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  • Austin Riley Still Out Against Padres

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (side) remains sidelined for Friday's series opener against the visiting San Diego Padres. Zack Short will make yet another start at the hot corner in Atlanta and will hit in the nine-hole versus Padres right-hander Matt Waldron. Riley is missing his fourth straight game after being pulled from Sunday's game early against the New York Mets with a left-side issue. The 27-year-old's MRI exam earlier this week showed only inflammation, so there's still hope he can avoid a trip to the injured list. Still, if Riley cannot play at all in the weekend series against the Padres, things could change. Since joining the Braves, Short has gone 4-for-10 with two doubles and two RBI in just four games, but he's hitting .192 (5-for-26) on the year as a whole and is a career .175 hitter in 193 big-league games. Avoid him in DFS.

    May 17 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Spencer Schwellenbach Impresses In Double-A Debut

    Atlanta Braves pitcher prospect Spencer Schwellenbach made his Double-A debut on Wednesday and was impressive in his first start. Schwellenbach began the season in High-A and registered a 2.53 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 32 innings. His strong showing was enough for the Braves to promote their No. 3 prospect. In his debut for Double-A Mississippi, Schwellenbach tossed six scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and struck out a career-high nine batters with one walk. The 23-year-old is very athletic and was a potential two-way player coming out of Nebraska in 2023. The right-hander has already recovered from Tommy John surgery and offers an impressive four-pitch arsenal that includes a fastball in the mid-90's. The right-hander has impressed early in his professional career and is a name for managers in dynasty leagues to keep an eye as he is likely a year or two away from making an impact at the big-league level.

    May 16 · Source via Prospects Atlanta Braves Spencer Schwellenbach
  • Hurston Waldrep Tosses Complete Game At Double-A

    Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Hurston Waldrep threw eight innings in a 2-1 victory for Double-A Mississippi on Wednesday. The righty allowed six hits and one run but did not walk a batter while striking out a season-high eight. The 22-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2023 Draft and is currently listed as the Braves second-ranked prospect per MLB.com (No. 75 in MLB). Waldrep is 2-3 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and a 14:33 BB:K in 38 IP so far in 2024. Look for Waldrep to make it to Triple-A at some point this season, and depending on the health of the Braves rotation, it's within the realm of possibility to see him make a couple starts in Atlanta by season's end.

    May 15 · Source via Prospects Atlanta Braves Hurston Waldrep
  • Sean Murphy Set For Rehab Assignment Next Week

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy (oblique) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment next week, which could start as early as Monday. This is a very encouraging development for the Braves, who lost Murphy to a strained left oblique all the way back on Opening Day. The 29-year-old All-Star backstop has remained sidelined with the injury far longer than it was originally anticipated, but he's back on course to get back behind the dish for Atlanta sometime in late May if all goes well. Fantasy managers who have been streaming Travis d'Arnaud probably should start making other arrangements, but with the veteran slashing a strong .260/.342/.510 with five home runs, 10 doubles, and 16 RBI over 100 at-bats this year, he remains a hold in two-catcher leagues until Murphy returns.

    May 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Sean Murphy
  • Reynaldo Lopez Listed As Sunday's Starter

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez (back) is listed as the probable starter for Sunday's matchup against the visiting San Diego Padres. After exiting Monday's appearance against the Chicago Cubs following 71 pitches due to back tightness, Lopez is good to go for his next scheduled start and won't need to miss any time. The hard-throwing 30-year-old right-hander has been a pleasant surprise out of Atlanta's rotation over seven starts in 2024, compiling a 1.34 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 40:16 K:BB in 40 1/3 innings thus far during his first season with the Braves. With that said, Lopez owns a 3.72 xERA on Baseball Savant and could be in for some regression at some point. The Padres entered Wednesday's action ranking fifth in the major leagues in both average (.255) and runs scored (211) covering 45 games.

