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  1. Brian McCann cuts short shoulder rehab due to wrist injury

    Apr 17, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    As if trying to come back from shoulder surgery wasn’t proving difficult enough for Brian McCann, now the Braves catcher is dealing with a wrist injury too. Ray Glier of MLB.com reports that McCann left his shoulder rehab in Florida and traveled to Atlanta to have his right wrist looked at by doctors.  According to…

  2. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano, Yan Gomes

    Yankees 14, Indians 1: “Man, where are the Yankees going to get any offense with all of their big hitters on the DL?” no one is asking today like they asked so much last week. I guess nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say, but nothin’ comes out when they move their…

  3. The worst Opening Day starts of the 2000′s

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Bases emblazoned with Opening Day sit ready to be installed on the field on opening night of the MLB season in Houston

    Opening Day is set to kick off in just a few minutes when the Houston Astros take on the Texas Rangers. The Rangers’ Matt Harrison opposes the Astros’ Bud Norris. Though Norris isn’t terrible, he isn’t exactly the type of starter you envision kicking off your team’s season on Opening Day. With that said, let’s…

  4. Brian McCann could miss all of April rehabbing from shoulder surgery

    Mar 23, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Brian McCann AP

    We already knew that Brian McCann wasn’t going to be ready for Opening Day after right shoulder surgery, but there’s a chance that the Braves could be without him for the entire first month of the season. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Braves general manager Frank Wren confirmed this morning that McCann will not…

  5. Brian McCann took batting practice for the first time since shoulder surgery

    Mar 1, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    He’s still unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, but Brian McCann felt healthy enough to take batting practice yesterday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in October. McCann reported no issues and told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that “it was nice to get back in there and see something coming at you.”…

  6. Brian McCann unlikely to be ready by Opening Day

    Feb 7, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Less than a month ago Braves catcher Brian McCann said he was optimistic about being ready to return from shoulder surgery by Opening Day, but apparently that optimism has vanished. “I’m not close,” McCann told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Just started hitting off a tee. I started throwing last week, from 45…

  7. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Martin Prado

    Braves acquire OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson from Diamondbacks for 3B Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Zeke Spruill, SS Nick Ahmed and 1B Brandon Drury. – As some probably guessed, I’m a big fan of this deal for the Braves. I wrote an entry trying to pair the Upton brothers in Atlanta…

  8. Brian McCann is hoping to be ready by Opening Day

    Jan 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Getty Brian McCann

    Brian McCann was projected to miss the first few weeks of the season following shoulder surgery, but he’s more optimistic about it: “If all goes well, it’s going to be hard for me to sit there and watch the team on Opening Day, if I’m feeling good … Being three months out of surgery, I feel…

  9. Brian McCann unlikely to get an extension this season

    Jan 6, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    mccann getty

    Braves catcher Brian McCann is set to hit the free agent market after the 2013 MLB season. But he is recovering from shoulder surgery and coming off a career-worst year, so contract talks are on hold. Braves GM Frank Wren told Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he spoke recently with McCann’s…

  10. How about an Upton-Upton-Heyward outfield in Atlanta?

    Nov 25, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    We know the Braves are in hot pursuit of free agent B.J. Upton, who could well be the next top free agent to sign. It makes one wonder if they’d considering pairing the Upton brothers and bringing in Justin from Arizona. On the surface, it seems like a great idea. Neither Upton brother has quite…

  11. Gerald Laird to get $1.5 million a year from the Braves

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    gerald-laird-tigers

    We learned of the deal last Thursday, but now we know the money: Gerald Laird will get $3 million for his two years with the Braves. There are incentives which could get him an extra $750K. Those incentives are based on games started.  Worth noting that if Laird earns all of his incentive money it…

  12. Braves sign catcher Gerald Laird to two-year deal

    Nov 15, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    gerald-laird-tigers

    UPDATE: No word yet on the money, but Laird’s deal with the Braves is for two seasons after Ross got a two-year, $6.2 million deal from the Red Sox. ========== After losing David Ross to the Red Sox the Braves are close to signing Gerald Laird as his replacement, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.…

