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Atlanta Braves Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF9/28/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio hits third homer in finale.
Insight: He took Cole Hamels deep in the first inning. Bonifacio ends his year with a .259/.305/.345 line. Freddie Freeman added the other RBI in a 2-1 victory over the Phillies.
Andrelton Simmons, SS9/28/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: With a .063 career average (1-for-16) against Cole Hamels, Simmons will rest during the season finale. He finishes the year with a .244/.286/.331 line, along with seven homers and 46 RBI.
Justin Upton, LF9/28/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is sitting out on Sunday.
Insight: Barring a pinch-hitting appearance, Upton finishes an impressive year slashing .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI. His brother B.J. is sitting as well today. Ryan Doumit and Emilio Bonifacio are starting in left field and center field, respectively.
B.J. Upton, CF9/28/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is 0-for-17 lifetime against Cole Hamels.
Insight: After smashing his 12th homer of the year last night, it will interesting to see if Upton is in the lineup today against Philadelphia, as it could be his last game as a Brave.
Aaron Harang, SP9/27/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang earns victory in final start of season.
Insight: Harang had a solid season for Atlanta, and he concluded his year with a solid start against Philadelphia. He went 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball, allowing eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Harang is now 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA, but almost lost his victory, as Craig Kimbrel loaded the bases in the ninth. However, Kimbrel escaped with his 46th save of the year, getting Ben Revere to line out to end the contest .
Justin Upton, LF9/27/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton goes over the century mark for RBI in 2014.
Insight: He was 2-for-4 with his 29th dinger of the season, off A.J. Burnett in the seventh inning. Now with 102 RBI and a .270 average, Upton has proven to be a valuable acquisition in his two seasons with the Braves.
Jason Heyward, RF9/27/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is 6-for-14 with two homers against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Heyward has put together a solid, though unspectacular season, batting .268 with 11 HR, 58 RBI, 74 runs and 19 steals. We like this matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/26/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss to the Phillies on Friday.
Insight: The bottom has completely fallen out on Atlanta, but Freeman is still having a good season. He is hitting .288 with 18 home runs and 77 RBI in 600 at-bats this year.
Evan Gattis, C9/25/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is back in the Braves starting lineup on Thursday against the Pirates.
Insight: Thursday will be Gattis' first start since Sept. 7. The catcher has been battling strep throat and kidney stone for nearly the past three weeks. He will start at catcher and bat sixth, but he is expected to only play five innings.
Justin Upton, LF9/25/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .571 (8-for-14) hitter with four doubles against Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Upton has really struggled in September, hitting just .134 in 67 at-bats, but he slugged his 28th home run of the season on Wednesday, going 2-for-4. He is sitting on 99 RBI, which gives him a great chance to reach 100 for the first time in his career.
Chris Johnson, 3B9/24/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson left Wednesday's game with a lower back strain, according to Mark Bowman.
Insight: Phil Gosselin replaced him the sixth. Consider Johnson day-to-day.
Julio Teheran, SPHot9/24/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitches well enough to beat Pittsburgh.
Insight: Atlanta staked him to a 6-0 lead, and Teheran was able to do enough to earn his 14th victory. He went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, and struck out six. Teheran has an impressive 2.89 ERA on the year.
Justin Upton, LF9/24/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hits 28th homerun of 2014.
Insight: He took Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke deep, and now has 99 RBI on the year. Upton has been everything the Braves have wanted since they acquired him from Arizona.
Alex Wood, SP9/23/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood pitches well in loss to Pittsburgh.
Insight: Now with an 11-11 record, Wood went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out six. Wood owns an impressive 2.78 ERA, and will be a valuable fantasy starter heading into 2015.
Jason Heyward, RF9/23/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is again not in the lineup against the Pirates.
Insight: Heyward has not played since a pitch hit him in the left thumb last Wednesday. On Sunday, Heyward could still not grip a bat. It is unclear if he will return at all this week.
Aaron Harang, SP9/22/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked two but lost to the Pirates, 1-0, on Monday.
Insight: Harang has yielded just three runs in three starts over his last 21 innings, but he has lost two of those games. Harang is 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings this season.
Jason Heyward, RF9/22/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.
Insight: Heyward has not played since a pitch hit him in the left thumb last Wednesday. On Sunday, Heyward could still not grip a bat. It is unclear if he will return at all this week.
Ervin Santana, SP9/21/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: The Mets tagged Braves right-hander Ervin Santana for five runs over five innings on Sunday.
Insight: Santana allowed only six hits, but two doubles and a home run. He has lost three straight decisions and has dropped to 14-10 as the Braves continue to struggle in Septemeber.
Jason Heyward, RF9/21/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is not in Sunday's lineup against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward left Wednesday's game with a left thumb injury and has not returned since then. Heyward remains day-to-day, and Emilio Bonifacio is in right field until he returns.
Evan Gattis, C9/21/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis grounded out as a pinch-hitter in his return on Saturday.
Insight: It was Gattis' first at-bat since Sept. 7 due to strep throat and a kidney stone. It is unclear when he will return to the starting lineup.
Mike Minor, SP9/20/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor was removed after just one inning Saturday night, with shoulder discomfort.
Insight: He will probably be shelved for the season, as he missed the first month of the season with shoulder tendinitis. Minor likely finishes the year at 6-11 with a 4.77 ERA. He will look to rebound in 2015.
Jason Heyward, RF9/19/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is not in Friday's lineup against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward left Wednesday's game with a left thumb injury. Although the x-rays came back negative, his thumb is still swollen. He is listed as day-to-day and could be available late in the game on Friday.
Justin Upton, LF9/19/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Upton is batting .273 average with 27 HR with 97 RBI and 73 runs, but he's not an option in this unfavorable matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/19/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-13 (.538) against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are slightly down from last season as pitchers are avoiding him, but he's still a solid option batting .291 with 18 HR, 73 RBI and an .857 OPS.
Jason Heyward, RF9/18/2014 1:06:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was forced from Wednesday's game due to a left thumb injury.
Insight: X-rays cames back negative, but his status for the next game is up in the air. He's settled into a reasonable production level, batting .273 with 11 HR, 58 RBI, 70 runs and 19 steals.
Andrelton Simmons, SS9/18/2014 1:03:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Wednesday's game with an ankle injury.
Insight: The defensive ace is a guy you would like on your real team, but not your fantasy team with his .244 batting average and .621 OPS.
Evan Gattis, C9/17/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still not back in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: The Braves were hoping to have him back for last weekend, but that didn't happen. He's now missed nine starts in a row due to strept throat and with the Braves hopes fading fast we're not sure when he'll return. The catcher is hitting .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats this year.
Alex Wood, SPHot9/17/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood needs to continue with his hot play, if Atlanta wants to stay in the playoff race.
Insight: Atlanta is hanging on by a thread, but that is no fault of Wood's. He is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA over his past three starts. Wood probably deserves some more wins (10-10 record overall), but he has still continued to be an impact pitcher for the Braves.
Evan Gattis, C9/16/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still not back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: The Braves were hoping Gattis would DH this weekend in Texas, but that didn't happen. He's now missed eight starts in a row due to strept throat. The catcher is hitting .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats this year.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF9/15/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio getting the night off.
Insight: Atlanta is smartly giving him a night to refresh himself, with the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg heading into town. Bonifacio has struggled big-time throughout his career against Washington's ace (1-for-10), and combined with the fact he is hitting only .143 with one extra base hit over the past 14 days, makes the move an appropriate one by Braves' manager, Fredi Gonzalez. Bonifacio should be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Ervin Santana, SP9/15/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Braves right-hander Ervin Santana has been fantastic at home this season, but has struggled during his previous three starts, overall.
Insight: Santana owns a healthy 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2014, and is even better at Turner Field (10-2, 3.51 ERA). However, heading into tonight's start against the Nationals, Santana is coming of a string of three starts where he has posted a 1-1 record and a rough ERA of 5.29. Owners will be hoping for some home cooking tonight, to get Santana back on track.
Jason Heyward, RFHot9/15/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is a career .419 hitter (13-for-31) against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg with a home run and a 1.099 OPS.
Insight: Heyward is batting .316 for the week and could be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup. On the season, he's hitting .274 with 11 homers, 58 RBI, 70 runs, 19 steals and a .745 OPS.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot9/15/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 11-for-25 (.440) with three home runs against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are slightly down from last season as pitchers are avoiding him, but he's been hot over the past two weeks, batting .333 over the span.
Evan Gattis, C9/13/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will not return on Sunday.
Insight: The Braves were hoping Gattis would DH this weekend in Texas, but that will not happen. The catcher is hitting .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats this year. Gattis has ben out since Monday with strep throat.
Julio Teheran, SPHot9/13/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched a complete game and did not allow an earned run, but lost to the Rangers, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Atlanta took an early 2-0 lead, but a Justin Upton error extended the Rangers half of the sixth. Elvis Andrus singled to drive in a run and Rougned Odor doubled to score two runs as Texas took the lead. This is the second time this season Teheran pitched a complete game and lost. He is 13-12 with a 2.89 ERA and 174 strikeouts.
Jordan Schafer, CF9/13/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer is out of the lineup on Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Schafer collided with the outfield wall last week, and Minnesota is being very cautious. He is considered day-to-day.
Evan Gattis, C9/13/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still out of the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Gattis is still recovering from strep throat. He was feeling better on Saturday and will likely be in the lineup on Sunday.
B.J. Upton, CF9/13/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Upton has had a rough season, batting .207 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI, so Emilio Bonifacio is taking away some of his playing time. Bonifacio will be in center field on Saturday.
Evan Gattis, C9/12/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still out of the lineup on Friday.
Insight: Atlanta was hoping Gattis would DH in Texas, but the catcher still hasn't recovered from strep throat. Hopefully, he returns at some point this weekend.
B.J. Upton, CF9/12/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is a career .474 hitter (9-for-19) with four extra-base hits and a 1.384 OPS versus Texas starter Derek Holland.
Insight: He's also stolen three bases with Holland on the mound. That's the good news. The bad news is Upton is batting .207 this season with 11 homers and 34 RBI and just 1-for-9 in three games this week.
Jason Heyward, RF9/10/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is a career .429 hitter (12-for-28) against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Heyward batting average is up this season, but his power is not. On the season, he's hitting .273 with 11 homers, 57 RBI, 69 runs, 17 steals and a .746 OPS.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/10/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 10-for-22 (.455) with three home runs against Nationals flamethrower Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are slightly down from last season as pitchers are avoiding him. He's already walked a personal high 80 times which partially explains his lower RBI total.
Justin Upton, LF9/9/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit a two-run home run, going 1-for-4, against the Nationals on Tuesday night.
Insight: The home run was Upton's 27th on the season. Upton also has a .282 average with 93 RBI and 72 runs.
Evan Gattis, C9/9/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis was out Monday due to strep throat and is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: The Braves are starting Gerald Laird behind the plate while Gattis is ill, but the backup has very little fantasy value. Gattis has 22 home runs and a .832 OPS this season. he's expected to miss a couple of days.
Evan Gattis, C9/9/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis was out Monday due to strep throat and will likely be sidelined for a few days.
Insight: The Braves are starting Gerald Laird behind the plate while Gattis is ill, but the backup has very little fantasy value. Gattis has 22 home runs and a .832 OPS this season.
Evan Gattis, C9/8/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is out Monday due to strep throat.
Insight: The Braves are starting Gerald Laird behind the plate on Monday. Gattis might be out a couple of days with his illness. He has 22 home runs and a .832 OPS this season.
Julio Teheran, SPHot9/7/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched five and 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, struck out five and walked none in a loss against the Marlins on Sunday.
Insight: It was the shortest outing for Teheran since July 8 and most runs he has allowed since Aug. 11. At one point, Teheran was 8-5 with a 2.29 ERA, but his ERA has increased every month this year. He stands at 13-11 with a 3.00 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 201 innings.
Craig Kimbrel, RP9/6/2014 11:11:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel saved his 43rd game on Saturday, closing out the Marlins in the 10th inning.
Insight: Kimbrel retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning, throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes. In 57 appearances, he supports a 1.61 ERA and 43 saves.
Evan Gattis, C9/6/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 3-for-5, including an inside-the-park home run in the top of the tenth to give Atlanta a, 4-3, victory over Miami on Saturday.
Insight: It was the biggest offensive production day for the catcher since late July. Gattis should get extra fantasy points for chugging around the bases for the game-winning home run, but owners will take it. Gattis is hitting .271 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI this year.
Jordan Schafer, CF9/6/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer is out of the lineup on Saturday against the Angels due to soreness in his ribs.
Insight: Schafer collided with the wall on Friday night. He is considered day-to-day.
Chris Johnson, 3BCold9/6/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is hitless in 12 at-bats against Miami right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Johnson is also hitless in his last five games, so avoid him at all costs. For the season he's batting .266, significantly down from last season when he batted .321.
Aaron Harang, SPCold9/5/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang yielded six runs on 10 hits in three and 2/3 innings. He also struck out three and walked one in the loss against Miami on Friday.
Insight: Harang has not pitched well down the stretch. After pitching into the ninth inning on Aug. 19, he has lost his last three starts. Since the All-Star break, Harang is 1-3 with a 3.88 ERA.
Justin Upton, LF9/5/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton was not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup but is back in the lineup for Friday's game against Miami.
Insight: Upton has been dealing with a bruised left triceps which forced him out of Tuesday's contest. He is hitting .285 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 91 RBI, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Justin Upton, LF9/5/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton was not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup and is questionable for Friday's game against Miami.
Insight: Upton has been dealing with a bruised left triceps which forced him out of Tuesday's contest. He is hitting .285 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 91 RBI, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Craig Kimbrel, RP9/3/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel racked up save No. 42 on Wednesday afternoon against Philadelphia.
Insight: Strangely, it was just the ninth outing this season, in 55 appearances where he didn't post a strikeout. He's got a 1.64 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 55 innings.