    May 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Reynaldo Lopez
  • Austin Riley Remains Sidelined Against Cubs

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (side) remains out of action on Wednesday for the series finale against the visiting Chicago Cubs. Zack Short will continue to start at the hot corner for Atlanta and will bat ninth against Cubs right-hander Javier Assad. This will be the third straight game that Riley has missed after leaving Sunday's loss to the New York Mets with left-side inflammation. It's a day-to-day situation for the 27-year-old from now, and he could be back in the team's starting lineup on Friday for the series opener against the visiting San Diego Padres with a scheduled off day coming on Friday. Short is a light-hitting infielder that should be avoided in fantasy formats, especially hitting at the bottom of the order. The 28-year-old has gone 3-for-22 (.136) this year with no homers, one RBI and one stolen base.

    May 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Resting For First Time This Year

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is sitting out on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs for the first time this season. With Acuna retreating to the bench, Adam Duvall will start in right field and bat six and center fielder Michael Harris II will bat leadoff for Atlanta against Cubs right-hander Javier Assad. With a scheduled off day coming on Thursday, Acuna will be back in the lineup on Friday for the start of a series against the visiting San Diego Padres. The reigning National League MVP has been a bit disappointing by his standards through 155 at-bats in 2024, slashing .245/.354/.342 with only three home runs and 11 RBI, but he's also added 14 stolen bases and 33 runs scored and remains a must-start in all formats when he's active. Harris becomes a much more attractive DFS play at the top of the Braves' lineup on Wednesday.

    May 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Chris Sale Whiffs Nine Batters In Seven Scoreless Innings Tuesday

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    <span data-preserver-spaces="true">Atlanta Braves starting pitcher</span>Chris Sale<span data-preserver-spaces="true"> (6-1) stymied hitters and picked up the win in Tuesday's 7-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The lanky left-hander improved his record to 6-1 on the season with nine strikeouts, two hits, and no walks in seven shutout innings. Sale has had a stellar May, only allowing one run in 18 innings pitched with a 0.83 WHIP and 28 strikeouts. This hot streak has lowered his season ERA to 2.54, which begs the question. Is vintage Chris Sale back? It's hard not to think so, with three straight games of nine or more strikeouts while allowing only one total run. His next start on Monday will be a challenge against a San Diego Padres club that ranks fifth in the league in batting this season.</span>

    May 14 · Source via Atlanta Braves Chris Sale
  • Austin Riley Remains Out Tuesday

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (side) is not in the team's starting lineup on Tuesday against the visiting Chicago Cubs. In his place yet again, Zack Short will start at third and will hit ninth for the Braves against Cubs right-hander Jameson Taillon. The 27-year-old will be missing his second straight game, but the good news is an MRI exam on Monday showed only inflammation in his side after he was forced from Sunday night's loss to the New York Mets early. The Braves will be off on Thursday, so Riley could be held out until Friday for the start of a series against the visiting San Diego Padres. When healthy and in the lineup, Riley is a must-start in all fantasy formats in the strong Braves' lineup. He should be considered day-to-day for now.

    May 14 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • A.J. Minter Earns First Save Of Season Monday

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    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher A.J. Minter picked up his first save of the season in Monday's 2-0 win over the Cubs. Minter entered the game to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two. He allowed a leadoff single and a walk but induced a ground-ball double play and ended the game with a flyout. Raisel Iglesias had pitched in two of the team's last three games, so Minter got the nod to close this one out. Minter has had closing experience in the past but has only converted one of four opportunities this season with a 3.57 ERA in 17 2/3 innings of work. He is worth a look in deeper roto leagues and saves-plus-holds leagues, but his fantasy value will remain limited overall if Iglesias is healthy.

    May 14 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves A.J. Minter
  • Reynaldo Lopez Leaves With Back Tightness, Expected To Make Next Start

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    Atlanta Braves right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (back) was pulled from his start early on Monday against the visiting Chicago Cubs due to back tightness. Before leaving, Lopez threw five scoreless innings with two hits allowed while walking two and striking out four to lower his season ERA to a sparkling 1.34. The 30-year-old did not get a decision in his latest strong performance before leaving early due to an injury. For now, fantasy managers should consider Lopez to be day-to-day, and the Braves currently don't think that his injury is serious enough to keep him from making his next scheduled start. Lopez has been a revelation for the Braves and for fantasy managers in deeper leagues that took a chance on him after he hadn't started a game since 2022 with the Chicago White Sox.