  13. Red Sox agree to two-year deal, $6.2 million deal with catcher David Ross

    Nov 10, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    David Ross Getty

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Ross will get a total of $6.2 million over the two years. It’s well-deserved raise for Ross, who just finished up a two-year, $3.25 million extension with the Braves. 8:37 AM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year contract, pending a…

  14. In an ideal world, A.J. Pierzynski would like to play for the Braves

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Barrett Pierzynski Getty

    As a Braves fan, I’m not sure how I feel about this. From Dan Hayes at CSNChicago.com on free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski: “In a perfect situation, if there were no other deciding factors (money, another catcher), my ideal situation would be to play for the Braves,” Pierzynski said. “I grew up a Braves fan.…

  15. Braves exercise options on Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm

    Oct 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hudson McCann

    Atlanta has exercised its options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson, and left-hander Paul Maholm, bringing all three players back for 2013 at a combined cost of $27.5 million. McCann faded badly in the second half and was benched in the Wild Card playoff game, but it would have been tough for the Braves…

  16. The Braves want to re-sign David Ross

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    That’s the report from Dave O’Brien of the AJC, who says the Braves have contacted Ross’ agent in an effort to get a deal done quickly. And they likely need to, as starting catcher Brian McCann faces a strong likelihood of not being ready for the start of the season. And given that Ross, who…

  17. 2012 projections review: catcher

    Oct 24, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    I’ll be doing some projection reviews over the next couple of weeks, starting with catcher here. Along with running down my preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each position, I’ll also present a few more that are of interest. Requests of players not listed can be made in the comments. 1. Carlos Santana –…

  18. Brian McCann having shoulder surgery today

    Oct 16, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Brian McCann

    Braves catcher Brian McCann was diagnosed midseason with a frayed labrum and cyst in his throwing shoulder. The thought at the time was that he was in need of rest, not the knife. And he got the rest and is getting plenty of it now. But it must not have been good enough, because David…

  19. Brian McCann could have surgery, could face a 4-5 month rehab time

    Oct 8, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Getty Brian McCann

    Brian McCann struggled mightily down the stretch and was benched in the wild card game in favor of David Ross. There was an awful lot of talk about him being banged up, but it was apparently more than merely being banged up. David O’Brien reports that McCann was diagnosed midseason with a frayed labrum and…

  20. Anger in Atlanta after controversial infield-fly rule call

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez Getty

    Craziness during the bottom of the eighth inning in Atlanta, as left field umpire Sam Holbrook called the infield-fly rule on a pop-up in shallow left field off the bat of Andrelton Simmons. However, it was far from a routine play. The controversial play was some 30-40 feet into the outfield and the ball ended…

  21. Braves bench Brian McCann for Wild Card playoff game

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Brian McCann

    David Ross, not Brian McCann, will be behind the plate for the Braves’ playoff game against the Cardinals tomorrow night. Manager Fredi Gonzalez made that announcement today, saying Ross provides the best chance to win in part because McCann is “beat up” physically after playing through various injuries all season. During the regular season McCann…

  22. Brian McCann won’t start “for at least a couple more days”

    Sep 17, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Brian McCann has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since tweaking his right hamstring on September 12 and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves catcher won’t return to the starting lineup “for at least a couple of more days.” The good news is that he’s feeling better. The bad news is that McCann explained…

  23. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 10, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    Rays 6, Rangers 0: That, my friends, is B.J. Upton.  Three homers for big brother and a two-hit shutout for James Shields. This will make Rays fans feel really good until Texas bounces them easily in the division series again. Marlins 8, Nationals 0: The Nats have not won a game since they shut down Stephen…

  24. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 80-51

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Here’s part two of the top 111 free agents list. Part one can be found here, and I’ll be posting the top 50 tomorrow. 80. Carlos Lee (1B Marlins – Age 36): Lee still hits a fair number of liners at age 36, but his home run total has dropped six straight seasons and he…

  25. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-81

    Sep 5, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

    Ben Sheets

    It’s getting to be that time of year, so here is the first of two stabs at a Top 111 free agents list. The other will come shortly after the World Series concludes. Players are ranked based on how I believe teams perceive them, not how I view them myself. Essentially, I rank the players…

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