Ervin Santana, SP9/3/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana wasn't very good, but managed to notch his 14th win of the season by going six inning in a 7-4 Atlanta victory.
Insight: Santana raised his record to 14-7 with a 3.61 ERA. He's never been a huge strikeout guy, but his four strikeouts on Wednesday gives him 159 in 174 1/3 IP.
Justin Upton, LF9/3/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup. He's been dealing with a bruised left triceps which forced him out of Tuesday's contest.
Insight: Upton is putting together his best season since 2011. The left fielder has 91 RBI with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .285 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Evan Gattis, C9/3/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Braves catcherr Evan Gattis is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: It appears to simply be a routine day game after a night game off. Gattis has slammed 21 homers this season, but injuries have held him to 98 games played.
Justin Upton, LFHot9/2/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .364 hitter with two home runs and a 1.146 OPS versus Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Upton is putting together his best season since 2011. The left fielder has 91 RBI with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .288 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Evan Gattis, C9/1/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Braves catcherr Evan Gattis is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Philadelphia
Insight: He had faced Phillies ace Cole Hamels just six times, but has taken him deep twice. Gattis's home run on Sunday was his first extra-base hit in a week. This appears to be a routine day off.
B.J. Upton, CFCold9/1/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton should be getting Monday afternoon off as he's never figured out Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Upton is hitless in 18 tries against Hamels. The best he's managed is a walk and he's struck out five times. We suspect you weren't tempted on using Upton anyway, what with his .207 batting average and .607 OPS. Update: Upton is not in the starting lineup.
Andrelton Simmons, SS9/1/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is just 1-for-14 in his career against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: The defensive ace is batting .247 with very little power and speed and doesn't hold much fantasy value.
Evan Gattis, C9/1/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Evan Gattis has faced Phillies ace Cole Hamels just six times, but has taken him deep twice.
Insight: Gattis's home run on Sunday was his first extra-base hit in a week, but perhaps he can make it two in a row this afternoon..
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/31/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a walk on Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Freeman has hits in five of his last six games. He is batting .291 with 17 home runs and 69 RBI this year.
Evan Gattis, C8/31/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Evan Gattis went 1-for-4 with a solo home on Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Gattis was not a smart start on Sunday due to his 0-for-8 with four strikeouts lifetime performance against Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi. The catcher rewarded his loyal owners with a solo shot in the second inning as the Braves defeated the Marlins, 1-0.
Alex Wood, SPHot8/31/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Alex Wood threw eight shut out innings and was relieved only for a pinch hitter as Atlanta scratched out a 1-0 victory over Miami on Sunday.
Insight: Wood's work finally paid off on Sunday. Wood threw seven quality innings in each of his last two starts but failed to earn a victory. The pitcher also allowed five hits, struck out 12 and no walks. The 23-year-old lowers his ERA to 2.92 and improves his record to 10-10.
Evan Gattis, C8/31/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Leave Braves catcher Evan Gattis on your bench Sunday.
Insight: Gattis is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts against Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi. Gattis has produced 20 homers this season and no matter where he plays next season as long as he's eligible as a catcher he's be a fantasy-worthy starter. But not Sunday in this unfavorable matchup.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/29/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a home run on Friday against the Marlins.
Insight: The big night gives Upton a new career-high for RBI in a season. The left fielder has 91 with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .288 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Chris Johnson, 3B8/28/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was 2-for-4 on Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: It was a nice game for the third baseman but still no runs or RBI. Johnson has not driven in a run or scored in his last five games.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF8/28/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the Mets on Thursday night.
Insight: Bonifacio also had a steal. He is hitting .283 with 21 extra-base hits, 41 runs and 19 steals in 336 at-bats.
Mike Minor, SP8/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor pitched seven innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking four to beat the Mets on Thursday.
Insight: It was the third straight quality start for Minor, who pitched very poorly towards the end of July and beginning of August. In his last three starts, Minor is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA.
Jonny Venters, RP8/28/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters has been diagnosed with a re-tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow following an MRI.
Insight: It's now possible he will have to undergo a third surgery. That's horrible news for Venters, who has not pitched since 2012.
Evan Gattis, C8/28/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gerald Laird will get the start. Laird is a solid backstop, but not much of a fantasy value with a .219 batting average. Gattis has struggled since he returned from a bulging disk in his back, but his second consecutive 20 home run season makes him a top fantasy backstop.
Craig Kimbrel, RPHot8/27/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel tied Francisco Rodriguez and Trevor Rosenthal for the NL lead with 39 saves Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Kimbrel had a 2.45 ERA after blowing a save on June 20, but he's allowed just two runs on nine hits in his last 21 2/3 innings. He has a 1.73 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 52 innings this season.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/27/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday.
Insight: Heyward has batted an impressive .336 over his last 38 games, but with just three homers during that span. On the season, he's hitting .270 with 11 homers, 53 RBI, 66 runs, 14 steals and a .742 OPS.
Julio Teheran, SPHot8/27/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran has allowed three runs on 11 hits over 18 1/3 innings his last three starts, winning all three.
Insight: Teheran allowed 11 runs on 18 hits in 13 1/3 innings his first two starts this month. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Mets. He's 13-9 with a 2.90 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 160 strikeouts in 189 innings this season.
Chris Johnson, 3B8/27/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is a 2-for-17 (.118) career hitter against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Overall, Johnson has had a disappointing season after hitting .321/.358/.457 last year. The third baseman is hitting .271 with nine home runs this year. He also has just one hit in his last 10 at-bats.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/27/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has gone 6-for-15 in his career against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Despite his 0-for-4 on Tuesday, Heyward is 11-for-31 (.355) in his last seven games. The right fielder is batting .270 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI this year.
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/27/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a home run and five RBI against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Freeman has struggled the last week, batting .190 with just one extra-base hit. He did however, belt a double on Tuesday, so perhaps Freeman will come out of the mini slump versus Wheeler. Freeman is hitting .292 with 17 home runs and 68 RBI this year.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/26/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Amazingly, the 27-year-old Upton has never had more than 88 RBI in a season. He's up to 87 RBI to go with 25 homers and a .292 average after Tuesday's game.
Evan Gattis, C8/26/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is just 1-for-12 against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Gattis has struggled since he returned from a bulging disk in his back, but his second consecutive 20 home run season makes him a top fantasy backstop. Avoid him Tuesday in this poor matchup.
Evan Gattis, C8/24/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo homer Sunday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Gattis has struggled since he returned from a bulging disk in his back, but his home run stroke appears to be back. He's hit three of them in his last eight starts.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/23/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning Friday against the Reds. He went 3-for-6 on the night and also had a triple.
Insight: Upton has batted .324 with six homers, 23 RBI, 14 runs, 15 walks and a 1.099 OPS in August and he's 6-for-11 (.545) with a double and a homer against Reds starter Mike Leake. Make sure he's in your lineup Saturday.
Mike Minor, SP 8/23/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor had a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings Friday night against the Reds before allowing a hit to Billy Hamilton.
Insight: Hamilton's hit drove in Zack Cozart, who drew a one-out walk, to tie the game at one and Minor was removed after that so he took a no decision. The left-hander has had a miserable season, buthe seems to be moving in the right direction lately. Over his last three starts, he's allowed 13 hits and six runs while striking out 19 in 21 1/3 innings. He had a 7.33 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP in the 54 innings prior to that.
Evan Gattis, C8/22/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Cincinnati and Mat Latos.
Insight: Gerald Laird will get the start behind the plate andf he's 2-for-3 against Latos in their matchups. Gattis was hitless Thursday night.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF8/22/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio will start in center field for B.J. Upton in Friday's game with Cincinnati.
Insight: Bonifacio can play any infield position and the outfield. He's batting .275 with 17 SB this season which makes him an offensive upgrade on Upton (.208, .611 OPS).
Chris Johnson, 3B8/22/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is a 7-for-17 (.412) career hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman also hit over .400 in their careers against Latos, so it could be a high scoring night for Atlanta. Jason Heyward also has a career average of .400 (4-for-10) against Latos. Any of them would be great starts. Johnson is hitting .274 with nine home runs and 53 RBI this season.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/22/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .429 hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Upton continues to swing a hot bat as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the series opener against the Reds on Thursday. Upton has now hit safely in 11 straight games and blasted five home runs with 19 RBI in his last 13 games.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot8/22/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman should continue his hot streak on Friday as he is a career .583 (7-for-12) hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Freeman has been on fire in August, hitting 26-for-69 (.377) with nine extra base hits and nine RBI. The first baseman has a .488 OBP in the month too.
Julio Teheran, SP8/21/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran turned it around Thursday night with six shut out innings.
Insight: Nice production after posting a 1-2 record with a 6.05 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his previous three outings. Just three strikeouts is a bit concerning, but he's nearing his career high for inning pitched in a season and may be getting tired.
Julio Teheran, SPCold8/21/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran might be a guy to avoid Thursday as he's posted a 1-2 record with a 6.05 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his last three outings.
Insight: Teheran has already thrown 176 2/3 IP and after Thursday's start will have matched last season's workload with more than a month to go. He may just be tiring and for that reason we don't recommend him.
Alex Wood, SPHot8/20/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood took a shutout into the eighth inning Wednesday at Pittsburgh, but he allowed the first two men to reach base and Jordan Walden allowed both of them to score.
Insight: Wood walked away with two earned runs on four hits and four strikeouts in seven innings, plus a no decision. The 23-year-old left-hander is 9-9 with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 124 Ks in 130 innings this season. He's given up two earned runs or less in five straight starts.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/20/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Tuesday's game with a sore left hip, but he's in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: He was out of the lineup for nine games with an ankle injury earlier this month. The defensive ace has batted .252 with very little power and speed.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/19/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has gone 42-for-121 (.347) with six doubles, a triple, two homers, 18 RBI, 20 runs and five steals in his last 32 games.
Insight: He's raised his average from .241 to .269 and his OPS from .696 to .739 in the process. Heyward went 2-for-6 with three RBI Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/19/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton stayed red hot Tuesday with a homer and five RBI.
Insight: Upton has hit safely in 10 straight games and blasted five homers with 16 RBI in his last 12 games.
Evan Gattis, C8/19/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gattis didn't homer from July 29 to Aug. 14, but he's hit two in his last four games and has 19 in 310 at-bats.
Jason Heyward, RF8/18/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Heyward came into the game six for his last 35 (.171). He's hit 268 with 32 extra-base hits (10 HR), 47 RBI, 60 runs and 14 steals this season. Heyward's .157 average in 115 at-bats against left-handers is really dragging him down.
Evan Gattis, C8/18/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Monday night's starting lineup
Insight: Gattis has struggled over the past four weeks, managing to hit just .231 with two homers, eight RBI and a .658 OPS. That's well below his season long numbers.
Julio Teheran, SP 8/16/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran struck out just one batter and walked three Saturday against Oakland, but he limited the Athletics to two runs on four hits in six innings to earn his 11th win.
Insight: Teheran allowed 11 runs on 18 hits in 13 1/3 innings his first two starts this month. He's been wearing down later in games lately, perhaps because he's not used to throwing this many innings in a season.
Tommy La Stella, 2B8/16/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella is out of the lineup Saturday against Oakland.
Insight: La Stella has gone 8-for-44 (.182) in August. He has one homer and two steals to go with a .274 average, 27 RBI, 21 runs and a .700 OPS this season, so he's not a good fantasy option. Phil Gosselin is starting at second base.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot8/15/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has really swung the bat well recently.
Insight: Freeman went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Friday against the Athletics and he's gone 20-for-51 (.392) with eight extra-base hits and eight RBI in August.
Alex Wood, SPHot8/15/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood improved to 9-9 after tossing six innings of two-run ball against the Athletics Friday night.
Insight: Wood only struck out one batter after fanning 12 Nationals in 7 1/3 innings his last time out. The 23-year-old took his undeserved demotion to the bullpen in stride back in May and he's gone 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 57 Ks in 62 2/3 innings since he rejoined the rotation.
Evan Gattis, C8/15/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis hit his first homer since July 28 Friday against Oakland.
Insight: Gattis has gone 17-for-74 (.230) with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI since he returned from a bulging thoracic disk in his back.
Justin Upton, LF8/15/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday. He's driven in a run in six straight games.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor and he appears to be fine. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since July 30, but he's making his hits count (4 2B, 3 HR in August).
Justin Upton, LF8/15/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton (hamstring) is in the lineup Friday night.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor. He's batting .281 with 21 HR and 72 RBI and is on a five-game hitting streak.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/15/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He was out of the lineup for six straight games them played two Wednesday and Thursday. Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .251 with five home runs and a .639 OPS.
Jason Heyward, RF8/15/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is a career 7-for-12 (.583) against Oakland starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Although Heyward is producing well below what fantasy owners (and Braves fans) think he should based on his talent level, he has batted .329 over the past four weeks to raise his average to a respectable .269.
Justin Upton, LF8/14/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton left Thursday's game for a pinch runner.
Insight: Upton may have injured his hamstring on the slide into third base, but we will know more after the game. He's batting .281 with 21 HR and 72 RBI and is on a five-game hitting streak.
Evan Gattis, C8/14/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis did not start Thursday's game.
Insight: It's simply a routine day off for the catcher who caught nine innings the previous night. Gattis has hit safely in five straight games.
Aaron Harang, SP8/14/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang was knocked around by the Dodgers Thursday afternoon and left in the fifth inning.
Insight: Harang gave up seven hits, three walks and five earned runs, including a home run by catcher Drew Butera. Harang had pitched well in five of his previous six outings so hopefully this is just a small bump in the road.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot8/14/2014 4:36:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has started to heat up, batting .365 over the past 19 games.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are down a little but from last season, but he's getting hot as we head down the stretch. He's now batting .294 with 15 HR and 64 RBI.
Ervin Santana, SPHot8/13/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out nine and allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings Wednesday against the Dodgers to improve to 12-6.