    May 13 · Source via Atlanta Braves Reynaldo Lopez
  • Austin Riley Dealing With Inflammation, Considered Day-To-Day

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley's (side) MRI exam on Monday showed only inflammation in his side and he's considered day-to-day. Riley was pulled from Sunday's loss to the New York Mets with an injury to his left side and didn't play in the series opener on Monday versus the Chicago Cubs as a result. The 27-year-old shouldn't need a trip to the 10-day injured list after his MRI exam came back negative, but there's no guarantee that he'll be back in the starting lineup for the second game of the series against Chicago on Tuesday. With Riley out on Monday, Zack Short got the start at third base and was hitting ninth in the batting order. Riley is hitting .245 (36-for-147) on the year with three home runs and 18 RBI but has been hot so far in May, going 10-for-32 (.313) with a homer and four RBI in nine games.

    May 13 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Austin Riley Undergoing MRI, Not In Monday's Lineup

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (side) is undergoing an MRI exam on Monday and is not in the team's starting lineup for the series opener against the visiting Chicago Cubs. The Braves are still hopeful that Riley will avoid a stint on the injured list but they won't know more until they see the results, which will likely be known after Monday's game, according to manager Brian Snitker. With Riley out on Monday, Zack Short is starting at third base and is batting ninth against Cubs left-hander Shota Imanaga. The 27-year-old Riley was pulled from Sunday's loss to the New York Mets with soreness in his left side. The Braves are optimistic now, but side injuries can be tricky to return quickly from, so fantasy managers may want to prepare for Riley landing on the IL just in case. If Riley does land on the IL, the Braves could call up utility infielder David Fletcher from the minors.

    May 13 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Austin Riley Considers Himself Day-To-Day

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (side) isn't too concerned about being removed from Sunday night's loss to the division-rival New York Mets early as a precaution with left-side tightness and considers himself day-to-day. Riley started feeling tightness in his side during batting practice before Sunday's contest and was eventually removed in the fourth inning after going 1-for-2. The 27-year-old doesn't know if he'll go for an MRI exam on Monday, but there's a very good chance he won't be in the starting lineup for the series opener on Monday against the Chicago Cubs. Fantasy managers will have to make a tough decision whether to keep him in their lineups in weekly leagues, but you shouldn't rule out a trip to the injured list.

    May 13 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Austin Riley Removed From Sunday's Game

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (back) was removed during Sunday's game against the New York Mets. The slugging infielder appears to have injured himself during a swing in the third inning. As a precaution, the Braves decided to remove Riley from the game before the bottom of the fourth inning. Braves' manager Brian Snitker reportedly said that Riley was dealing with tightness in his side before the game. The team obviously doesn't want to take any chances with their young superstar. Fantasy managers shouldn't hit the panic button quite yet. There should be more information on his status following Sunday's game. Orlando Arcia, Luke Williams, and Zack Short would be options to play third base if Riley does miss time.

    May 12 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Max Fried Picks Up Third Win, Fires Seven No-Hit Innings

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    Atlanta Braves left-hander Max Fried (3-1) allowed three walks while striking out five over seven scoreless and hitless innings in Saturday's 4-1 win over the New York Mets. The 30-year-old was removed after 109 pitches. Braves manager Brian Snitker pulled Fried from continuing to pursue the individual no-hitter and turned to the bullpen to close it out. The team's no-hitter was broken when Raisel Iglesias surrendered a solo shot to J.D. Martinez during the ninth inning. Fried has been dealing lately and has not allowed a run in three of his last four starts. Overall, he owns a 3.57 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and a 37:17 K: BB across 45 1/13 innings in 2024. Fried has been pitching well recently and should remain in all fantasy lineups for his next start Friday against the San Diego Padres.

    May 11 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Max Fried Raisel Iglesias
  • Charlie Morton Fans Seven In Quality Start

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton tossed seven strong innings in Friday's victory over the division-rival New York Mets, giving up one run on three hits (one home run) and one walk with seven strikeouts. Besides the seven punchouts, Morton's highlight of the night came when he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning by striking out Mets third baseman Brett Baty to end the frame. The 40-year-old right-hander remains a dependable fantasy starter at this stage of his career, featuring a rock-solid 3.14 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 40:14 K:BB through 43 frames (seven starts) during the fourth season of his second stint in Atlanta this year. Morton is slated to take the hill in Wednesday's series finale at home against the Chicago Cubs. In four starts against the Cubs since 2021, Morton has a dicey 6.16 ERA and 20:11 K:BB over 19 innings.

