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  1. Braves activate Jordan Walden, send Alex Wood to Triple-A to prep as a starter

    Jun 10, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    Alex Wood

    Alex Wood has split his first two seasons between the Braves’ bullpen and rotation, making 18 starts and 31 relief appearances. And he’s been very good, posting a 3.26 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 138 innings overall.

  2. Craig Kimbrel struggles in return from right shoulder issue, apologizes for reaction to being pulled

    Apr 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Craig Kimbrel was called on Saturday for the first time since complaining of discomfort in his shoulder last Monday. The appearance did not go smoothly.

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 10, 2014, 7:06 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    I saw Captain America last night. It was way better than the first few innings of the Tigers-Dodgers game.

  4. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  5. Will the Braves be able to lock up their core?

    Feb 2, 2014, 7:25 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    The Braves’ winter full of arbitration cases was an indication of the problems lurking just beyond the horizon — their core of young, talented players is starting to get very expensive, and inching ever closer to free agency. The organization has been among the more thrifty in Major League Baseball lately, keeping a payroll below…

  6. Braves and Jordan Walden avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 11, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jordan Walden Getty

    Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Braves and reliever Jordan Walden have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.49 million contract. Walden was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Acquired from the Angels for Tommy Hanson last November, the 26-year-old right-hander posted a 3.45 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 47…

  7. With Craig Kimbrel watching, Braves blow late lead

    Oct 8, 2013, 1:35 AM EDT

    Juan Uribe, Yasiel Puig

    Craig Kimbrel hadn’t pitched two innings in a game since 2011, and the Braves weren’t about to have him try to get six outs now. It’s a decision they’ll think about all winter after Juan Uribe hit a go-ahead two-run homer off David Carpenter, leading the Dodgers past the Braves and into the NLCS on…

  8. Dodgers rout Braves to take 2-1 lead in NLDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three

    It was a close back-and-forth affair between the Braves and Dodgers for the first three and a half innings in Game 3 of the NLDS in Los Angeles tonight. The game was tied at four-all, then the Dodger offense woke up, building a lead as large as nine runs entering the bottom of the ninth.…

  9. Dodgers extend lead against Braves in Game 1 of NLDS

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig AP

    The Braves got on the board against Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Dodgers got a run right back in the top of the sixth inning. Jordan Walden took over for Luis Ayala to begin the sixth inning and retired Carl Crawford on a ground out, but he then gave…

  10. Tommy Hanson’s struggles have continued at Triple-A

    Sep 4, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson Getty

    Tommy Hanson was bumped from the rotation and demoted to Triple-A about four weeks ago after posting a 5.69 ERA for the Angels and things haven’t gotten any better in Salt Lake. Hanson has made four starts against Pacific Coast League hitters, allowing 14 runs in 19.2 innings while serving up five homers. It’s been…

  11. Angels demote Tommy Hanson to Triple-A Salt Lake

    Aug 12, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson Getty

    The Angels will welcome left-hander Jason Vargas back from the disabled list tomorrow. And not only is Tommy Hanson the odd man out in the starting rotation, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that he has been demoted to Triple-A Salt Lake. Such a move would have been unthinkable just a couple of years ago, but…

  12. Marlins snap 22-inning scoreless streak with 1-0 victory over the Braves

    Aug 10, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

    Justin Ruggiano

    Before Braves reliever Jordan Walden uncorked a wild pitch with a runner on third base in the top of the ninth tonight, the Marlins hadn’t scored since the fifth inning on Thursday against the Pirates. As Adeiny Hechavarria crossed home plate on the errant pitch, he broke a scoreless tie, allowing for closer Steve Cishek…

  13. Tommy Hanson could return on July 23

    Jul 13, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels starter Tommy Hanson, recovering from a strained right forearm, threw a simulated game this afternoon. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register is reporting that, if there are no setbacks, the right-hander could return on July 23. Hanson has been on the disabled list since June 21. In nine starts on the year, he…