Insight: With one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball, Santana was bound to see his strikeout rate improve. He's struck out 40 batters in his last 34 innings and 137 in 150 innings on the year. The right-hander has won seven of his last eight decisions, including five straight.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/13/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: He was out of the lineup for six straight games. Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS.
Tommy La Stella, 2B8/13/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: La Stella was in the lineup Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with a hamstring cramp, so his absence Wednesday has more to do with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu starting than any injury. La Stella is actually hitting .346 against lefties this season, but Fredi Gonzalez opted to get an extra righty in the lineup at second base.
Mike Minor, SPCold8/12/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: It was Minor's first start since Aug. 1. The Braves skipped him after he gave up 85 hits (12 HR), 44 earned runs and 17 walks in 54 innings (7.33 ERA, 1.89 WHIP) his previous 10 starts. He's still not trustworthy at this point.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/12/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is out of the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He was hoping to return after getting in a workout Monday, but he'll get his sixth straight day off. Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS.
Julio Teheran, SPCold8/11/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran held the Dodgers scoreless through the first five innings Monday night, but he gave up three runs in the sixth and was charged with two more in the eighth.
Insight: Teheran gave up nine hits and walked two in 7 1/3 innings. The right-hander has recorded a 5.24 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP in his last seven starts. He had a 2.29 ERA on July 2 but is up to 3.06 after Monday's start.
Tommy La Stella, 2B8/11/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella left Monday's game with a cramp in his upper right hamstring, but he's expected to play Tuesday. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, mlb.com
Insight: La Stella (.284, 1 HR, 26 RBI) has no pop or speed and his range is mediocre, but he's provided the Braves with stability at second base after they dealt with bumbling Dan Uggla the past few years. His OBP is .366.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/11/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left last Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and while manager Fredi Gonzalez says he's feeling better he's shooting for a Tuesday return.
Insight: Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS, so he isn't a good fantasy option. Update: Simmons is not in Monday's lineup. Emilio Bonifacio will get the start.
Justin Upton, LF8/11/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .364 hitter (16-for-44) versus Dodgers starter Kevin Correia.
Insight: Upton smacked his 21st home run of the season Sunday night and finished the important three-game series with two long balls as the Braves took two of three from the league-leading Nationals.
Jonny Venters, RP8/11/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters threw a 15-pitch session last week.
Insight: A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 after Tommy John surgery and a setback-filled recovery. He's hoping to return is September, but what fantasy owners could get from him is unknown, and probably not worth a roster spot.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/11/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left last Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and while manager Fredi Gonzalez says he's feeling better he's shooting for a Tuesday return.
Insight: Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS, so he isn't a good fantasy option.
Jason Heyward, RF8/10/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has hit a paltry .155 with 25 Ks and a .454 OPS against lefties this season and he'll face Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez on Sunday. He's 5-for-23 (.217) against Gonzalez.
Insight: Heyward has hit .388 with one homer, 12 RBI, 15 runs, four steals and a .969 OPS in his last 22 games, but his horrible numbers against left-handers and Gonzalez in particular make him a poor option Sunday.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/8/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and is still walking with a limp, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Simmons' ankle swelled up after he stopped icing it Tuesday night. He's a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS, so he isn't a good fantasy option anyway.
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/8/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 9-for-20 (.450) with two home runs and seven RBI versus Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are down a little but from last season, but he's still batting .283 with 15 HR and 62 RBI and should be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/6/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and is currently on crutches. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Simmons' ankle swelled up after he stopped icing it Tuesday night. He's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS, so he isn't a good fantasy option anyway.
Mike Minor, SPCold8/5/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: The Braves will skip Mike Minor's next start after he allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings Friday at San Diego. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: The Braves off days on Monday and Thursday this week allow them to skip Minor and still keep the other four starters on regular rest. In his last 10 starts, Minor has given up 85 hits (12 HR), 44 earned runs and 17 walks in 54 innings (7.33 ERA, 1.89 WHIP). He's allowed line drives at a 25.8 percent rate and a home run on 15.9 percent of his fly balls. At this point, fantasy owners should just move on.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/3/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Simmons has a great glove, but mediocre bat leaving him at the low end for prospective fantasy owners (.249, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 33 runs, 3 SB in 105 games).
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/2/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 5-for-8 (.625) with a home run and seven RBI versus Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are down a little but from last season, but he's still batting .279 with 15 HR and 59 RBI and should be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Jason Heyward, RF8/1/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) isn't in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and hasn't been able to play since then.
Evan Gattis, C8/1/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is getting the night off Friday.
Insight: Gattis has gone 8-for-31 (.258) with one homer since he returned from the disabled list.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF7/31/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: The Cubs have traded utilityman Emilio Bonifacio to the Atlanta Braves along with lefty reliever James Russell.
Insight: Bonifacio has hit .400 with four doubles, a homer and a steal since he came off the disabled list on July 22. He'll likely fill in at second and in the outfield for the Braves but won't play every day.
Justin Upton, LF7/31/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has just three hits in 29 career at-bats (.103) against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Struggling against Kershaw isn't something to be ashamed about, but fantasy owners should avoid Upton Wednesday.
Jason Heyward, RF7/30/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) isn't expected to play until Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out Tuesday and Wednesday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he'll probably give Heyward one more day off.
Jason Heyward, RF7/30/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out Tuesday. He was expected back Wednesday's but isn't ready.
Justin Upton, LF 7/30/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hasn't had trouble against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke.
Insight: Upton is 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, a homer and four walks against Greinke. He's batted .302 in July but hit just two home runs.
Jason Heyward, RF7/29/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) is expected back in the lineup Wednesday or Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Heyward is out of the lineup Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with lower back spasms. Ryan Doumit is starting in right field on Tuesday.
Jonny Venters, RP7/29/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters could be throwing off a mound by the end of the week, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Insight: A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 after Tommy John surgery and a setback-filled recovery.
Jason Heyward, RF7/29/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game after three innings due to a sore back and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: Heyward is batting .261 with nine homers, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. He's been playing much better lately, batting .313 in July so fantasy owners hope he makes a quick recovery.
Evan Gattis, C7/28/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Monday afternoon against the Padres.
Insight: It was Gattis' first homer since he returned from the disabled list. He missed more than three weeks with a bulging disk in his back.
Craig Kimbrel, RPHot7/28/2014 2:58:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel went the final inning on Monday and struck out all three men he faced.
Insight: It was the ninth time he's struck out the side in 44 appearances. He's also struck out two batters in an inning 17 times. It was Kimbrel's 32nd save of the season, lowering his ERA to 1.94 and WHIP to 0.888.
Ervin Santana, SPHot7/28/2014 2:53:00 PM
Description: A stellar performance from Braves starter Ervin Santana, going eight innings, yielding five hits, zero runs, zero walks and 11 strikeouts.
Insight: Temper the enthusiasm as it was against the awful San Diego Padres offense, but he has struck out 21 batters in his last two starts and won his third in a row.
Jason Heyward, RF7/28/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game after three innings due to a sore back.
Insight: Heyward is batting .261 with nine homers, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. He's been playing much better lately, batting .313 in July.
Philip Gosselin, 2B7/28/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Just called up Phil Gosselin will make his first start at 2B this season against San Diego Monday.
Insight: He was batting .344 with a .866 OPS at Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves have used Dan Uggla (now in San Francisco), Tommy La Stella, Ramiro Pena and Tyler Pastornicky at second base this season.
B.J. Upton, CF7/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is getting Monday afternoon off.
Insight: Upton is batting .217 with a .623 OPS which is actually an improvement on last season, but since leaving Tampa Bay in 2012 he hasn't had any fantasy value whatsoever.
Mike Minor, SPCold7/27/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor beat the Padres Sunday, but it wasn't exactly an encouraging start for the left-hander.
Insight: Minor allowed three runs on eight hits (2 HR) in 6 2/3 innings to the light-hitting Padres. The 26-year-old has given up 76 hits (10 HR) and 39 earned runs in his last 49 innings (7.16 ERA, 1.86 WHIP). Minor entered Sunday's start with a 26.5 percent line-drive rate and he now has a 15.2 percent HR/FB. It's safe to cut him in re-draft leagues.
Andrelton Simmons, SS7/24/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is a career 1-for-15 (.067) against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez. Update - Simmons is not in the lineup.
Insight: Simmons is baseball's best defensive shortstop, but he doesn't do enough with the bat or on the basepaths to be a fantasy option (.257, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 34 runs, 3 SB in 96 games).
Andrelton Simmons, SS7/24/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is a career 1-for-15 (.067) against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Simmons is baseball's best defensive shortstop, but he doesn't do enough with the bat or on the basepaths to be a fantasy option (.257, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 34 runs, 3 SB in 96 games).
Evan Gattis, C7/24/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is just 1-for-7 since his return from the disabled list, but has a favorable matchup Thursday.
Insight: Gattis was dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He's 5-for-7 (.714) versus Miami starter Henderson Alvarez. Gattis has a .286 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .884 OPS this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1BCold7/23/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman came into Wednesday with one hit in his last 24 at-bats, zero homers since June 27 and three hits in 23 career at-bats against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi, so of course he went deep off Eovaldi in the second inning.
Insight: It appears Freeman was "due." He'll try to keep it going Thursday against Henderson Alvarez (6-5, 2.64 ERA).
Ervin Santana, SP7/23/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings in a win over the Marlins Wednesday night.
Insight: Santana (9-6, 3.87 ERA) has a career-high chase rate and a career-low contact rate, which have resulted in his best K/9 since 2008 (7.81). He's allowed just 0.66 HR/9 after giving up at least 0.93 HR/9 in every season in his career.
Freddie Freeman, 1BCold7/23/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Fantasy owners should avoid Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman on Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Freeman is 1-for-24 (.042) over his last six games, hasn't homered since June 27 and has a .130 average (3-for-23) against Wednesday's starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Jason Heyward, RFHot7/23/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has batted .395 with 10 RBI over his last 11 games and he has a .455 career average against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Heyward is 10-for-22 with two doubles and a triple against the Miami right-hander. He could be a good option Wednesday.
Jason Heyward, RFHot7/22/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has collected multiple hits in six of his last eight games.
Insight: Heyward went 2-for-4 with three RBI Tuesday against the Marlins. He's batting .258 with nine home runs, 42 RBI, 49 runs, 11 steals and a .726 OPS on the year.
Justin Upton, LFHot7/22/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton launched his 18th homer of the season Tuesday against Miami.
Insight: Upton has gone 20-for-57 (.351) with seven doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in his last 15 games.
Mike Minor, SPCold7/22/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor was roughed up again Tuesday against the Marlins. He gave up 10 hits and six runs in three innings.
Insight: Over his last eight starts, Minor has allowed 68 hits (8 HR), 14 walks and 36 earned runs in 42 1/3 innings (7.65 ERA, 1.94 WHIP). The 26-year-old was excellent last season, going 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, but nothing's gone right in 2014. He began the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and has gone 3-6 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.
Julio Teheran, SP7/21/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran struck out 11 batters and gave up one run on four hits in seven innings Monday against the Marlins.
Insight: Teheran has been outstanding all season, going 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, and he's struck out 9.06 batters per nine innings over his last 15 starts after fanning 5.44 in April.
Freddie Freeman, 1BCold7/21/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 1-for-21 in his last five games.
Insight: Freeman is still hitting .285 on the year, but he's been stuck on 13 homers since June 27.
Justin Upton, LF7/21/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Despite being listed as questionable for Monday's game against Miami with tightness in left triceps, Braves left fielder Justin Upton is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He left Sunday's game because of the injury. Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .282 with 17 HR and 49 RBI, including five consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Justin Upton, LF7/21/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is questionable for Monday's game against Miami with tightness in left triceps.
Insight: he left Sunday's game because of the injury. Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .282 with 17 HR and 49 RBI, including five consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Evan Gattis, C7/21/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) is expected to return Monday against Miami.
Insight: Gattis was dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season and should be re-installed into all lineups.
Alex Wood, SPHot7/20/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood struck out eight batters and gave up one run on three hits over six innings Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Wood (7-7, 3.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) has gone 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP and 27 Ks in 31 1/3 innings since he returned from the minors.
Chris Johnson, 3BHot7/20/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson hit his fourth home run in the past five games Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Johnson hit just three home runs in his first 90 games this season after putting 12 on the board in 142 games last year.
Jason Heyward, RF7/20/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward hasn't been able to solve Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Heyward has gone 5-for-28 (.179) with seven strikeouts against Kendrick, Sunday's opposing starter.
Freddie Freeman, 1B 7/20/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has gone 0-for-12 in his last three games, but he's smashed Kyle Kendrick in the past.
Insight: Freeman is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a homer and four walks against the Phillies starter.
Jason Heyward, RF7/18/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward had his fourth straight two-hit game Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Heyward also hit his first home run since June 15, No. 9 on the season. The right fielder has batted .315 in July and .257 in 2014.
Evan Gattis, C7/16/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis is dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He's expected to play 3-4 games in the minors before returning to the Braves' lineup. Gattis has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season.
Tommy LaStella, 2B 7/13/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella had three hits and three RBI Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: La Stella has batted .292 in his first 154 major league at-bats, but he has zero home runs and just two steals. While he's a huge upgrade over Dan Uggla and Tyler Pastornicky, he's not a good fantasy option.
Chris Johnson, 3BHot7/13/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday against Chicago.
Insight: Johnson has hit three home runs in the past two games after hitting three all of last season before that.
Chris Johnson, 3B7/12/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has been a disappointment for most of the season, but not Saturday.
Insight: Johnson blasted two home runs and knocked in four. Unfortunately, he's still batting just .272, a far cry from last season when he posted a .321 batting average.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot7/12/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-14 (.583) with two home runs and a 1.643 OPS against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: The two-time All-Star has been hot of late, batting .356 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .300. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 52 runs.
Aaron Harang, SP7/10/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang got back to pitching as he did in the early portion of the season, going seven strong innings yielding just four hits and one run.
Insight: Harang improved to 9-6 with an ERA of 3.53. Fantasy owners and Braves fans need to see more of this version of Harang.