    May 11 · Source via Atlanta Braves Charlie Morton
  • Ronald Acuna Crushes Third Homer

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. crushed his third home run of the year in Friday's victory over the division-rival New York Mets. Acuna's homer was a 461-foot moonshot off Mets left-hander Jose Quintana, getting the Braves on the board and catalyzing a four-run Atlanta third inning. The 26-year-old fantasy sensation's shortcomings in the power department during the early part of the season have been well-documented, as evidenced by his three bombs, six doubles, and nine RBI through 162 plate appearances, but Acuna's scored 32 runs and stolen 14 bases across 35 games atop this stacked lineup to make up for it in fantasy. Acuna gets two more shots at the Mets this weekend. In 35 games against New York since 2022, he's batting .321 with three round-trippers, 14 RBI, and 25 runs scored.

    May 11 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Raisel Iglesias Gains 10th Save

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias finished off the division-rival New York Mets to preserve Friday's win, but he allowed one run on one hit and one walk before gaining the save in the ninth inning. Starling Marte walked before Pete Alonso singled him in later in the frame, and J.D. Martinez just missed a game-tying home run that was fouled off during the final at-bat of the game before flying out. Despite Iglesias' shaky outing, he's been one of fantasy's most bankable closers with a 2.35 ERA and 1.04 WHIP while fanning 10, walking four over, and converting 10 of his 12 save opportunities over 15 1/3 innings for the Braves this season. The 34-year-old right-hander should remain a reliable option for saves for the remainder of the season.

    May 11 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Matt Olson Snaps Home Run Drought

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    Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson homered during Friday's 4-2 win over the New York Mets, snapping a stretch that saw the All-Star go 26 straight games without going deep. Olson had not homered since he went deep off Diamondbacks hurler Ryne Nelson in the second inning of a 5-2 win over Arizona on April 7. The home run, just Olson's fourth of the season, was only the fifth hit he had recorded in the month of May, entering Friday's game with a .190/.290/.190 slash line in 21 at-bats prior to Friday. Despite his recent struggles, Olson remains a must-start in all league formats. Overall, the 30-year-old slugger is slashing .202/.311/.372 with four home runs, 18 RBI, and 16 runs across 151 plate appearances in 2024.

    May 10 · Source via Atlanta Braves Matt Olson
  • Owen Murphy Nearing Double-A Promotion

    Atlanta Braves starting pitching prospect Owen Murphy has been one of the best pitchers in all of the minor leagues this season, and he posted another dominant outing on Wednesday. Murphy tossed five innings of two-run ball with three hits, two walks, and struck out eight. This start brings the 20-year-old to a 1.82 ERA and 0.78 WHIP with 49 punchouts across 34 innings. Murphy has yet to allow more than two earned runs in his six starts this season and is making a case for a promotion to Double-A. Even though Murphy is still a couple of years away from his major league debut, dynasty managers should pay close attention to him as he is developing into an elite strikeout pitcher and could be promoted to Double-A fairly soon.

    May 9 · Source via Prospects Atlanta Braves Owen Murphy
  • Braves Acquire Zack Short From Red Sox

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    The Red Sox have traded infielder Zack Short to the Braves in exchange for cash considerations, per announcements from both clubs. Boston had designated him for assignment earlier this week. Atlanta opened up a roster spot earlier today by trading Luis Guillorme to the Angels. Short, 29 this month, is a utility player with a...

    May 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Boston Red Sox Zack Short
  • Angels Acquire Luis Guillorme, Transfer Anthony Rendon To 60-Day IL

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    10:00am: The Braves announced that Guillorme has been traded to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash. The Angels have also announced the swap, transferring third baseman Anthony Rendon to the 60-day injured list to create roster space. Rendon has been out since April 20 with a hamstring injury and will...

