been met by some outcry. Moylan tweeted the...

Craig Kimbrel Wins National League Rookie of the Year, Freddie Freeman Comes in Second
November 14th, 2011 at 8:13 PM
Though his season was bookend by rough stretches, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has been awarded the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year. ***PHOTO1*** In adding to the numerous awards already bestowed upon Kimbrel, the rookie who turned himself into an intimidating ninth inning force was unanimously voted the NL's Rookie...

Three Atlanta Braves Recognized in Inaugural MLB.com Awards
November 8th, 2011 at 7:50 AM
Even with the bitter taste of their September collapse still in their mouth, three Atlanta Braves have been recognized in the inaugural MLB.com awards. Already having won awards for their 2011 seasons, Brian McCann and Craig Kimbrel were named the team's Player of the Year and Breakout Player of the Year,...

Craig Kimbrel Wins Players Choice Award for Outstanding Rookie
November 5th, 2011 at 8:58 AM
Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has earned yet another award after his record-breaking rookie season, as he was named the National League's Oustanding Rookie by the Players Choice Awards Thursday night. ***PHOTO1*** The Players Choice winners are determined via voting by Major League players. Among his already long list of awards accumulated, he...

Brain McCann, Craig Kimbrel Named to the Sporting News All-Star Team
October 28th, 2011 at 8:34 AM
The accolades keep coming for Craig Kimbrel, who was elected along with Brian McCann to the Sporting News National League All-Star team. ***PHOTO1*** Already having been named TSN's NL Rookie of the Year, Kimbrel earned the only spot for a reliever on the team with his Major League rookie record 46 saves and...

Craig Kimbrel Wins the Sporting News National League Rookie of the Year
October 26th, 2011 at 9:05 PM
For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Braves have produced a The Sporting News' National League Rookie of the Year. ***PHOTO1*** Following Jason Heyward winning the award in 2010, Craig Kimbrel was voted as the NL's best rookie for 2011 by a jury of 289 Major Leaguers. Kimbrel set a Major...

Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman Nominated for Players Choice Awards
October 23rd, 2011 at 8:39 PM
The Atlanta Braves' Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman are finalists for the National League's Outstanding Rookie for the 2011 Players Choice Awards. ***PHOTO1*** Major League players voted in September for the Players Choice Awards, and the winners will be announced on MLB Network on Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. Kimbrel set the Major...

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...