Jason Heyward, RF 7/9/2014 1:09:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is 8-for-21 (.381) with a homer and six walks against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Heyward went 3-for-4 Tuesday but has gone just 10-for-57 (.175) with two extra-base hits in his last 17 games and is hitting .247 with a .705 OPS on the year. He should only be used when the matchup is perfect, and Wednesday is one of those occasions.
Evan Gattis, C7/7/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) isn't ready to start baseball activities yet, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis is dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back and is unlikely to be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break. He has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season.
Ervin Santana, SP7/4/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since June 7 with 7 1/3 strong innings (6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) Friday against Arizona.
Insight: Santana had a 1.99 ERA in his first six starts before hitting a rough patch from May 16 to June 12 (6.44 ERA), but he's recorded a 3.46 ERA and 25 Ks in his last 26 innings.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/4/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Heyward has been scuffling of late, batting just .111 over his last 12 games. Avoid this matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/4/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-12 (.583) with a 1.583 OPS against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Freeman has been hot of late, batting .317 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .290. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 44 runs.
Julio Teheran, SP7/2/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran limited the Mets to four hits and one run over seven innings to earn his eighth win of the year Wednesday night.
Insight: Teheran was very good as a rookie last year and he's been one of the top starters in the National League this season. In 126 innings, he's posted a 108/26 K/BB, a 2.29 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
Mike Minor, SPCold7/1/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor's struggles continued Tuesday as he didn't even get out of the fifth inning against the Mets (4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR).
Insight: Minor has allowed 22 earned runs on 45 hits (7 HR) and nine walks in his last 26 1/3 innings (7.52 ERA, 2.05 WHIP).
Evan Gattis, C6/30/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is heading to the disabled list with a bulging thoracic disc in his back, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Gattis will be given an epidural Tuesday to speed up the healing process. For now, he's out indefinitely. He has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season.
Evan Gattis, C6/30/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis has not played since leaving Friday's game with back spasms and is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Initial x-rays were negative, but he's expected to have an MRI on Monday in Atlanta, according to David O'Brien of AJC. Gattis is tied with Justin Upton for team lead in home runs with 16.
Justin Upton, LF6/30/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton should be avoided on Monday night in an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .278 with 16 HR and 46 RBI, but he's hitless in 12 tries against Mets starter Zack Wheeler with five strikeouts.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot6/30/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 6-for-11 (.545) with a 1.576 OPS against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Freeman has been hot of late, batting .346 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .291. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 41 runs.
Evan Gattis, C6/29/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis left Friday's game with back spasms, did not play Saturday and isn't expected to be in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: E-rays were negative, but he's expected to have an MRI on Monday in Atlanta, according to David O'Brien of AJC. Gattis is tied with Justin Upton for team lead in home runs with 16.
Justin Upton, LF 6/28/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has gone 8-for-23 with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI during a six-game hitting streak.
Insight: Upton went 4-for-33 (.121) from June 11 to June 21 and dealt with some dizziness due to sinus pressure from June 18-20, but he's back on track.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot6/28/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman walked three times and scored four runs Saturday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Freeman went 9-for-57 (.158) from May 30 to June 14 and watched his average fall to .272, but he's batted .370 with six doubles, a triple, two homers, five RBI and 13 runs in 13 games since then.
Ervin Santana, SP6/28/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana has allowed eight earned runs over his last 18 2/3 innings after giving up six runs in 6 1/3 on June 12 at Colorado.
Insight: Santana has a 3.27 FIP and a career-low 72.5 percent contact rate, but he's been hit hard at times (26.8 LD%) and owns a 4.05 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/27/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman delivered three hits including his 13th home run of the season Friday in a win against Philadelphia.
Insight: He drove in all four Atlanta runs. Freeman's numbers are down from last season but not by much. He'll have value as long as he stays healthy.
Evan Gattis, C6/27/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis left Friday's game with back spasms. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He left in the first inning. Gerald Laird (.213, 0 HR, 5 RBI) has come on to catch starter Julio Teheran.
Tommy LaStella, 2BCold6/27/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella will sit after his fifth consecutive hitless game. Dan Uggla will get the start Friday night against Philadelphia.
Insight: La Stella exploded onto the scene, hitting .333 in his first 20 games, but is 1-for-21 over his last six games which isn't a fantasy-worthy level.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/26/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was questionable for Thursday's game against Houston with a right elbow issue, but is in the starting lineup.
Insight: Freeman was hit on the elbow with a pitch in Wednesday's game. The first baseman is batting .286 with 12 homers, 37 RBI, 50 runs and an .870 OPS. Hopefully, this won't effect his swing.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/26/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is questionable for Thursday's game against Houston with a right elbow issue.
Insight: Freeman was hit on the elbow with a pitch in Wednesday's game. The first baseman is batting .286 with 12 homers, 37 RBI, 50 runs and an .870 OPS. Hopefully, this won't effect his swing.
Alex Wood, SP6/25/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood improved to 6-6 with Wednesday's win over Houston.
Insight: Wood kept the Astros off the scoreboard while only allowing three hits in seven innings. With Gavin Floyd (broken elbow) out for the year, Wood (6-6, 3.07 ERA) should be able to keep his spot in the starting rotation.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/25/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit his first home run since June 8 Tuesday at Houston.
Insight: Upton missed time last week due to dizziness caused by sinus pressure and hit .135 in the 37 at-bats prior to last night.
Gavin Floyd, SP6/22/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: It appears Atlanta starter Gavin Floyd is headed for season-ending surgery. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Floyd suffered a broken elbow on Thursday and landed on the DL a day later. Assuming his year is done, he'll finish the season 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA in nine starts.
Evan Gattis, CHot6/22/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis extended his hitting streak to 20 games Saturday in a win over Washington.
Insight: Gattis leads all big league catchers in home runs (16), is second in RBI (39) and would be third in batting average (.298) if he had enough at bats to qualify. Gattis has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing year for the Braves.
Julio Teheran, SP6/21/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R) racked up ten strikeouts Saturday in a loss to Washington.
Insight: That's his most since last August when he had 11 against Colorado. Despite a 2.41 ERA and a magnificent .207 batting average against, Teheran is only 6-5 on the year.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/21/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is back in the starting lineup. He's missed the last few games because of dizziness. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Doctors found that Upton's dizziness was being caused by sinus pressure. Upton has had a rough go of it in June, batting .189 in his last 53 at bats. We'd be hesitant to start him today against the Nationals.
Justin Upton, LF6/20/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton (dizziness) arrived to the ballpark Friday feeling worse than he had in the past couple of days. The Braves have sent him to undergo tests. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, mlb.com.
Insight: Upton (.276, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness due to an inner ear issue and has been dealing with symptoms over the past few days. He pinch hit Thursday but is now out indefinitely.
Alex Wood, SP6/20/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood will return from the minors to start Wednesday against the Astros, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Wood had a 3.00 ERA and a 44/9 K/BB over 45 innings in his first seven starts this season, but the Braves moved him to the bullpen to accommodate Gavin Floyd. Floyd fractured his elbow Thursday night, so Wood will rejoin the rotation and should be added in all leagues.
Justin Upton, LF6/20/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton didn't start Thursday, but did pinch hit and is probable for Friday's game against Washington
Insight: Upton (.276, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness due to an inner ear issue and has been dealing with symptoms over the past few days.
Gavin Floyd, SP6/19/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Gavin Floyd has been diagnosed with a fracture of the olecranon (the bony point) in his right elbow.
Insight: He left Thursday's start with the injury. A close-up of Floyd's elbow revealed a swollen bump near the tip of the elbow. Floyd has gone 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2013. Alex Wood is likely to replace him in the rotation and should be added immediately.
Gavin Floyd, SP6/19/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Gavin Floyd left Thursday's game against the Nationals with an elbow injury.
Insight: A close-up of Floyd's elbow revealed a bump that resembled bursitis, which wouldn't be the worst thing for a pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in May 2013.
Justin Upton, LF6/19/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is out again Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Upton (.278, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness due to an inner ear issue and is still dealing with symptoms.
Justin Upton, LF6/19/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton sat out Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies, but hopes to be ready for Thursday's game against Washington.
Insight: Upton (.278, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left last night's game after feeling light-headed and still had symptoms on Wednesday. He's been much better at home (.333, 10 HR, 1.043 OPS) than on the road this season (.212, 4 HR, 10 RBI, .649 OPS).
Aaron Harang, SP6/18/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang gave up 13 hits, three walks and nine runs (eight earned) in five innings Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Harang (5-6, 3.83 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) has thrown 12 quality starts in 15 turns through the rotation this season but allowed 32 hits and 21 earned runs over 15 innings in his three worst outings. It's only a matter of time before the team brings talented young left-hander Alex Wood back up to replace Harang in the rotation.
Evan Gattis, CHot6/18/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a two-run homer in the first inning Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Gattis has gone 27-for-69 (.391) with eight home runs and 20 RBI during the streak. He's hitting .294 with 16 home runs and 38 RBI this season.
Jonny Venters, RP6/18/2014 12:47:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters won't be back for another 4-to-6 weeks. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He was recently given a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow. A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
B.J. Upton, CF6/18/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is getting the afternoon off Wednesday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Braves on Twitter
Insight: For only the second time this season, the Braves will feature a lineup without any of the two Upton brothers. B.J. has been the least productive of the two, batting just .209 in 66 games.
Justin Upton, LF6/18/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is sitting out Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Upton (.278, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left last night's game after feeling light-headed. Perhaps he'll be back for Thursday's game versus Washington.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/17/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Upton went 0-for-3 before exiting and is 10-for-52 (.192) with one home run, four RBI and 16 Ks in June.
Evan Gattis, C6/17/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against kyle Kendrick and the Phillies.
Insight: Routine day off. Gattis is having a great season, adding a solid batting average (.296) to the power he showed us last season. He's blasted 15 homers in 189 at-bats this season and should easily top last year's 21 home run total.
Justin Upton, LF6/17/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is 5-for-14 (.357) with two homers against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Upton started the season strong, batting .326 in April with eight homers, but he has been heading in the wrong direction since, batting .277 in May and .204 in June.
David Carpenter, RP6/17/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever David Carpenter is questionable for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia due to tightness in his right biceps.
Insight: Other than the occasional save when Craig Kimbrel gets the day off, Carpenter has little fantasy value as a setup guy unless your league utilizes holds (10).
B.J. Upton, CF6/16/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton could be given a day off Monday with an unfavorable matchup on the horizon.
Insight: Upton (.209, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 10 SB) had a solid series against Anaheim, but is hitless in 12 tries against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels. Avoid him even if he's in the lineup.
Evan Gattis, CHot6/15/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis homered for the fifth time this month Saturday night against the Angels.
Insight: We knew Gattis had power -- he hit 21 homers in 354 at-bats last season -- but he's exceeded expectations in that category with 15 jacks in 181 at-bats while also hitting .293. He caught 11 innings Saturday before coming out for a pinch-runner, so he likely won't start Sunday.
Jason Heyward, RF6/14/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (hand) is in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Heyward left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch on his right hand. He has hit .296 with four homers, 12 RBI, 14 runs and an .888 OPS in his last 17 games, but he's still hitting just .254 with a .715 OPS this season.
Jason Heyward, RF6/13/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has been diagnosed with a bruised hand. SOURCE: Braves on Twitter
Insight: Heyward's X-rays came back negative. He shouldn't miss more than a game or two.
Jason Heyward, RF6/13/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward had to leave Friday's game after getting hit by a pitch. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, 680 The Fan
Insight: Heyward (.254, 7 HR, 23 RBI) is headed for X-rays on his right hand. Jordan Schafer (.182, 0 HR, 2 RBI) has come on to take Heyward's place in right field.
Evan Gattis, C6/12/2014 1:06:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Thursday's starting lineup. Gerald laird will be behind the plate.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off after a night game. Gattis is batting .279 with 13 homers, 31 RBI and an .886 OPS.
Justin Upton, LF6/12/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is just 1-for-16 (.063) with 10 strikeouts against Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Upton returned to the lineup Wednesday after a hamstring injury forced him to leave Tuesday's game early. Thursday would be a good opportunity to give his hamstring additional rest. Update: Upton is not in the starting lineup.
Justin Upton, LF6/12/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is just 1-for-16 (.063) with 10 strikeouts against Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Upton returned to the lineup Wednesday after a hamstring injury forced him to leave Tuesday's game early. Thursday would be a good opportunity to give his hamstring additional rest.
Mike Minor, SP6/11/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor gave up 11 hits and eight earned runs over four innings Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Atlanta gave Minor a 7-0 lead before he even stepped on the mound and a 10-6 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, but he couldn't stick around long enough to get a win. He went into Tuesday with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP, but he stands at 4.31 and 1.42 after Tuesday. There aren't many pitchers you want to use against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Andrelton Simmons, SS6/11/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit a grand slam off Juan Nicasio in the first inning Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Simmons is baseball's best defensive shortstop, but he doesn't do enough with the bat or on the basepaths to be a fantasy option.
Evan Gattis, C6/11/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis had three hits, including a homer, two RBI, a walk and four runs scored Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Entering the game, Gattis only had 18 runs all season despite hitting 12 homers. He's up to .280 with 13 homers, 31 RBI and an .895 OPS following his big night on Tuesday.
Chris Johnson, 3B6/11/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has gone 6-for-9 in his last two games.
Insight: Johnson is still hitting just .267 with two homers, 16 RBI, 13 runs and a .622 OPS. He batted .321 last year but that was boosted by a .394 BABIP. He's hit .339 on balls in play this year and his strikeout rate is up from 21.2 percent to 24.6 percent. You can probably do better at third base in your fantasy league.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/11/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman homered for the second time in three games Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Freeman has a line-drive rate of 34 percent, so while his BABIP of .317 is still above the league average he's actually been a bit unlucky. He's hit just .143 on grounders and .619 on line drives. The first baseman should be a .300 hitter in the long run, and he's also on pace for a career-high 28 homers.