    May 9 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Los Angeles Angels Luis Guillorme Anthony Rendon
  • Braves Acquire Zack Short From Red Sox

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    The Atlanta Braves acquired infielder Zack Short from the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. The move comes after the Braves shipped veteran infielder Luis Guillorme to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations on the same day. The 28-year-old Short will be on his third MLB team of the year after starting the season with the New York Mets. In 12 games with the Mets and Red Sox this year, he's gone 1-for-16 with two walks and eight strikeouts. Short will operate in a utility bench role in Atlanta and may not stick around for long there, either. The former 17th-round pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2016 out of Sacred Heart has hit just .169/.262/.299 with 13 home runs, 55 RBI and eight stolen bases in 189 career games played in the majors since debuting in 2021.

    May 9 · Source via Boston Red Sox Atlanta Braves Zack Short
  • Orlando Arcia Homers Wednesday

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    Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia homered and doubled, both off Nick Pivetta, in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the Red Sox. The home run was Arcia's third of the year while the double was his eleventh which tied him for fourth-most in baseball and just three behind the leader (Shohei Ohtani, 14). Arcia got off to a hot start, hitting .309 through April 27, but has since cooled off, going 5-for-32 (.156) over his last nine games. The 29-year-old is hitting .270 on the season with 13 RBI and 14 runs scored, but due to his ultra-low walk rate (3.0%), his OBP is just .291. Hopefully the two-hit day is the beginning of another hot streak for the 2023 All-Star.

    May 9 · Source via Atlanta Braves Orlando Arcia
  • Marcell Ozuna Swats Two More Long Balls

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    Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna halted a mini slump with two more home runs in Wednesday's 5-0 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox, adding a walk in the shutout victory. Entering the day just 4-for-28 with one homer over his last eight outings, Ozuna got right back to his dominant ways first with a three-run jack in the first inning and later with a solo shot in the third frame. Over 144 trips to the dish (34 games), the 33-year-old star slugger is slashing a phenomenal .315/.396/.646 with 12 round-trippers, six doubles, an MLB-leading 38 RBI, and 23 runs scored and should continue piling up counting stats as the everyday No. 5 hitter in Atlanta's loaded lineup. A three-game weekend series with the division-rival New York Mets commences on Friday, which fantasy managers should be looking forward to. In 13 games against the Mets since 2023, Ozuna is batting a torrid .396 with six long balls, seven doubles, and 18 RBI.

    May 9 · Source via Atlanta Braves Marcell Ozuna
  • Chris Sale Fans 10 In Fourth Straight Win

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Chris Sale produced his first double-digit strikeout effort of the season in Wednesday's 5-0 victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox, throwing six scoreless innings on six hits and one walk en route to his fifth win of the year. Staked to an early four-run lead, Sale cruised through his former club with relative ease on Wednesday. After giving up five runs to the last-place Miami Marlins back on April 19, the 35-year-old seven-time All-Star has gone 4-0 with a pristine 1.50 ERA and 32:3 K:BB over his past four starts (23 innings) for the Braves. Up next, Sale sets up for a manageable home start against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Over their last 12 outings, the Cubs are scoring just 2.8 runs per game.

    May 9 · Source via Atlanta Braves Chris Sale
  • E.J. Exposito Homers Three Times In One Week

    Atlanta Braves infield prospect E.J. Exposito is a former 16th-round pick who played college ball at Long Island University. He has decent contact and power skills, continuing to spray the ball to all parts of the field and showing legitimate pop. Defensively, he offers the Braves versatility in the infield. While he'll likely play second base long-term, he's already seen plenty of action at first base, third base, and shortstop, too. Last week was huge for Exposito as he ultimately hit 11-for-23 (.478) with three home runs and five RBI. He also contributed plenty of value on the basepaths by stealing five bases on five attempts last week. The 23-year-old's biggest weakness is his tendency to strike out (3.0 K/BB last week), which he'll need to address before any potential promotion.

