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  • Jake Odorizzi Experienced Cramping During Start On Saturday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi "had cramping in his hamstring and glute in his last inning, got fluids via IV afterward, [and is] feeling fine now," he told The Athletic's David O'Brien. Acquired from Houston at the trade deadline, Odorizzi surrendered two runs through 4.2 innings in his Braves debut. Through 12 starts with the Astros, he went 4-3 with a 3.61 FIP, 6.90 K/9, and 2.55 BB/9. His established role and veteran presence give him fantasy allure in many leagues.

    Aug 6 · Source via Braves Jake Odorizzi
  • Braves Claim Daniel Young, Outright Jesus Cruz

    The Braves claimed left-hander Daniel Young off waivers from the Mariners and outrighted right-hander Jesus Cruz to Triple-A Gwinnett, the team announced today.  The Mariners had designated Young for assignment earlier this week. Young had a 7.36 ERA over 2 2/3 innings with Seattle this season, marking his first appearance in the big leagues.  Originally…

    Aug 6 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Jesus Cruz
  • Kirby Yates To Make Another Rehab Start On Sunday

    Atlanta Braves reliever Kirby Yates (elbow) is set to make another rehab start on Sunday at Triple-A Gwinnett, according to manager Brian Snitker. The 35-year-old righty made back-to-back hitless appearances earlier this week and didn't sustain any setbacks. He'll likely need a few more rehab outings before joining the Braves' bullpen later this month. Once he arrives with the club he figures to work in a setup/high-leverage role for Atlanta.

    Aug 6 · Source via Braves Kirby Yates closers
  • Braves Sign Taylor Motter To Minor League Deal

    In a move that slipped past MLBTR’s radar at the time, the Braves signed Taylor Motter to a minor league contract last week. The utilityman had been released from a minor league pact with the Reds in mid-July, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. Motter, 32, has been assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett with Atlanta. He’s…

    Aug 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Taylor Motter
  • Robinson Cano Elects Free Agency

    Robinson Canó is back on the open market, as the Braves announced this afternoon that he’s elected free agency after passing through outright waivers unclaimed. This was the anticipated outcome once Atlanta designated Canó for assignment in the wake of their acquisition of Ehire Adrianza on Monday. It has been a tumultuous season for Canó, who…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Robinson Cano
  • Mike Soroka To Begin Simulated Games Soon

    Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said that right-hander Mike Soroka (Achilles) will begin throwing simulated games soon, but no date has been given yet for a minor league rehab assignment. Soroka suffered a setback in his recovery when he was hit by a comebacker in the knee while throwing live batting practice in July. The plan was always to have Soroka potentially return to the starting rotation at some point in September, though, so his ultimate timetable for a return probably hasn't changed all that much. The 25-year-old made just three starts in 2020 before his injury and is unlikely to have a shot to be a difference-maker in fantasy to close out this season. It would be nice if Soroka was an option for the Braves if they make the postseason, but that would be the icing on the cake for Atlanta.

    Aug 4 · Source via Braves Mike Soroka
  • Ozzie Albies Plays Catch

    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (foot) played catch on Wednesday, according to skipper Brian Snitker, and he will soon ramp up other baseball activities. In a best-case scenario, Albies could return in early to mid-September. The 25-year-old is no longer using a walking boot and will continue to ramp up his rehab in the coming weeks. He was hitting .244/.289/.405 with eight home runs, 33 RBI, 34 runs scored and three stolen bases in 242 at-bats before his injury. Even though Albies probably won't be ready until around midway through September, he's worth keeping stashed in an IL spot on fantasy rosters. Orlando Arcia should continue to man the keystone regularly in Atlanta.

    Aug 4 · Source via Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Michael Harris II Returns To The Lineup

    Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder Michael Harris II (foot) is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the division-rival New York Mets and right-hander Carlos Carrasco, starting in center field and batting ninth in the batting order. Harris was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to a sore right foot, but the injury wasn't serious and he'll return to the outfield a day later. The 21-year-old youngster has been great for Atlanta in his first major league season in 2022, hitting .280/.320/.478 with nine home runs, 30 RBI, 35 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 207 at-bats. He's gone 9-for-34 (.265) with a homer, four RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base in 10 games since the All-Star break. DFS gamers should probably look elsewhere since he's in the nine-hole.