Justin Upton, LF6/10/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton exited Tuesday's game with a strained left hamstring, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Upton went 1-for-1 and scored a run before leaving the game. He's listed as day-to-day. Jordan Schafer replaced him in left field.
Alex Wood, SP6/10/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: The Braves have optioned left-hander Alex Wood to Triple-A Gwinnett to stretch him out.
Insight: Wood had a 3.00 ERA and a 44/9 K/BB over 45 innings in his first seven starts this season, but the Braves moved him to the bullpen to accommodate Gavin Floyd. He's posted a 4.70 ERA in 15 1/3 innings as a reliever, though he actually won more games out of the bullpen than he did as a starter. It's unclear when he'll be back or whom he'll replace in Atlanta's rotation.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/10/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 5-for-9 with three homers among his five extra-base hits against Colorado starter Juan Nicasio.
Insight: Freeman has struggled over the past two weeks (.200, 1 HR), but this matchup should wake up hit bat.
Ervin Santana, SP 6/8/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana had his best start in nearly a month Saturday at Arizona.
Insight: Santana (5-2, 3.69 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) gave up one run (zero earned) on six hits in seven innings. The right-hander had allowed 20 earned runs on 30 hits with 10 walks over 23 innings his previous four starts. Santana allowed more than 1.0 homers per nine innings in every season from 2009-13, but he's given up just 0.64 in 70 2/3 innings this season, his first in the NL.
B.J. Upton, CF6/6/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton won't start Friday against the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: Jody Jackson, Fox Sports Arizona
Insight: Upton (.217, 5 HR, 15 RBI) left the team to see the birth of his child but he should be available off the bench. Jordan Schafer (.129, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will fill in at center field.
Mike Minor, SP6/4/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor struck out 10 batters and allowed only one run over seven innings Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners, but he walked away with a loss.
Insight: Atlanta couldn't muster a run against Hisashi Iwakuma or Seattle's bullpen. Minor has a 3.07 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and a 40/12 K/BB in 44 innings this season but is 2-4.
Jordan Walden, RP6/3/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Atlanta relief pitcher Jordan Walden (hamstring) is throwing off a mound.
Insight: His fantasy value is limited as long as Craig Kimbrel is healthy, but he's always going to be a high strikeout-per-inning guy. He's got a 2.92 ERA. 1.14 WHIP and 19 Ks in 12 1/3 IP this season.
Justin Upton, LF6/1/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is getting a breather Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Despite 65 strikeouts in 193 at-bats, Upton has hit .301 with 13 homers, 33 RBI and a .955 OPS. He's been able to avoid the extended slumps that plagued him in 2013.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/1/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finally picked up his first hit against the Marlins this season Saturday, but he hasn't had success against Sunday's starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Freeman is just 1-for-32 (.031) with 12 Ks against the Marlins this season compared to 60-for-173 (.347) with 28 Ks against everyone else. He's 3-for-20 (.150) against Eovaldi.
Jason Heyward, RFHot6/1/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has been heating up and will get to face Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi on Sunday.
Insight: Heyward is 8-for-18 (.444) lifetime against Eovaldi with two doubles and a triple. He's batted .320 with a triple, three home runs, 10 walks, 11 runs and three steals in his last 19 games.
Craig Kimbrel, RP5/31/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel tied John Smoltz's franchise record by earning his 154th save Saturday against the Marlins.
Insight: He's converted six save opportunities in a row, allowing just one unearned run over that span. Kimbrel, who is now in his fifth MLB season, is 12th among active players in saves.
Evan Gattis, C5/31/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gattis was hit twice last night and might be a bit sore. He's been a very good source of power for fantasy owners with 10 homers and 22 RBI in 41 games.
Jason Heyward, RFHot5/30/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has gone 23-for-71 (.324) with a triple, three homers, six RBI, eight walks and 10 runs in his last 18 games.
Insight: Heyward has raised his average 40 points in that span. He's up to .246 after going 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI Friday night.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/29/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Boston. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, 680 The Fan
Insight: Simmons (.266, 4 HR, 13 RBI) tweaked his ankle earlier this week but only had to miss one game. He's never gotten a hit against tonight's starting pitcher Jake Peavy.
Tommy LaStella, 2B5/29/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Just promoted Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella will make another start on Thursday after going 2-for-4 in his major league debut on Wednesday night.
Insight: La Stella is a career .322 hitter with an .881 OPS and more walks than strikeouts in his minor-league career. He doesn't have much power or speed, but the Braves have received the worst production in baseball from their second basemen (.165/.253/.250).
Justin Upton, LFHot5/29/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is a career 6-for-9 (.667) with a triple and home run against Boston right-hander Jake Peavy.
Insight: Upton has batted .400 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .309 with 13 HR and 33 RBI. Thursday's matchup should continue the upward climb.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/29/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons exited Tuesday's game, missed Wednesday's contest, but could be ready to go on Thursday.
Insight: Simmons has dealt with it for the past few weeks, according to a Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. He's batting .266 with four homers, 13 RBI and 12 run scored.
Evan Gattis, C5/28/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is back in the starting nine for Wednesday's game against Boston. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Gattis strained his wrist in batting practice yesterday but his X-rays came back negative and it looks like he's good to go. His ten home runs lead all major league catchers this season.
Tommy LaStella, 2B5/28/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: The Braves have promoted second baseman Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Insight: La Stella is a career .322 hitter with an .881 OPS and more walks than strikeouts in his minor-league career. He doesn't have much power or speed but could be a Matt Carpenter type of player. The Braves have received the worst production in baseball out of their second basemen (.165/.253/.250).
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/27/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons exited Tuesday's game with right ankle inflammation, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: He's considered day-to-day. Simmons went 2-for-3 Tuesday and is hitting .266 with four home runs, 12 runs and a .693 OPS this year.
Jason Heyward, RF5/27/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward hit a leadoff homer Tuesday against Boston but didn't have a hit in his last four at-bats.
Insight: Heyward had 27 homers and 21 stolen bases in 2012, but he has hit just 18 home runs and stolen 10 bases since then. He's batting .240 with a .670 OPS and four home runs and eight steals this year.
Evan Gattis, C5/27/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a strained right wrist, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis suffered the injury during batting practice. He's batted .368 with three home runs in 19 at-bats against left-handers this season, so Boston starter Jon Lester catches a break.
Evan Gattis, C5/26/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: After smacking two homers Sunday against the Padres, Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis will sit on Monday in the opener versus Boston.
Insight: Gattis is only batting .248, but with 10 homers and an .822 OPS fantasy owners can't complain. Laird (.208, 0 HR, 3 RBI) can't produce those types of numbers and should be avoided.
Evan Gattis, C5/25/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis clubbed two homers Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Gattis is only batting .248, but with 10 homers and an .822 OPS fantasy owners can't complain.
Evan Gattis, C5/24/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis returned to the lineup Saturday against Colorado.
Insight: He needed almost a week to recover from the flu. Gattis hasn't hit for a high average this season (.246 in 122 at bats) but his eight homers lead all major league catchers.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/24/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman loves facing Colorado right-hander Juan Nicasio.
Insight: Freeman is 5-for-8 (.625) with a double, triple, three home runs and seven RBI in their matchups. He's having another good season (.303, 9 HR, 28 RBI) and is a must-start on Saturday.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/23/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was pulled in the third inning Friday against Colorado.
Insight: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, manager Fredi Gonzalez will address his decision to remove Johnson after the game. Johnson (.265, 1 HR, 9 RBI) struck out in his only at bat of the night.
Evan Gattis, CCold5/23/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (illness) is still not back in the starting lineup while dealing with an illness and Gerald Laird will make a fourth consecutive start.
Insight: Gattis started the season strong, but has struggled lately and is batting .246 on the season with eight homers. Unfortunately, he's hit just one long ball and batted .178 since May 2.
Evan Gattis, C5/22/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (illness) is still not back in the starting lineup while dealing with an illness.
Insight: Gerald Laird will get another start. Gattis started the season strong, but has struggled lately and is batting .246 on the season with eight homers. Unfortunately, he's hit just one long ball and batted .178 since May 2.
Chris Johnson, 3BCold5/22/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson is 5-for-9 with a pair of homers versus Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: The .321 batting average and .800 plus OPS is a distant memory as he's batting just .255 with no power. We're not sure he can take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Evan Gattis, CCold5/21/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (illness) is not in the lineup Wednesday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Gattis hasn't had a good month. He's batted .208 with two homers and a .687 OPS after hitting .286 with six home runs and an .891 OPS in April and was scratched from the lineup due to a virus on Tuesday.
Chris Johnson, 3BCold5/21/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson hasn't fared well against Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: He's 2-for-16 against him with 2 K's. Johnson is just one for his last 17, dropping his average all the way down to .261. With Lohse throwing for the Brew Crew on Wednesday, Johnson's slump is only going to get worse.
Justin Upton, LF5/21/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton has been pitiful against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: He owns a .100 batting average against Lohse in 20 lifetime at bats. Upton (.288, 12 HR, 25 RBI) has homered in three straight games for the Braves but we doubt he'll continue that trend Wednesday versus Lohse.
Justin Upton, LFHot5/20/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton homered for the third straight game Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Insight: He was 3-for-24 from May 9-17, but he's gone 5-for-10 with three homers, six RBI and two walks in his last three games.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/20/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has gone 8-for-16 (.500) in his last four games.
Insight: Simmons hit his fourth homer of the season Tuesday and is up to .285 with a .754 OPS this year. However, he has just 12 RBI, 12 runs and zero steals.
Julio Teheran, SPHot5/20/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran threw his second shutout of the 2014 season Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Teheran struck out eight and walked two in a six-hitter. It was a strong performance following his worst start of 2014 -- 3 1/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 7 H, 5 BB on May 14. The 23-year-old Teheran is 3-3 with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP this season.
Evan Gattis, CCold5/20/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to an illness, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis hasn't had a good month. He's batted .208 with two homers and a .687 OPS after hitting .286 with six home runs and an .891 OPS in April. Gerald Laird started at catcher against the Brewers.
Jason Heyward, RF5/20/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward continues to disappoint fantasy owners.
Insight: Heyward's production continues to fall from a high in 2012 (.269, 27 HR, 82 RBI, 21 SB, .814 OPS). His current numbers almost make him a candidate to drop - .228, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 SB, .650 OPS. Where has all that "potential" gone?
Justin Upton, LF 5/19/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: He was 3-for-24 in his previous seven games, but he's reached base in five of eight plate appearances over the past two days. The strikeouts may catch up to him and cause his batting average to drop from .282, but he's provided 11 homers, 22 RBI and 24 runs this year.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot5/19/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman homered for the second straight game Monday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Freeman hit 21-23 homers in each of the previous three years, but the 24-year-old has taken a step forward in the power department and already has nine home runs this year while hitting .317.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/19/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has gone 0-for-13 with five Ks over his last three games.
Insight: Johnson started off May 20-for-53 (.378) after hitting .230 in April, but his season average is back down to .261. The third baseman hit .321 last year, but it was supported by an insane .394 BABIP.
Tyler Pastornicky, 2B5/19/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Tyler Pastornicky is questionable for Monday's game against Milwaukee due to a sore left calf.
Insight: Pastornicky has no fantasy value, batting .207 with zero homers, two RBI and no steals in 18 games.
Jonny Venters, RP5/18/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters recently had a throwing session cut short after feeling soreness in his left elbow. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He's been shut down for the time being. Venters hasn't pitched in the big leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/18/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Braves 1B Freddie Freeman had a productive outing Sunday against the Cardinals (3-for-3, HR, 3 RBI).
Insight: We've come to expect this type of production from Steady Freddie. The 24-year-old is hitting an impressive .314 this season with eight jacks and 27 RBI. He should be a lock for his second straight All-Star appearance.
Alex Wood, SP5/18/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: The Braves called an audible and kept left-hander Alex Wood in the bullpen while Aaron Harang started Saturday.
Insight: Wood was moved to the bullpen after starting on May 4 because manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to keep Gavin Floyd on a set schedule following Tommy John surgery. He was initially expected to start on May 17, but the Braves had him throw 2 2/3 innings out of the bullpen on May 14. Wood has a 3.26 ERA and 52 Ks in 49 2/3 innings this year, so fantasy owners have lost a valuable starter for the time being.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/18/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is not in the lineup Sunday after striking out four times Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Upton's new pair of glasses has not helped him get back on track. He has gone 6-for-35 (.171) with a whopping 22 strikeouts in his last 11 games.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/17/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton picked up a Golden Sombrero Saturday at St. Louis.
Insight: So much for a new pair of glasses helping Upton get back on track. He has gone 6-for-35 (.171) with a whopping 22 strikeouts in his last 11 games.
Justin Upton, LFCold5/17/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has gone 3-for-24 (.125) over his last seven games.
Insight: All the strikeouts have caught up to Upton and he's downto .273 on the season. His strikeout rate is a career-worst 31.9 percent.
Aaron Harang, SP5/17/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang has allowed two earned runs in each of his last three starts and struck out 22 batters over 18 innings in that span.
Insight: Harang ended April on a down note when he gave up nine runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings, but he's 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA, a 1.16 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings this season. Harang's career K/9 is 7.34, but it's 9.77 this year.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/17/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-3 with a double Saturday at St. Louis.
Insight: Simmons went 26-for-90 (.289) with three home runs and three strikeouts prior to May, but he's gone 12-for-48 (.250) with zero homers and nine Ks this month.
Mike Minor, SP5/14/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Braves lefty Mike Minor kept the Giants off the scoreboard Tuesday for his first win of the season.
Insight: He only let up three hits in 6 2/3 innings. The win was Minor's first since Game 2 of the National League Division Series last October. Minor's next start isn't until Tuesday.
Justin Upton, LF5/12/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is back in the lineup after missing Sunday's game with a bruised back. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, Braves Radio Network
Insight: Upton returns to nine homers and a .296 batting average. He's a .216 career hitter against tonight's starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum (2-2, 5.55 ERA).