    May 8 · Source via Prospects Atlanta Braves E.J. Exposito
  • Sean Murphy Making Progress

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    Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said that catcher Sean Murphy (oblique) has advanced to hitting in the batting cages after hitting off a tee twice last week. Murphy is inching closer to a return from the Grade 1 left-oblique strain that he suffered in the season opener. The 29-year-old is going to need to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before he returns to the Braves, too, so fantasy baseball managers are going to need to wait a little longer before they get the catcher back. The former third-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2016 out of Wright State was a first-time All-Star in 2023 in his first season with the Braves and should remain stashed in all fantasy leagues as one of the better offensive catchers in baseball when healthy. Veteran Travis d'Arnaud will continue to serve as the team's starter behind the plate until Murphy returns.

    May 8 · Source via Atlanta Braves Sean Murphy
  • Jarred Kelenic Launches First Home Run Of The Season

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Jarred Kelenic went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. He blasted a two-run shot off Kutter Crawford in the bottom of the third inning to give the Braves a 2-0 lead. Kelenic's homer traveled 368 feet with an exit velocity of 97 mph. It was his home run for the Braves as well as the regular season. He is now slashing .280/.333/.373 with a home run, six RBI, and nine runs scored over 81 plate appearances in 2024. Kelenic will continue to sit against lefties in favor of Adam Duvall, and his long ball on Tuesday was his first hit over his last five games. Despite his recent struggles, Kelenic produces enough to be a fantasy starter in 12-plus team leagues or formats that require you to start five outfielders.

    May 8 · Source via Atlanta Braves Jarred Kelenic
  • Raisel Iglesias Notches Ninth Save Of Season Tuesday

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias picked up his ninth save of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Red Sox. Iglesias came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by two and shut the door with a 1-2-3 outing with a strikeout. The 34-year-old veteran has not racked up the strikeouts fantasy managers would expect but has converted all but two save opportunities with a 1.88 ERA. He should continue to serve as a higher-end fantasy option in his current role with a great offense supporting him.

    May 8 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Tyler Matzek Lands On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Atlanta Braves placed left-hander Tyler Matzek (elbow) on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to May 5) with left-elbow inflammation on Tuesday and recalled left-hander Ray Kerr from the minors in a corresponding move. It's not a good sign for a pitcher that missed all of last season following Tommy John surgery. In addition to his injury, the 33-year-old veteran reliever has not been good so far in 2024, allowing 11 earned runs on 16 hits (three home runs) while walking three and striking out 10 in 10 innings out of Atlanta's bullpen. Given the fact that he missed all of last year due to injury, it seems likely that Matzek won't be able to return to the Braves' bullpen when he's eligible to come off the 15-day IL.

    May 7 · Source via Atlanta Braves Tyler Matzek
  • Braves Place Pierce Johnson On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Braves placed right-hander Pierce Johnson on the 15-day injured list due to inflammation in his throwing elbow.  Johnson's placement is backdated to May 1.  Atlanta also announced that Jackson Stephens' contract has been selected from Triple-A Gwinnett, and that to create 40-man roster space for Stephens, left-hander Angel Perdomo was moved from the 15-day...

    May 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Atlanta Braves Pierce Johnson Angel Perdomo Jackson Stephens
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Hits Second Home Run In Loss

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 2-for-5 with a home run in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Dodgers. The home run came in the eighth inning and knotted the game up at 2-2, although the Braves would go on to lose in extras. For managers that drafted the reigning MVP first overall, he's been a disappointment for fantasy with just two home runs and eight RBI on the year. The 26-year-old has scored 30 times and has stolen 13 bases, so it hasn't been all bad. Hopefully Acuna can up the power production going forward, although it could be a tall task Saturday against Tyler Glasnow and his league-leading 53 strikeouts.

    May 4 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Sean Murphy Resumes Swinging Off A Tee

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy (oblique) swung off a tee in Seattle during the team's series earlier this week against the Mariners. Murphy felt good, and he's going to keep building up from there. There was originally some hope that Murphy would have been over his Grade 1 left oblique strain, which he suffered back on March 29, by early May, but there's no clear timeline for his return at this stage of his recovery. The 29-year-old All-Star backstop probably won't be back with the Braves until the mid-to-late portion of May. In Murphy's stead, former All-Star Travis d'Arnaud has operated as Atlanta's primary catcher and is worth streaming in all fantasy formats in the meantime. d'Arnaud is slashing a robust .282/.358/.592 with five home runs, seven doubles, 16 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 81 trips to the plate (25 games) this year.