  14. Tommy Hanson diagnosed with strained forearm

    Jun 27, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    After being scratched from yesterday’s start with forearm soreness Tommy Hanson underwent an MRI exam and the Angels right-hander has been diagnosed with a forearm strain. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll be shut down completely for at least seven days and the current expectation is that Hanson will miss three…

  15. The Braves likely to pursue Kevin Gregg

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves are interested in Cubs’ reliever Kevin Gregg: The Braves are among the many teams expected to show interest in Cubs closer Kevin Gregg, who owns a 1.11 ERA in 25 appearances. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez utilized Gregg as his closer while they were together with the Marlins…

  16. Eric O’Flaherty has torn ulnar collateral ligament in elbow, Tommy John surgery next?

    May 18, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Eric O'Flaherty AP

    UPDATE: It looks like Eric O’Flaherty is facing the worst-case scenario, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He’ll see Dr. James Andrews next week, but it would be a surprise if Tommy John surgery wasn’t the next step. The…

  17. Braves activate Jason Heyward, place Jordan Walden on DL

    May 17, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward

    Jason Heyward is back from the disabled list after being out since April 21 following an emergency appendectomy. Heyward made it clear right away that he wasn’t going to rush back, targeting late-May, and ended up missing 23 games. Atlanta went 9-14 without Heyward after starting the season at 13-4, although considering he was hitting…

  18. Dan Haren delivers gem to shut down Braves

    May 2, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

    Dan Haren Getty

    Dan Haren hasn’t had the smoothest start to the season, but he was in vintage form tonight against the division rival Braves, tossing eight innings of one-run ball as part of a 3-1 victory. The victory gave Washington a split of the four-game series and pushed the club back over .500 at 15-14. Haren limited…

  19. Jonny Venters leaves game with an elbow sprain

    Mar 26, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

    Braves' Venters walks back to mound after allowing a run on a single by Phillies' Ibanez during eighth inning of their MLB National League game in Atlanta

    Bad news for the Braves’ bullpen: Venters left today’s game with a left elbow sprain. — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 26, 2013 Jonny, that is. Venters has been a concern for a while, spending part of last season on the DL with a sore left elbow.  He feels like a major injury waiting to happen.…

  20. 2013 Preview: Atlanta Braves

    Mar 14, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward, Justin Upton

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: is there life after Chipper Jones? Sure there is. Because for as good as…

  21. Angels get Tommy Hanson from Braves for Jordan Walden

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    tommy hanson getty

    Tommy Hanson once looked likely to be atop Atlanta’s rotation for a long time, but after the right-hander struggled for the past season-and-a-half the Braves have traded him to the Angels. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Braves will get 25-year-old reliever Jordan Walden in return, which makes it a swap of two young…

  22. Angels “letting clubs know” that Jordan Walden is available

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    jordan walden getty

    The Angels finalized a one-year free agent contract with Ryan Madson on Wednesday afternoon and intend to use him at closer. Which leads us here: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Angels “were letting clubs know today” that 25-year-old right-hander Jordan Walden is available through a trade. Walden served as the Angels’ primary closer…

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

    Sep 17, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Orioles 9, Athletics 5: Baltimore salvages one. Which is important for two reasons. Reason 1:  It’s their 82nd win of the year, which means they will finish above .500 for the first time in forever.  More importantly: they really just need to avoid the disaster west coast trip here. If they take care of business…

  24. Angels put Jordan Walden on disabled list with bicep strain

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    walden getty

    It’s been a rough couple months for Jordan Walden. The 24-year-old right-hander opened the season as the Angels’ unchallenged closer after saving 32 games alongside a 2.98 ERA in 2011, but that role was eventually transferred to newcomer Ernesto Frieri, who’s been dominant. And now Walden is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained…

  25. The Angels may have found their closer in Ernesto Frieri

    May 23, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    Ernesto Frieri was plenty good in a year and a half with the Padres, yet manager Bud Black never seemed to want to trust him in close games. Perhaps that was a mistake. Frieri struck out the side in the 11th inning to earn his first career save as the Angels beat the A’s 3-1…

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