Justin Upton, LF5/12/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton, who was hit by a pitch from Jeff Samardzija in his lower back during Saturday's game, and is questionable for Monday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Upton did not play on Sunday. He's batting .296 with nine homers, 19 RBI and 21 runs scored and was hot this past week batting .357 for four games.
Justin Upton, LF5/11/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton was hit by a pitch from Jeff Samardzija in his lower back during Saturday's game and had to exit, leaving him questionable for Sunday.
Insight: Upton would be a solid fantasy option on Sunday if in the lineup with a career .545 batting average versus Edwin Jackson. Upton leads the league in strikeouts, not good when you aren't a pitcher, but does have nine homers and 19 RBI.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/11/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-11 with two homers and a 2.091 OPS against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Freeman is batting .311 with six homers, 20 RBI and a career-high .904 OPS in 2014.
Ervin Santana, SPHot5/10/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana blanked Chicago over seven innings Saturday in his return from a bruised thumb. He struck out seven batters with one walk and is now 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP this season
Insight: Santana missed his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Giants with the injury, which he suffered when Reds starter Homer Bailey jammed him with a pitch during an at-bat on April 25. He's allowed two home runs in 40 2/3 innings, two seasons after giving up 39 in 178 for the Angels. The right-hander has allowed at least 21 home runs in each of his last eight seasons.
Justin Upton, LF5/10/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton was hit by a pitch from Jeff Samardzija in his lower back during Saturday's game and had to exit. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Upton hurt his back earlier in the night when he ran in from the outfield to help out with a long rundown and took the brunt of a collision, but he was able to stay in the game. Fantasy owners have to hope the HBP from Samardzija didn't cause any fractures for Upton. UPDATE: The Braves are calling Upton's injury a lower-back contusion.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/10/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is hitless in six at-bats versus Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija with three whiffs.
Insight: Freeman continues to improve so this small sample size would not make us take him out of the lineup. Just don't expect a lot on Saturday. He is batting .321 with six homers, 20 RBI and a career-high .930 OPS in 2014.
Julio Teheran, SPHot5/9/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran tossed a gem Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Teheran (2-2, 1.71 ERA, 0.81 WHIP) gave up just one hit (solo homer) and struck out nine in eight innings but took a no decision. The right-hander has been brilliant all season and he's started to bring his strikeout rate up after fanning just 13 batters in his first 28 innings. In his last 30 frames, he has struck out 29 batters.
Alex Wood, SP5/9/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves left-hander Alex Wood will move to the bullpen for a brief time but will start on May 17 at St. Louis. Manager Fredi Gonzalez will make a decision regarding the rotation following that game.
Insight: Aaron Harang will take Wood's place in the rotation on Sunday against the Cubs. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to keep Gavin Floyd in the rotation so he remains on a consistent schedule following Tommy John surgery last year, and he doesn't want to use a six-man rotation so someone will be the odd man out after May 17. The 23-year-old Wood has a 3.00 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 44/9 K/BB in 45 innings this season, so fantasy owners would be losing a valuable starter if he's moved to the bullpen for an extended period of time.
Alex Wood, SP5/9/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Braves lefty Alex Wood will officially be moved to the bullpen after Sunday's start against the Cubs, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to keep Gavin Floyd in the rotation so he remains on a consistent schedule following Tommy John surgery last year. Wood has a 3.00 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 44/9 K/BB in 45 innings this season, so fantasy owners will be losing a valuable starter. We expect the 23-year-old to be back in the rotation at some point because he's simply better than Aaron Harang and Floyd.
Dan Uggla, 2BCold5/8/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: For now, the Braves are going to go with a platoon of Tyler Pastornicky and Ramiro Pena at second base. SOURCE: Braves.com
Insight: That doesn't bode well for Uggla, who would appear to be out of a starting job. Uggla (.184, 2 HR, 10 RBI) has been a disaster for years now and it could be time for the Braves to cut their losses and move on from him. Pastornicky (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and Pena (.229, 2 HR, 4 RBI) don't figure to be appealing fantasy options.
Alex Wood, SP5/8/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Braves lefty Alex Wood will start Sunday against the Cubs, but he is the most likely candidate to be dropped from the rotation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to keep Gavin Floyd in the rotation so he remains on a consistent schedule following Tommy John surgery last year. Wood has a 3.00 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 44/9 K/BB in 45 innings this season, so fantasy owners would be losing a valuable starter if he goes to the bullpen. We expect the 23-year-old to be back in the rotation at some point this season, probably in place of Aaron Harang.
Gavin Floyd, SP5/7/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: The Braves have decided to keep right-hander Gavin Floyd in the starting rotation. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Floyd pitched well in his season debut Tuesday against St. Louis, allowing just one earned run over seven innings. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the decision is health related and that Floyd, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, would be better served pitching once every five days. Alex Wood (2-5, 3.00 ERA) is expected to be dropped from the rotation.
Ervin Santana, SP5/7/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Ervin Santana (thumb) will start Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: Santana (3-0, 2.41 ERA) missed his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Giants due to a bruised thumb. He suffered the injury when Reds starter Homer Bailey jammed him with a pitch during an at-bat on April 25 and dealt with swelling near the end of his start last Thursday at Miami. Gavin Floyd started in his place Tuesday.
Tommy LaStella, 2B5/7/2014 1:37:00 PM
Description: Braves second base prospect Tommy La Stella is batting .311 with three doubles and an 8/11 K/BB in 29 games for Triple-A Gwinnett this season.
Insight: La Stella is a career .327 hitter with an .888 OPS and more walks than strikeouts in his minor-league career. He doesn't have much power or speed but could be a Matt Carpenter type of player. Dan Uggla is on his last legs, batting .190 with two homers this season after hitting .201 with 40 home runs in 971 at-bats the past two years.
Justin Upton, LF5/7/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton has never had a hit against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Upton homered Tuesday but has struggled to put his bat on the ball lately. In his past five games, he has gone 3-for-19 with 12 strikeouts. He's batting .296 this season, but with a 34.4 percent strikeout rate and a .403 BABIP, his average is sure to fall.
Justin Upton, LF5/6/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a homer Tuesday after beginning May with a terrible slump.
Insight: Upton entered Tuesday's game having gone 1-for-15 with 11 Ks in his previous four games. The left fielder has a nine home runs, but his .296 average is sure to fall. He has a 34.4 percent strikeout rate and a .403 BABIP.
Gavin Floyd, SP5/6/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: In his first appearance since April 2013, Braves RHP Gavin Floyd limited the Cardinals to one run on six hits in seven innings on Tuesday.
Insight: Ervin Santana (bruised thumb) is iffy for Saturday's start, but even if he cannot pitch he isn't expected to miss more time than that. That means Floyd will only remain in the rotation long term if Aaron Harang (2.98 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) begins to struggle.
Ervin Santana, SP5/6/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Ervin Santana is no longer wearing a wrap on his bruised right thumb, but he doesn't know if he'll make his next scheduled start on Saturday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Santana (3-0, 2.41 ERA) missed his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Giants. He suffered the injury when Reds starter Homer Bailey jammed him with a pitch during an at-bat on April 25 and dealt with swelling near the end of his start last Thursday at Miami. Gavin Floyd started in his place Tuesday.
Dan Uggla, 2BCold5/6/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: After going 3-for-31 (.097) with 12 Ks from April 22 to May 4, Uggla took a seat Monday while Ramiro Pena started at second base. Uggla's been in a steep decline since 2012 but the Braves have stuck with him because he's signed through 2015 for $12.4 million per year. Fantasy owners don't have the same burden.
Evan Gattis, CCold5/6/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will take a seat Tuesday against the Cardinals, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: With Gattis resting, Gerald Laird will catch Gavin Floyd in the right-hander's first start since last April. Gattis is hitting .267 with seven homers, 15 RBI and an .823 OPS this season, but he's hit .160 (4-for-25) over his last eight games.
Gavin Floyd, SP5/4/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Gavin Floyd will make his Braves debut Tuesday versus St. Louis. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He'll be making a spot start in place of Ervin Santana, who was just scratched with a thumb injury. Tuesday will be Floyd's first appearance in the major leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery 12 months ago.
Ervin Santana, SP5/4/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Ervin Santana won't make his scheduled appearance Tuesday against St. Louis. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Santana (3-0, 2.41 ERA) is out with a jammed thumb. He's hoping to only miss one start. The team has announced Gavin Floyd will start in his place.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/4/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons won't be available Sunday against the Giants. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He's out for personal reasons. The team fully expects him back for Monday's series opener against St. Louis. Ramiro Pena (.200, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will start in his place.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/4/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has a miserable track record against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: He only has one hit against him in 18 at bats (.056 AVG). Uggla (.198, 2 HR, 10 RBI) has been one of the worst hitters in baseball this season and doesn't belong in any fantasy lineups.
Justin Upton, LF5/4/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton should do some damage Sunday against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: He's 9-for-20 against the left-hander with a double and a home run. Upton (.311, 8 HR, 18 RBI) is off to a sizzling start and Bumgarner (2-3, 3.74 ERA) isn't likely to stand in his way.
Gavin Floyd, SP5/2/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd will be activated from the 15-day DL Sunday against the Giants. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Floyd hasn't pitched in the big leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2013. The starting rotation is full right now but it shouldn't be too long before Floyd gets a chance to contribute.
Evan Gattis, C5/2/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Gattis is batting .286 with seven home runs and 14 RBI. With Gattis resting, Gerald Laird (.167, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will take over behind the plate for Atlanta, but he has no fantasy value.
Mike Minor, SP5/2/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor has officially been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He sat out the first month because of a shoulder injury. Minor's 3.21 ERA in 32 starts last season was 16th-best in the National League.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/2/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Chris Johnson's new three-year extension is worth $23.5 million. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Johnson joins Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran, Jason Heyward and Craig Kimbrel among the players that have signed extensions with Atlanta in the last couple months. Clearly, the Braves are in this thing for the long haul. Johnson has underperformed this season (.255, 1 HR, 4 RBI) but he did have three hits in last night's loss to Miami.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/2/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is hitless in 13 at-bats against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: He's batting .194 this season with a pair of homers and 10 RBI and should not be in any fantasy lineups.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/1/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: Braves 3B Chris Johnson is close to signing a three-year contract extension. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Johnson hasn't done much this season (.255, 1 HR, 4 RBI) but he's coming off an excellent 2013 campaign (.321, 12 HR, 68 RBI in 142 games). Obviously, it's only May and Johnson still has plenty of time to turn things around. He turns 30 in October.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot5/1/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is 5-for-9 with four extra base hits and a 1.822 OPS against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Freeman continues to improve and through the first 26 games is batting .320 with six homers, 17 RBI and a career-high .965 OPS. Add in the wind blowing out tonight and you have a must-start candidate.
Aaron Harang, SP 4/30/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang came back to Earth Wednesday at Miami, allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Insight: Harang only allowed three earned runs in his first 31 2/3 innings, but fantasy owners should have known it wasn't going to last. His career ERA in nearly 2,000 innings is above 4.20 and he's never had one lower than 3.61 in any season.
Gavin Floyd, SP4/30/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will activate Gavin Floyd from the disabled list later this weekend.
Insight: Floyd had Tommy John surgery last year and his 30-day rehab window will end Friday. He went 62-56 with a 4.12 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 754 Ks in 948 1/3 innings with the White Sox from 2008-12. However, the Braves don't currently have a spot in the rotation open -- Julio Teheran, Ervin Santana and Mike Minor (returning from DL Friday) are locked into spots, Aaron Harang leads the majors in ERA and Alex Wood had a 1.54 ERA and 35 Ks in 35 innings prior to getting hit hard by Miami on Tuesday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/30/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman hasn't had much luck against Miami starter Nate Eovaldi.
Insight: He's collected only three hits against him in 17 previous at bats (.176 AVG). Freeman (.330, 6 HR, 17 RBI) is having a good season but this isn't a good matchup for him.
Jason Heyward, RF4/30/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has a .400 lifetime average against Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi.
Insight: Heyward's monster potential makes him a player worth holding onto but not one you'd start everyday. Today, however, is a very favorable matchup that Heyward (.194, 2 HR, 7 RBI) should be able to take advantage of. If you have an outfield spot open, give Heyward a try.
Mike Minor, SP4/29/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor (shoulder) will return to the rotation Friday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Minor has been working his way back from shoulder soreness since spring training. He'll replace David Hale in the rotation.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/29/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup versus Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.
Insight: Uggla was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in their matchups. He's batting .209 this season with a pair of homers and 10 RBI. Tyler Pastornicky (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will get the start.
Chris Johnson, 3B4/29/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Johnson batted .321 last season with an .816 OPS, but is off to a slow start hitting just .241 through the first 23 games. Lightly-used Ramiro Pena (.235) will get the start at the hot Corner.
Justin Upton, LF4/29/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts against Miami ace Jose Fernandez.
Insight: Upton just had a big three-game series against Cincinnati, batting .545 with two homers, but should be avoided on Tuesday due to the bad matchup.
Julio Teheran, SPHot4/27/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran matched Reds ace Johnny Cueto pitch for pitch Sunday at Turner Field.
Insight: Teheran (2-1, 1.47 ERA) allowed just three hits across eight shutout frames. The Braves should be embarrassed with the lack of run support they've given Teheran over his last three starts. Despite a 0.38 ERA during that span, Teheran is only 1-0 with two no-decisions.
Evan Gattis, C4/27/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will take a seat Sunday against the Reds. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Gattis leads all big league catchers with six home runs this season. With Gattis resting, Gerald Laird (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will take over behind the plate for Atlanta.
Justin Upton, LFHot4/26/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton bashed three hits in Saturday's win over Cincinnati.
Insight: He also added his third stolen base. Upton (.321) has now homered in back-to-back games for the second time this season. He's tied with Freddie Freeman for the team-lead in RBI (16).
David Hale, SP4/26/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves starter David Hale looked dominant Saturday in a win over Cincinnati.