    May 4 · Source via Atlanta Braves Sean Murphy
  • Charlie Morton Looking To Excel Again On Friday

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    Atlanta Braves right-hander Charlie Morton will be aiming for more success on Friday when he takes the mound for a road contest against the difficult Los Angeles Dodgers. The 40-year-old dominated the Cleveland Guardians his last time out, tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and a walk against six strikeouts but took a tough-luck no-decision in an eventual 4-2 extra-inning loss. The veteran has had an up-and-down season that includes 5 2/3 shutout innings in his first start of the season before he allowed 10 earned runs over his next two outings and 11 1/3 innings of work. However, he has not allowed just two earned runs over 13 innings in his last two starts and owns a 3.60 ERA through five starts. He will take on a Dodgers team that ranks first in baseball with a .354 wOBA versus right-handed pitching.

    May 3 · Source via Atlanta Braves Charlie Morton
  • Braves Acquire Jimmy Herget

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    The Braves have acquired reliever Jimmy Herget from the Angels for cash considerations, both teams announced. Atlanta had an opening on the 40-man roster after waiving David Fletcher last week. They optioned Herget to Triple-A Gwinnett, so no further move was necessary. Herget has been with the Halos since 2021. Los Angeles inked the sidewinding righty...

    May 3 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves David Fletcher Jimmy Herget
  • AJ Smith-Shawver Rounding Into Form

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher prospect AJ Smith-Shawver threw five strong innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. The lefty allowed no runs on three hits and one walk while striking out five. The 21-year-old now has a 5.09 ERA and 1.36 WHIP on the season with 21 strikeouts in 17 2/3 IP. Ranked as the Braves' top prospect, he'll surely make an appearance in Atlanta this season after making his MLB debut in 2023, starting five games for the Braves while recording a 4.26 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, and a 20:11 K:BB. Fantasy managers should scoop him up once he does get the call as he should be a solid starter on a team that produces plenty of run support.

    May 1 · Source via Prospects Atlanta Braves AJ Smith-Shawver
  • Chris Sale Strikes Out Nine Batters

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Chris Sale has been surprisingly reliable on the mound this season. The left-hander has rejuvenated his career since joining the Braves. On Wednesday, Sale recorded a season-high nine strikeouts while allowing one run over five innings of work in the win over the Seattle Mariners. Sale has allowed three or fewer runs in five of his six starts to open the season. He'll take his 3.44 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 42/7 K/BB ratio into his next start versus the Boston Red Sox.

    May 1 · Source via Atlanta Braves Chris Sale
  • Travis d'Arnaud Resting Wednesday

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud is getting the day off in the series finale on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. With d'Arnaud riding pine, Chadwick Tromp will catch left-hander Chris Sale and will bat ninth for the Braves against Mariners right-hander Emerson Hancock. With Sean Murphy (oblique) on the injured list, d'Arnaud has become Atlanta's primary catcher and has thrived with the opportunity. The 35-year-old veteran is currently hitting .282 (20-for-71) with five home runs, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored in his first 25 games of the year. With a scheduled off day on Thursday before a showdown on the road in LA against the Dodgers, d'Arnaud should be back behind the dish on Friday. Tromp is one to avoid in DFS formats in the nine-hole.

    May 1 · Source via Atlanta Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • Owen Murphy Strikes Out 10 In Latest Gem

    Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Owen Murphy was the club's first-round pick in 2022 and has flashed significant upside ever since making his pro debut. The right-hander gets good spin behind his offerings, making up for a lack of velocity likely caused by his relatively undersized 6-foot-1 frame. His fastball registers in the low 90s. He also throws a slider with good break and a slow, loopy curveball that misses enough bats. Finally, he's working on improving his changeup. Murphy was quite effective in his outing last week, striking out 10 batters and allowing just one hit over seven scoreless innings. He has looked brilliant at the High-A level this year, never allowing more than two runs in a single outing. If he continues to pitch well, he could earn a promotion to Double-A by the end of May.