    Aug 4 · Source via Braves Michael Harris
  • Jake Odorizzi To Take The Mound On Saturday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi is expected to make his team debut on Saturday. He was acquired by the Braves from the Houston Astros on Monday. The 32-year-old has registered a 3.75 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 46/17 K/BB ratio through 12 starts this season. He should be a fine addition to the Braves rotation down the stretch of the season. It's uncertain which game of the doubleheader that Odorizzi will pitch. Regardless, fantasy managers should expect Odorizzi to continues pitching well as part of the Braves.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Jake Odorizzi
  • Kenley Jansen Will Remain Braves' Primary Closer

    Atlanta Braves skipper Brian Snitker said that relief pitcher Kenley Jansen will continue to serve as the team's primary closer, but the newly acquired Raisel Iglesias is the secondary closer. Jansen is only on a one-year deal with Atlanta, while Iglesias is signed through the 2025 season. Jansen's fantasy managers were likely very uneasy when the Braves made the move to acquire Iglesias from the Los Angeles Angels at Tuesday's trade deadline, but for now, Jansen will remain the team's primary fireman. The 34-year-old right-hander has struggled at times this year, but he's been better of late and has a 3.43 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 54 strikeouts and a healthy 24 saves in 39 1/3 innings in 2022. Iglesias might pick up a save chance here or there if Jansen needs a break, but it looks like his fantasy value will take a hit with the move to Atlanta the rest of this season.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Travis d'Arnaud Out With Stomach Bug

    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud (illness) is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies due to a stomach bug. d'Arnaud was also out of the lineup on Tuesday. Fantasy managers should consider the 33-year-old backstop as day-to-day for now. He's been serviceable with the bat given the weak state of the catching position in fantasy, slashing .251/.299/.433 with 11 home runs, 40 RBI and 38 runs scored in 263 at-bats. William Contreras will be behind the dish again on Wednesday and is hitting seventh against Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler. Contreras, an All-Star for the first time this year, is a fine replacement and is hitting .259/.345/.534 with an .880 OPS, 13 home runs, 26 RBI, 27 runs scored and two stolen bases in 174 at-bats.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • Michael Harris II Scratched From Lineup Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves rookie outfielder Michael Harris II (foot) has been scratched from the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. He's dealing with a sore right foot after being hit by a pitch on Tuesday night. Guillermo Heredia is replacing Harris in center field and will hit ninth in the batting order against Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler. Fantasy managers should consider Harris day-to-day for now. The 21-year-old has been great in his first 58 major league games, slashing .280/.320/.478 with nine homers, 30 RBI, 35 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. Heredia should be avoided in DFS, as he's gone just 8-for-63 (.127) with three home runs and six RBI as a bench bat for the Braves in 2022.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Michael Harris
  • Spencer Strider Strikes Out A Baker's Dozen Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Spencer Strider continued to mow hitters down in Tuesday's 13-1 win over the Phillies. Strider pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk with 13 strikeouts. The 23-year-old has been a strikeout machine since joining the starting rotation and now is 6-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 133 strikeouts through 87 IP. Strider's next scheduled start will likely be a tough one at the Mets, but he has earned the right to be started by fantasy managers in tough matchups.

    Aug 3 · Source via Braves Spencer Strider
  • Raisel Iglesias Moved To Braves

    Los Angeles Angels closer Raisel Iglesias has been traded to the Atlanta Braves. This is another last minute trade deadline move as the Braves look to bolster their bullpen. In exchange for Iglesias, the Angels will receive pitchers Jesse Chavez and Tucker Davidson. This season, Iglesias holds a 4.04 ERA with 48/9 K/BB ratio and 16 saves through 35.7 innings. This move will most likely hurt Iglesias considering he won't be the closer in Atlanta. He'll likely still pitch in high leverage spots, but it might not always be the ninth inning. As for the Angels, they get two MLB arms to immediately help their roster. Chavez has a 2.66 ERA through 44 games and Davidson has struggled this season, but shown flashes during his career. The expectation is that both of them will be on the Angels roster right away.