Insight: Hale allowed just two hits and one run in eight solid innings. Despite an impressive 2.31 ERA in 23 1/3 innings, fantasy owners have to be at least a little concerned with Hale's mediocre strikeout to walk ratio (15 to 11). Even more concerning is the fact that he'll probably lose his rotation spot when Mike Minor returns from a shoulder injury.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/26/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Braves 1B Freddie Freeman is hitless in eight at bats versus Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: Freeman has become a fantasy and real life star. He's batting .357 with five homers, 14 RBI and a 1.058 OPS. He exploded onto the scene last year, posting a .319 average with 23 HR and 109 RBI. This is a poor matchup.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/26/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is 4-for-10 with three homers and five RBI against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Uggla enters the game with a .215 average, two homers, one walk and 25 strikeouts in 79 at-bats this season. Still, he might be worth a flier.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/25/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Braves 1B Freddie Freeman snapped out of his first slump of the season with three hits Friday against the Reds.
Insight: Freeman went 0-for-12 with six Ks over his previous three games after hitting .397 in his first 18.
Justin Upton, LF4/25/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton hit a three-run homer Friday against the Reds.
Insight: It was Upton's only hit of the night. He's gone 7-for-37 (.189) with a whopping 20 strikeouts in his last 10 games but also had two homers and seven RBI in that stretch.
Chris Johnson, 3BCold4/25/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson should be avoided on Friday due to an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Johnson is just 1-for-12 (.083) with seven strikeouts versus Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey. He's off to a slow start batting .256 through te first 20 games after hitting .321 last season with an .816 OPS.
Ryan Doumit, C4/25/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Braves C/OF Ryan Doumit could be in for a rare start on Friday as he's a career .500 hitter (8-for-16 with a home run) against Reds right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Doumit is struggling to do much with his infrequent at-bats, but could be a nice surprise if given the chance by manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Aaron Harang, SPHot4/23/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang pitched well in a no-decision Wednesday against Miami.
Insight: This wasn't the gem he threw last week against the Mets (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K's) but Harang (3-1) was still plenty effective, racking up a season-high 11 strikeouts and allowing just one run over six innings. His 0.85 ERA this season leads the National League.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/23/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Though it hasn't kept him out of the lineup yet, Braves 1B Freddie Freeman admitted he's been struggling with dry eyes. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It's an issue Freeman has dealt with on and off throughout his career. He said he cleaned his eye lids out and should be back to normal by Friday. The issue hasn't affected Freeman's performance (.346, 5 HR, 14 RBI) so fantasy owners have no reason to be concerned.
Justin Upton, LFCold4/23/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton was given the day off on Wednesday. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Upton has encountered his first mini-slump of the season with only two hits in his last 13 at bats. Ryan Doumit (.143, 0 HR, 1 RBI) is getting the start in left field.
Justin Upton, LFCold4/22/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton has gone 6-for-32 with 19 Ks over his last eight games.
Insight: Upton went down on strikes three times in three at-bats Tuesday against the Marlins and has struck out three times in each of his last three games.
Alex Wood, SPHot4/22/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood struck out 11, walked none and gave up one run on four hits over eight innings Tuesday against the Marlins, but Jose Fernandez was a touch better.
Insight: Wood (1.54 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) has lost two straight 1-0 decisions. The 23-year-old left-hander has 35 strikeouts in 35 innings so far.
Mike Minor, SP4/22/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor will make one more start in the minors before joining the big club, according to David O'Brien of AJC.
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) underwent a urinary tract operation in late December and experienced shoulder soreness early in spring training after being unable to throw over the winter.
Jason Heyward, RF4/20/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward had an encouraging afternoon Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward finished 3-for-6 with a double and two singles as the Braves fell 4-3 in extra innings. Prior to Sunday, Heyward had just one hit in his previous 16 at bats. Even after Sunday's three-hit performance, Heyward's average is still only .171.
Mike Minor, SP4/20/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor is expected to rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Reds, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) underwent a urinary tract operation in late December and experienced shoulder soreness early in spring training after being unable to throw for a month. He threw 80 pitches in his final rehab start on Saturday.
Evan Gattis, C4/20/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will get a routine day off Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Gattis went 0-for-9 the last two games after a 9-for-13, three-homer stretch from April 12-14. He should be back in the lineup Monday.
Ervin Santana, SPHot4/19/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana allowed a run in the first inning Saturday but held the Mets scoreless for the next six innings.
Insight: Santana (2-0, 0.86 ERA, 0.81 WHIP) gave up six hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings. He's enjoyed the NL East so far, but he'll have to pitch against a non-division opponent for the first time this season versus the Reds in his next start.
Craig Kimbrel, RP4/19/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Kimbrel has been the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
Aaron Harang, SPHot4/18/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Aaron Harang tossed seven no-hit innings Friday in a win against the Mets.
Insight: Harang's pitch count got to 121 so Luis Avilan relieved him in the eighth. It's the second time this season Harang (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K's, 6 BB) has taken a no-hitter past the fifth inning. He's off to a tremendous start (3-1, 0.70 ERA) and should probably be owned in most formats.
Jason Heyward, RF4/18/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward has a career .375 batting average with a pair of homers against Jonathan Niese, but is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Heyward isn't ready to take advantage of this matchup. He's hitting just .136 this season and has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats.
Alex Wood, SP4/17/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood (8 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 7 K's, 1 BB) was a tough luck loser Thursday against the Phillies.
Insight: The only run he allowed came on a Ben Revere RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pitching dominated this series as Atlanta and Philadelphia combined for just two runs in the final two games.
Craig Kimbrel, RP4/17/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel threw a short bullpen session on Wednesday and could be back in the bullpen for Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Kimbrel has been the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
Evan Gattis, C4/17/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Evan Gattis will not start on Thursday afternoon against Philadelphia.
Insight: Gattis went 4-for-4 on Thursday night to raise his average to .378, but gets the day off to rest. No injury, just a normal scheduled day off.
Chris Johnson, 3B4/17/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson is 4-for-8 with two doubles and a home run versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: He's off to a slow start with just 14 hits in his first 50 at bats (.281, .708 OPS). He batted .321 last season with an .816 OPS.
Evan Gattis, CHot4/16/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Evan Gattis gave Atlanta all the offense it would need Wednesday in a 1-0 win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Gattis went 4-for-4 on the night but his solo home run in the fourth was what made the difference. He's off to a sizzling start with four blasts and a .378 batting average in ten games.
Julio Teheran, SP4/16/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran triumphed Wednesday in an epic pitching battle with Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Teheran (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 K's, 0 BB) and Lee (9 IP, 11 H, 1 R, 13 K's, 1 BB) both tossed complete games. Teheran's was the first of his career. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four starts this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/16/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .242 hitter versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee and hasn't provided any power whatsoever against him.
Insight: Freeman has struck out a dozen times against Lee, who will oppose Atlanta on Wednesday.
Jason Heyward, RFCold4/16/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward has struggled against Cliff Lee of the Phillies.
Insight: Heyward is 3-for-22 (.136) against Lee, who will start Wednesday against the Braves. The 24-year-old is batting .160 in the early going, though he does have two homers, four steals and 10 walks.
B.J. Upton, CFCold4/16/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee has struck out Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton 14 times in 36 at-bats.
Insight: Upton hit .184 with a .557 OPS in 391 at-bats last year and he's off to a .180 start with a .526 OPS in 2014. He can be dropped in mixed leagues.
Craig Kimbrel, RP4/15/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel wasn't available on Monday due to a sore shoulder, but hopes to be ready for tuesday, weather permitting.
Insight: Kimbrel pitched Friday and Saturday which might have been the cause of his soreness. He's the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
Evan Gattis, C4/15/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis, he of the two-home run night on Monday, is 0-for-6 versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee with four strikeouts.
Insight: Gattis has gone 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits and four RBI over his last two games and is hitting .303 with three round-trippers this season. Amazing what two good games in a row can do for your numbers, but the statistics say it ends on Tuesday.
Andrelton Simmons, SSHot4/14/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons had both a triple and a homer for the second straight game Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: Simmons went 3-for-5 and is hitting .341 with zero Ks in 41 at-bats this season.
Evan Gattis, C4/14/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis clubbed a pair of homers Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: Gattis has gone 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits and four RBI over his last two games and is hitting .303 with three round-trippers this season.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/14/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla hit two homers, including a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth, Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Uggla entered the game with a .195 average, zero homers, one walk and 12 strikeouts in 41 at-bats this season.
Ervin Santana, SPHot4/14/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out 11 batters and allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings at Philadelphia on Monday, but the Braves squandered a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Insight: Santana took a no decision. The right-hander has 17 strikeouts, two walks, a 0.64 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP in his first two NL starts after spending his entire career in the AL.
Chris Johnson, 3B4/14/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson will sit out a second consecutive game.
Insight: He's off to a slow start with just 11 hits in his first 45 at bats. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday, Ramiro Pena (.231, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will get the start at third base, according to David O'Brien of AJC.
Jason Heyward, RF4/13/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, one RBI, three runs and a steal Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Heyward is off to a slow start for the second straight year, though he already has three steals in 12 games after swiping just two in 2013. The 24-year-old had 27 homers and 21 steals in 2012.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot4/13/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman drove in four runs Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Freeman has hit .442 with four doubles, four homers, 10 RBI, a 4/6 K/BB and 10 runs this season. He's well on his way to his first 30-homer season and should contend for NL MVP.
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/13/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer and three RBI Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Simmons missed two games this week with a jammed wrist but he appears to be fine. The defensive wizard is off to a.306 start.
Justin Upton, LFHot4/13/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton hit another home run Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Upton is absolutely locked in right now. He's gone 11-for-14 (.786) with four home runs, eight RBI and eight runs in his last four games and struck out just twice in his last six.
Evan Gattis, C4/13/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Atlanta will rest catcher Evan Gattis Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Gattis stroked three hits in Saturday's 6-3 win at Turner Field. Gerald Laird (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will be behind the plate for Sunday's series finale.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/13/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game versus the Nationals. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Uggla's low batting average becomes a lot more tolerable when he's producing good power numbers. However, that hasn't been the case this season as he's now homerless in 41 at bats. Tyler Pastornicky will draw the start at second base.
Chris Johnson, 3B4/13/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson will take a seat Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: It's Johnson's first absence of the season. He's off to a slow start with just 11 hits in his first 45 at bats. Ramiro Pena (.222, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will get the start at third base.
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/11/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons (wrist) is not in the lineup Friday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Simmons has hit .321 (9-for-28) and still hasn't struck out this season. He suffered the wrist injury when he landed awkwardly on a tag play at the plate Wednesday night.
Justin Upton, LF4/10/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton came into Thursday's game against the Mets with zero homers this season and left with two.
Insight: Upton went 3-for-4 with the two blasts and three RBI. The 26-year-old was 1-for-15 over his first four games but he has gone 8-for-19 over his last five.
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/10/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons jammed his right wrist Wednesday night and is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mets, the team announced.
Insight: Simmons has hit .321 (9-for-28) and still hasn't struck out this season. He suffered the wrist injury when he landed awkwardly on a tag play at the plate Wednesday night.
Jason Heyward, RF4/9/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward picked up three hits, including a homer, Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward had zero hits in his last 20 at-bats prior to Wednesday's game.
Ervin Santana, SP4/9/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Ervin Santana needed just 88 pitches to get through eight shutout innings Wednesday against the Mets in his Braves debut.
Insight: Santana allowed three hits, struck out six and didn't walk anyone. He should find that pitching in the NL East is much easier than the AL, where he's spent his entire career.
Aaron Harang, SPHot4/8/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang struck out nine batters in six innings Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: He allowed just two hits, walked four and gave up one run to take a tough-luck loss. The 35-year-old has given up only four hits and one run in his first 12 2/3 innings this season. He's unlikely to keep it up.
Evan Gattis, C4/8/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (flu-like symptoms) returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Gattis missed the past two games while dealing with a flu bug that is going around Atlanta's locker room. After last season's 21 HR production in just 354 at-bats, a lot is expected of him.
Ervin Santana, SP4/8/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Braves pitcher Ervin Santana will start April 9 against the Mets, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Santana signed late and has been behind everyone else, but is finally ready to go. With Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy out for the year, the Braves need Santana to perform well.
Evan Gattis, C4/7/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (flu-like symptoms) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Gattis has missed the past two games while dealing with a flu bug that is going around Atlanta's locker room. After last season's 21 HR production in just 354 at-bats, a lot is expected on him.
Jason Heyward, RF4/6/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward felt muscle spasms near his neck after fouling off a pitch, but he says he'll play Sunday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Heyward is 0-for-10 over his last three games. We're still waiting for the 24-year-old to realize his potential.
Evan Gattis, C4/5/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (illness) is not in the lineup Saturday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis is dealing with a flu bug that is going around Atlanta's locker room. The backstop has two hits, one homer and six Ks in 12 at-bats this season.
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/5/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons is hitless in nine at-bats versus Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Simmons quietly smashed 17 homers and scored 76 runs last season and is a solid fantasy option ... just not on Saturday.
Jason Heyward, RF4/5/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is a career .450 hitter versus Washington ace Stephen Strasburg (9-for-20).
Insight: We're still patiently waiting for Heyward to turn his potential into production. If he can do it against the likes of Strasburg, why is he a career .259 hitter?
Aaron Harang, SP4/2/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Aaron Harang took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his Braves debut Wednesday at Milwaukee.
Insight: The Braves picked up Harang in late March and had to put him in their rotation due to numerous injuries. He had a 5.40 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 143 1/3 innings last season and isn't worth adding in fantasy.
Evan Gattis, C4/2/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee.
Insight: Gattis is just getting a day of rest after playing the first two games of the season. After a 21 homer rookie season, a lot is expected of Gattis this season.
Alex Wood, RP4/1/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Braves 23-year-old left-hander Alex Wood allowed one earned run and struck out five in seven innings Tuesday against the Brewers to pick up his first win of the season.
Insight: Wood gets a lot of ground balls and allowed just three home runs as a rookie last year. He had a 3.54 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and 54 Ks in 56 innings as a starter and finished with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in 77 2/3 innings.
