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  1. Freddie Freeman is on his way back

    Apr 21, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

    Freddie Freeman

    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is expected to rejoin the team tomorrow after a stint on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. In Freeman’s absence, Chris Johnson — acquired with Justin Upton from Arizona — has been getting the lion’s share of the playing time at first base and has impressed offensively. Johnson…

  2. Freddie Freeman on track to return Monday

    Apr 17, 2013, 4:50 PM EST

    freddie freeman getty

    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is scheduled to begin a brief minor-league rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’ll likely come off the disabled list Monday barring a setback. Freeman got off to a great start, but has been out since April 6 with a strained oblique muscle. Chris…

  3. Braves hit three homers in eighth, move to 12-1

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:01 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Atlanta Braves

    The scorching Braves broke open a 2-2 game in the eighth Tuesday, with Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla all hitting homers off Kelvin Herrera in a 6-3 win over the Royals. Crushing Herrera made the victory especially impressive. While hardly a household name, Herrera has been one of the AL’s best relievers since…

  4. 2013 Preview: Atlanta Braves

    Mar 14, 2013, 4:01 PM EST

    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…

  5. Mariano Rivera spotless in first game action since knee surgery

    Mar 9, 2013, 4:01 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera Getty

    After announcing his intention to retire following the 2013 season earlier this morning, Rivera made his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon against the Braves. And it didn’t take him long to shake the rust following knee surgery. In his first game action since last May, Rivera notched two strikeouts over a perfect inning of work.…

  6. Notes and thoughts on the Justin Upton trade

    Jan 24, 2013, 2:10 PM EST

    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…

  7. The Justin Upton trade: The Braves get their man, the Diamondbacks do better than expected

    Jan 24, 2013, 10:50 AM EST

    Justin Upton AP

    Justin Upton was being dangled by the Diamondbacks forever, but he’s finally out the door. It’s a five-for-two deal: Braves get: (OF) Justin Upton, (3B) Chris Johnson Diamondbacks get: (3B) Martin Prado, (RHP) Randall Delgado, (SS) Nick Ahmed, (RHP) Zeke Spruill, and (1B) Brandon Drury. For all the talk that the Diamondbacks’ leverage was gone when Upton…

  8. The Braves beat the Rockies 1-0 for the second straight day

    Sep 6, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    Wiln Rosario, Luan Francisco

    That’s gotta hurt. For the second straight day the Braves beat the Rockies 1-0.  For the second straight day, the game’s lone run was unearned. Here it came on an error by pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. And not just some ordinary error. Juan Francisco was on third base. Catcher Wilin Rosario threw the ball back to Chacin after a pitch and Chacin…

  9. Chipper Jones lands on disabled list with bruised left calf

    May 26, 2012, 10:23 AM EST

    Chipper Jones Getty

    Chipper Jones‘ left calf injury hasn’t gotten any better over the past couple of days, so the Braves have decided to place him on the disabled list. The team has yet to make a corresponding roster move, but they are likely to call up a catcher after David Ross left last night’s game against the…

  10. Chipper Jones expected to miss rest of weekend with calf contusion

    May 19, 2012, 2:05 PM EST

    Chipper Jones Getty

    According to Chris Girandola of MLB.com, Chipper Jones is expected to miss the rest of the weekend series against the Rays after leaving last night’s game with a left calf contusion. Jones suffered the injury when he was smacked in the left leg with a line drive off the bat of B.J. Upton while playing…

  11. Reds place reliever Bill Bray on the disabled list

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    Bray_Bill

    Bill Bray, who was bothered by a groin injury during spring training, has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin. Cincinnati called up right-hander J.J. Hoover to replace the left-handed Bray on the roster and in the bullpen. Hooper was acquired from the Braves in the Juan Francisco trade and had…

  12. Braves activate Chipper Jones from disabled list

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones vowed to return in time for the Braves’ home opener after undergoing knee surgery on March 26 and sure enough he’s back in the lineup with three days to spare. Jones ended up missing just four games following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Martin Prado and Juan Francisco…

  13. Chipper Jones could return from DL as soon as tomorrow

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:34 PM EST

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones had no problems after weekend workouts and tested his surgically repaired knee again today, with Mark Bowman of MLB.com reporting that he “felt good” and “could be activated in time to start tomorrow’s game.” Jones underwent what was considered minor knee surgery on March 26 and said all along that he planned to…

  14. Chipper Jones expected to return before home opener

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

    chipper jones reuters

    After seeing Chipper Jones work out this weekend, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has grown confident that the veteran third baseman will join Atlanta’s starting lineup within the next handful of days. Via David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Definitely the home opener [April 12], based on [Friday’s] workout,” Gonzalez told reporters, “And maybe even sooner…

  15. Chipper Jones felt “real good” after testing his knee against live pitching today

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:49 PM EST

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones has already resumed facing live pitching, less than two weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones felt “real good” taking swings against teammate Randall Delgado in a simulated game this afternoon at Citi Field. While the 39-year-old believes he…

  16. Chipper Jones aims to return from knee surgery next week

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones underwent knee surgery just eight days ago, but the future Hall of Famer told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he hopes to be back in the Braves’ lineup at some point next week. April 13 has been the targeted return date, which is the Braves’ home opener against the Brewers,…

  17. Braves acquire Juan Francisco from Reds for J.J. Hoover

    Apr 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    juan francisco ap

    As first reported by beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Reds traded corner infielder Juan Francisco to the Braves on Sunday morning for right-handed starter J.J. Hoover. Francisco struggled to find consistent playing time over the past few years in Cincinnati because he’s not a great defender at third base and the…

  18. Dusty Baker on Juan Francisco: “He’s got to stop eating”

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    Francisco_Juan

    Francisco Cordero has some company on the “Not In The Best Shape Of His Life” team, apparently. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com about Juan Francisco‘s calf injury and overall status in Reds camp: He’s got time but he’s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the…

  19. UPDATE: The Reds may not be a match for Jurrjens

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Jair Jurrjens

    UPDATE: Or not. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com hears that the Reds do not appear to be seriously pursuing Jurrjens. Another issue is that the two sides don’t match up well for a deal. The Braves are said to be looking for a power-hitting outfielder in return while the Reds best trade chips — Yonder Alonso…

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