    Aug 2 · Source via Angels Braves Raisel Iglesias closers
  • William Smith Headed To Houston

    The Houston Astros acquired relief pitcher William Smith from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi Monday amidst a number of moves, per Fox 26's Mark Berman. Smith was serving the role of late-inning pitcher behind Kenley Jansen and will now fall into that same role behind Ryan Pressly. The veteran has had a lackluster season to this point, compiling a 4.38 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with five of eight save opportunities converted. That being said, Smith has been a reliable late-innings pitcher throughout his career and should bolster the Astros' bullpen. In terms of fantasy, Smith's value will remain relatively low, as he will not see consistent save opportunities unless injuries occur.

    Aug 2 · Source via Braves Astros Will Smith closers
  • Austin Riley Gets Massive Extension

    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley has received a well-deserved extension from the organization. The 25-year-old has agreed to a 10-year deal worth $212 million, which is the highest in franchise history. This deal will buy out Riley's three remaining arbitration years as well as seven free agent years. Riley had a breakout season in 2021 and followed that up with another strong year in 2022. The young star is hitting over .300 with 29 home runs and 68 RBI through 101 games. The Braves want to make sure they lock up their stud third baseman before it's too late. He's expected to be a cornerstone piece of this organization for years to come.

    Aug 1 · Source via Braves Austin Riley
  • Braves Acquire Ehire Adrianza, Designate Robinson Cano For Assignment

    The Braves announced Monday that they’ve acquired infielder Ehire Adrianza from the Nationals in exchange for minor league outfielder Trey Harris. In a corresponding roster move, Robinson Cano has been designated for assignment. It’s Adrianza’s second stint with the Braves, as he also filled a utility role for Atlanta just last season. The veteran switch-hitter…

    Aug 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Nationals Braves Ehire Adrianza Robinson Cano
  • Ian Anderson Hurls Six-Shutout Frames Saturday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson was superb on Saturday as he allowed just one hit over six-scoreless frames in his club's 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks. The victory took his record to 9-6 on the season as he struck out nine batters in the contest while issuing just one free pass in the 97-pitch outing. It was the first time the right-hander lasted six innings since a June 19 start and a nice bounce back contest after he gave up seven runs over three innings last weekend. Anderson will take an underwhelming 4.99 ERA and 1.50 WHIP into his next start versus the division-rival Mets.

    Jul 31 · Source via Braves Ian Anderson
  • Kenley Jansen Unavailable Saturday

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kenley Jansen (back) is unavailable to pitch Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks after feeling a twinge in his back during his appearance Friday. The injury isn't considered serious, but fantasy managers should keep an eye out for news on the Braves closer over the next few days. Jansen has put up 24 saves in 28 opportunities this season while pitching to a 3.52 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 53 strikeouts and 10 walks in 38 IP. Expect A.J. Minter or Will Smith to get a chance at the save tonight if the opportunity arises.

    Jul 30 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Kyle Wright Posts Strong Outing

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright continued his impressive campaign against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. The 26-year-old went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, and two earned runs in the victory. He was perfect through two innings before Jake McCarthy walked to leadoff the inning. The D-Backs got to him a few times, but this was still a strong outing for the right-hander. After this performance, Wright has an impressive 2.93 ERA through 20 starts. He'll get a tough challenge against the New York Mets during his next start.

    Jul 30 · Source via Braves Kyle Wright
  • Kenley Jansen Records 24th Save

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kenley Jansen didn't make it easy during Friday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The veteran right-hander struck out the first two batters of the inning before things escalated on him. Jansen allowed a triple and two walks to load up the bases with two outs. Luckily, he was able to get Jordan Luplow to swing and miss to finish off the game. This notched his 24th save of the season, but it wasn't pretty.