Jason Heyward, RFHot4/1/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Heyward has gone 3-for-8 in the first two games after batting .323 with homer homers this spring. The 24-year-old is looking to get off to a better start in 2014 after hitting .142 with two home runs in 31 games over the first two months last year.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/1/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with two solo home runs Tuesday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Freeman hit a career-high .319 with 109 RBI, 89 runs and an .897 OPS last year and has blasted 21-23 homers in each of the last three seasons. This should be the year he gets up to 30.
Ervin Santana, SP4/1/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Braves pitcher Ervin Santana is tentatively set to start April 9 against the Mets, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Santana signed late and only threw five innings this spring. He'll start Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander has posted an ERA of 3.92 or lower in four of the past six seasons but had one above five in the other two during that span. The NL East is lacking in offense so Santana should be able to have a second straight solid season after posting a career-best 3.24 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with the Royals last year.
Mike Minor, SP4/1/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor will make a minor league rehab start with Double-A Mississippi Thursday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) underwent a urinary tract operation in late December and experienced shoulder soreness after being unable to throw for a month. If he can avoid a setback, he'll be back before April is finished.
Gavin Floyd, SP4/1/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves pitcher Gavin Floyd will make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Insight: Floyd had Tommy John surgery last year and will miss all of April while he works his way back. He went 62-56 with a 4.12 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 754 Ks in 948 1/3 innings with the White Sox from 2008-12.
Justin Upton, LF4/1/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton has not had much success against Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Upton is a career .118 hitter (2-for-17) against Lohse with one RBI. Fantasy owners are hoping for another quick start from Upton. He was the best hitter in baseball last April, pounding out 12 HR and 19 RBI with a 1.136 OPS in 26 games. He was 1-for-3 with a walk in his season opener.
Chris Johnson, 3B3/31/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson faces a tough matchup Monday versus Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: In 11 at bats, Johnson has just two hits against Gallardo. Four of those at bats have resulted in strikeouts. Johnson (.321, 12 HR, 68 RBI) was great last season but we wouldn't recommend starting him on Opening Day.
Ervin Santana, SP3/30/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Braves pitcher Ervin Santana will begin the season with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Insight: Santana signed late and only threw five innings this spring. He'll get stretched out for a mid-April debut. The right-hander has posted an ERA of 3.92 or lower in four of the past six seasons but had one above five in the other two during that span. Last year, he finished 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 161 Ks in 211 innings with the Kansas City Royals. The NL East is lacking in offense so Santana should be able to have a second straight solid season.
Aaron Harang, SP3/24/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: The Braves have signed right-hander Aaron Harang to a one-year deal. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Harang was released by Cleveland less than 24 hours ago. He's actually pitched pretty well this spring with two wins and a 2.00 ERA in four appearances. The Braves really just need a healthy body now that Kris Medlen (elbow) and Brandon Beachy (elbow) are both out for the season.
Freddy Garcia, SP3/24/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Veteran righthander Freddy Garcia has been released by Atlanta.
Insight: If the pitching-thin Braves got rid of him, he must have nothing left. Garcia went 4-7 with a 4.37 ERA in 17 appearances between Atlanta and Baltimore in 2013.
Brandon Beachy, SP3/20/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Brandon Beachy will have Tommy John surgery on Friday. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constituton
Insight: He's out for the rest of the season and probably some of next year as well. Beachy has appeared in only 18 games since the start of 2012.
Mike Minor, SP3/19/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor will miss at least the first half of April while he continues to recover from a sore shoulder. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) came into camp behind schedule after undergoing a urinary tract operation in late December. We have Minor at No. 14 in our preseason starting pitcher rankings.
Brandon Beachy, SP3/17/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Brandon Beachy (elbow) will head to Los Angeles for further evaluation, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Beachy began experiencing tightness in his right elbow and biceps earlier this month and visited with Dr. James Andrews Monday. He'll seek another opinion from Dr. Neal Elattrache. The right-hander may have to undergo his second Tommy John surgery since June 2012.
Kris Medlen, SP3/17/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen (right elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Medlen had the surgery back in 2010 and injured his elbow again on March 9. Dr. James Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis on Monday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B3/16/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman exited Sunday's game against the Yankees with a thumb injury. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It's just a bruise. Freeman (.319, 23 HR, 109 RBI) might sit out a few days as a precaution but we'd expect him to be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day. We have him at No. 8 in our latest first baseman rankings.
Brandon Beachy, SP3/14/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Brandon Beachy may need Tommy John surgery, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Beachy had Tommy John back in June 2012 and threw just 30 innings in 2013 due to complications. He began experiencing tightness in his right elbow and biceps last week and will visit Dr. James Andrews Monday.
Evan Gattis, C3/14/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis hadn't caught consecutive games this spring until Thursday because he underwent knee surgery in October, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis revealed Friday that he had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip that had been "floating around" in his right knee since 2006. Gattis will be the Braves everyday catcher this season after producing 21 homers and 65 RBI in 105 games as a backup catcher/part-time outfielder last season.
Jason Heyward, RFHot3/14/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is batting .355 this spring with three homers and a 1.057 OPS.
Insight: It's Heyward's best spring yet. Just remember, however, in 2011 he batted .356 in the spring with a 1.020 OPS and it was the worst regular season of his career (.227, 14 HR, 0.708 OPS in 128 games).
Kris Medlen, SP3/14/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen (right elbow) will se Dr. James Andrews on Monday. SOURCE: Dave O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: We hope Dr. Andrews is offering the Braves a group discount as he'll be joined there by Brandon Beachy. Medlen is expected to need Tommy John surgery, Beachy is expected to miss just a start or two at this point.
Kris Medlen, SP3/12/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen believes he'll need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. SOURCE: Dave O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: We assumed that was the case when the Braves forked over $14 million for Ervin Santana on Wednesday morning. If it happens, this will be his second Tommy John surgery in the last four years. Medlen has thrown 512 2/3 innings at the big league level with his most coming in 2013 (197 innings).
Ervin Santana, SP3/12/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: The Braves have signed righthander Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million deal. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Santana isn't going to be ready for the start of the season but he should be in the rotation by mid-April. Signing Santana (9-10, 3.24 ERA last season with Kansas City) could be an indication that Atlanta thinks Kris Medlen's elbow injury is serious.
Brandon Beachy, SP3/11/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Atlanta righthander Brandon Beachy is dealing with elbow soreness and inflammation.
Insight: Beachy missed most of the 2012 season with elbow issues. Coming on top of the news that Kris Medlen is also dealing with elbow problems leaves the Braves starting staff very thin.
Kris Medlen, SP3/11/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: Kris Medlen's MRI apparently showed some ligament damage in his elbow, according to Dave O'Brien of Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: That's not good. He's headed to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Medlen (15-12, 3.11 ERA in 2013) could be headed for his second Tommy John surgery.
Kris Medlen, SP3/10/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Braves righthander Kris Medlen had an MRI on his right arm this afternoon. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Atlanta fans are praying he doesn't need Tommy John surgery. We should get an update on Medlen's condition sometime in the next 24 hours.
Kris Medlen, SP3/9/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: The Braves are calling Kris Medlen's injury a forearm strain, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Medlen left Sunday's spring training start with the injury. He'll still need an MRI to determine the extent of his injury.
Insight: Medlen grabbed his elbow after throwing his next-to-last pitch, then hopped off the mound toward the dugout immediately after the next one. He's not out of the woods yet, as forearm soreness can sometimes be indicative of a problem with the elbow. Medlen already has one Tommy John surgery under his belt, which came back in August 2010.
Kris Medlen, SP3/9/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen suffered an apparent elbow injury during Sunday's spring training start against the Mets.
Insight: Medlen grabbed his elbow after throwing his next-to-last pitch, then hopped off the mound toward the dugout immediately after the next one, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We're awaiting updates from the Braves.
Mike Minor, SP3/5/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Mike Minor (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session of the spring Wednesday and will throw every other day for at least another week before progressing to live batting practice. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Minor felt soreness in his shoulder when he reported to spring training, the result of a month of inactivity following a urinary tract procedure on Dec. 31. "My mechanics are obviously not all there," Minor said. "My leg was coming out, and I was leaning back more. That's not something I want to do. I want to be more compact and get back to what I was last year. But for this being the first time, I think it went pretty well." He hopes to be back by the second or third week of the season.
Mike Minor, SP3/3/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Mike Minor (shoulder) will throw his first bullpen session of the spring Wednesday, according to ajc.com.
Insight: Minor has been dealing with some shoulder soreness, but he's expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Jonny Venters, RP3/2/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Braves left-handed reliever Jonny Venters (elbow) will throw a limited mound session Wednesday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Venters missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and is trying to make it back by late May or early June. He was one of the top setup men in the majors in 2010-11, posting a 1.89 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 171 innings.
Justin Upton, LF3/2/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton returned to action Sunday after missing a few days with a side injury. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: As long as Upton (.263, 27 HR, 70 RBI) doesn't suffer any setbacks, fantasy owners should feel safe drafting him in the first few rounds.
Justin Upton, LF2/28/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton (side) could be back in the lineup Sunday, according to Braves reporter Kevin McAlpin.
Insight: Upton took batting practice Friday and will work out Saturday. If all goes well, he'll make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday. He has been out with a sore side.
Justin Upton, LF2/26/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton will miss the team's Grapefruit League opener Wednesday against Detroit. He's out because of soreness in his side. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, 680 The Fan
Insight: Missing a meaningless spring training game isn't really a cause for concern. Upton (.263, 27 HR, 70 RBI in 2013) should be fine for Opening Day in a few weeks.
Mike Minor, SP2/24/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor is behind in his throwing program because of shoulder soreness. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) still isn't throwing off a mound though the team is confident he'll be ready for the start of the season. This news shouldn't change Minor's draft position.
Andrelton Simmons, SS2/20/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Atlanta has reached an agreement with shortstop Andrelton Simmons on a new seven-year contract extension. SOURCE: Braves on Twitter
Insight: Are there any Braves left that haven't gotten an extension in the last week? Simmons' new deal will be worth $58 million. Simmons is coming off a productive season (.248, 17 HR, 59 RBI) and should have an even better one in 2014.
Craig Kimbrel, RP2/18/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: The Braves signed reliever Craig Kimbrel to a four-year contract extension over the weekend.
Insight: Kimbrel's new $42 million deal includes a team option for 2018 ($1 million buyout). He's the best closer in the game right now and though $10.5 million a year is a lot to give a relief pitcher, Kimbrel should be worth every penny.
Julio Teheran, SP2/15/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Atlanta starter Julio Teheran has agreed to a six-year contract extension. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: The deal is worth $32.4 million. The 23-year-old was outstanding as a rookie, posting a 3.20 ERA in 30 starts last season. He should be even better in 2014.
Jonny Venters, RP2/11/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: Braves lefthander Jonny Venters, who missed last season after Tommy John surgery, has been long-tossing without issue.
Insight: In both 2010 and 2011 Venters was one of the premier setup men in the league with an ERA under 2.00 and 189 strikeouts in 171 IP.
Freddie Freeman, 1B2/4/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, Freddie Freeman's new contract will pay him $135 million over the next eight seasons.
Insight: Looks like Atlanta won't have to worry about first base for the next decade. While his $16.9 million annual salary is far from a bargain, if anyone deserved a new contract it was Freeman, who hit .319 with a career-high 109 RBI last season. Expect the 24-year-old to be equally productive in 2014.
Jason Heyward, RF2/4/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Jason Heyward's new two-year deal is worth $13.3 million.
Insight: Heyward had been eligible for arbitration. He's a strong bounceback candidate after his injury-plagued 2013 season (.254, 14 HR, 38 RBI in 104 games).
Freddie Freeman, 1B2/4/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Freddie Freeman has agreed to a contract extension with Atlanta though terms of the deal have not yet been released.
Insight: Jon Morosi of Fox Sports hears the deal could be worth as much as $125 million over eight seasons. If that's the case, Freeman will be under Braves' control until 2021. Freeman (.319, 23 HR, 109 RBI) finished fifth in NL MVP voting last season and will be one of the most sought-after first basemen in fantasy heading into the 2014 campaign.
Freddy Garcia, SP1/24/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Veteran righthander Freddy Garcia has agreed to a minor league deal with Atlanta. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: He'll be competing for the fifth spot in the Braves' starting rotation. Garcia went 4-7 with a 4.37 ERA in 17 appearances between Atlanta and Baltimore in 2013.
Ryan Doumit, C12/18/2013 4:39:00 PM
Description: Minnesota dealt utility man Ryan Doumit to the Braves on Wednesday. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Doumit's greatest asset is that he's still eligible at catcher though he spent the majority of last season as a DH. The jack of all trades has also started at first base and both corner outfield positions. He'll be a low-risk, high-reward fantasy option in 2014.
Gavin Floyd, SP12/16/2013 9:28:00 PM
Description: Former White Sox righthander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a one-year deal with Atlanta. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: He'll earn $4 million next season. Floyd is likely to miss the first few months while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Fantasy owners would be wise to use a wait and see approach with the 30-year-old.
Evan Gattis, C12/10/2013 3:00:00 PM
Description: Atlanta C/LF Evan Gattis was told that he would be the everyday catcher in 2014 by manager Fredi Gonzalez, according to a report by Kevin McAlpin.
Insight: Gattis starrted 38 games at catcher and 47 in the outfield last season, but with Brian McCann jumping ship, he'll get the first chance at the job behind the plate. Gattis batted .243 with 21 HR and 65 RBI last season, but most of the damage was done in the first half of the season. His first half OPS was .873 vs. .678 after the break.
Brian McCann, C11/23/2013 5:35:00 PM
Description: Free agent catcher Brian McCann is close to joining the Yankees.
Insight: Dallas Morning News beat writer Evan Grant says the two sides are "on the verge" of an agreement. Obviously no details will be released until it becomes official but it's likely McCann will get nine figures in the deal.

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