    Jul 30 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Matt Olson Hits His 20th Homer On Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBI in the team's 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. He has now homered in two straight games and he has a total of 20 home runs on the year, with eight of them coming this month. Olson has been having a solid year overall, but it wasn't until July that his home run total caught up to the rest of his surface numbers. He owns a .252/.339/.499 slash line on the season to go along with 66 RBI and an MLB-leading 35 doubles.

    Jul 28 · Source via Braves Matt Olson
  • Kyle Muller Has Broken Bone In Hand

    Atlanta Braves left-handed pitching prospect Kyle Muller (hand) has a broken bone in his non-pitching hand after being hit by a comebacker during batting practice a few days ago. The team is trying to get a splint made that will allow him to continue pitching while recovering from the injury, which is why he's not listed in Triple-A Gwinnett's planned starters for the next five days. Muller is the team's top prospect, per MLB Pipeline. The 24-year-old southpaw made one start with the Braves on May 1 against the Texas Rangers and allowed seven earned runs while walking six in just 2 2/3 innings. He's been much better at Gwinnett, posting a 2.96 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 117 K's in 94 1/3 innings over 16 starts. It remains to be seen how long Muller will be out, but the 6-foot-7 lefty could see some more starts with the Braves in the second half of the season.

    Jul 27 · Source via Braves Kyle Muller
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Heads To The Bench Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. isn't in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Acuna is in a bit of a slump at the plate lately and will get a normal day to rest, so fantasy managers need to pull him out of their lineups. His recent cold stretch has dropped his season line to .259/.357/.398 with eight home runs, 23 RBI, 39 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 251 at-bats. Acuna is still a must-start in fantasy when he's on the field. Eddie Rosario is starting in right field and hitting fifth against Phillies right-hander Kyle Gibson. In only 96 at-bats in 2022, Rosario has struggled, going 14-for-96 (.146) with two home runs and six RBI.

    Jul 27 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Kenley Jansen Enters Late For 23rd Save Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen came in to save the day in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Phillies. Jansen entered the bottom of the ninth inning up by three with one out and a runner on first. He was able to prevent the Phillies from fighting back further by getting the two batters he faced out on a flyout and a groundout, earning his 23rd save of the season. The 34-year-old has been a reliable fantasy option this season, converting all but four save opportunities with a 3.62 ERA and a 12.05 K/9 rate.

    Jul 27 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Secures His 21st Stolen Base Monday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in the team's 6-4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. He now has eight stolen bases over 21 games this month and a total of 21 stolen bases across 63 games on the year. Despite missing significant time due to injuries, Acuna is tied for third in all of the majors in stolen bases. His elite production on the base paths has helped make up for his disappointing output in other categories thus far in 2022. He owns a .264/.363/.407 slash line on the year to go along with just eight home runs. His .770 OPS is a career-low clip, well below his career .904 OPS. His underlying metrics are also mostly down from his career marks, but he still maintains a 90th percentile average exit velocity (91.6 mph) and a 95th percentile xwOBA (.378).

    Jul 26 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Adam Duvall To Undergo Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Adam Duvall (wrist) will undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. Due to the lengthy recovery period following the procedure, he will be out for the remainder of the 2022 season. Duvall sustained the injury when his wrist was jammed into the outfield wall during this Saturday's game. Eddie Rosario and Guillermo Heredia should both see their playing time increase going forward, but we could also see the Braves make a move prior to the trade deadline to bulk up their outfield.

    Jul 25 · Source via Braves Adam Duvall
  • Adam Duvall To Undergo Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

    4:41PM: Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters that Duvall will undergo surgery, and Toscano reports that the procedure will end Duvall’s season.  The outfielder will finish 2022 with a .213/.276/.401 slash line and 12 homers over 315 PA, so between that inconsistent production and his wrist injury, Duvall could be facing a pretty modest market…

    Jul 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Adam Duvall
  • Kirby Yates Performs Well In Rehab Appearance

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kirby Yates (elbow) worked a scoreless inning of relief for Double-A Mississippi on Friday. He allowed a pair of hits but whiffed two batters as well. The 35-year-old reliever was making his first rehab appearance as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Barring any type of setback, Yates should join the Braves' bullpen at some point in early-to-mid August.

    Jul 23 · Source via Braves Kirby Yates closers
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