    May 1 · Source via Prospects Atlanta Braves Owen Murphy
  • Ozzie Albies Hits A Double In Loss On Monday

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    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies brought in the only run on Monday in the 2-1 loss against the Seattle Mariners. Albies went 1-for-4, with his only hit being a double, but he also brought in the only run for Atlanta. The 27-year-old has provided production for a powerful Braves lineup this season, hitting .325 (26-for-80) in 19 games. He has nine doubles, two homers, 16 runs, 17 RBI, five walks, and 14 strikeouts. Albies returned from the 10-day injured list (fractured toe) four days ago and picked up where he left off for fantasy managers, remaining a consistent starter.

    Apr 30 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Max Fried Pitches Six No-Hit innings Monday

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried continued to impress in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Mariners. Coming off a complete-game shutout, Fried pitched six no-hit innings, allowing two walks and seven strikeouts. The 30-year-old got off to an extremely rough start to the season but is now 2-0 with a 4.02 ERA, a 7.18 K/9 rate, and a 3.16 BB/9 rate in six starts and 31 1/3 IP. He will be tested in his next projected start at the Dodgers. While it is a tough matchup, Fried's recent success may convince fantasy managers to roll with him.

    Apr 30 · Source via Atlanta Braves Max Fried
  • Austin Riley Records Two Hits, Including Game-Winner

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley showed signs of life at the plate on Sunday against the visiting Cleveland Guardians with a 2-for-4 performance, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th inning. Riley also walked and struck out in the 4-3 win. Even with the two-hit performance as the hero on Sunday, Riley has gone 4-for-33 (.121) with no home runs, two RBI and 11 strikeouts in his last nine games to drop his season line to .234/.311/.383. The 27-year-old former first-rounder in 2015 has not gone deep for the Braves in 18 games. On the bright side, Riley continues to hit the ball well, he just hasn't had much to show for it. Fantasy managers should continue to stick with him, and hopefully his two-hit performance on Sunday will get him going.

    Apr 29 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Jarred Kelenic Sitting Against Lefty

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Jarred Kelenic is out of the starting lineup on Friday with the team facing a left-handed pitcher. Veteran Adam Duvall will instead get the start in left field and will bat ninth against the visiting Cleveland Guardians and left-hander Logan Allen. Kelenic is hitting a strong .314 (16-for-51), although he has yet to clear the fences and has driven in only three runs in his first year in Atlanta. He's also only had one plate appearance against a southpaw this year, so fantasy managers should continue to expect him to sit regularly when Atlanta opposes a lefty. Duvall is a career .233 hitters against lefties in 921 plate appearances with 47 homers and 132 RBI. He has two home runs on the season but is a low-upside DFS play in the nine-hole against a pitcher he's never faced in his career.

    Apr 26 · Source via Atlanta Braves Jarred Kelenic
  • Owen Murphy Tosses Seven Inning Gem In Thursday's Victory

    Atlanta Braves starting pitching prospect Owen Murphy threw seven shutout innings with only ten strikeouts en route to his third victory of the season. Murphy brought a no-hitter into the seventh inning but surrendered a lead-off triple to second baseman Loidel Chapelli. The 20-year-old is now riding a stellar 1.13 ERA and 0.63 WHIP in 24 innings at High-A. This season has been a major turnaround for Murphy, as he posted a 4.76 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 17 innings at High-A last year. The number five ranked prospect in the Atlanta system, according to MLB Pipeline, is not projected to reach the major leagues until 2026 but should continue to raise his dynasty stock as he moves through the minor leagues.

    Apr 26 · Source via Prospects Atlanta Braves Owen Murphy
  • Braves Outright David Fletcher

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    6:09pm: Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (on X) that Fletcher's deal contains an advance consent form that allows Atlanta to send him to the minors. Even though he has surpassed the five-year service threshold, he would forfeit what remains of his salary if he elects free agency. He'll therefore report to Gwinnett and...

    Apr 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves David Fletcher
  • Reynaldo Lopez With Another Quality Start On Wednesday

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Marlins but pitched another great game, throwing seven strong innings while allowing just one run on three hits (one home run) and a 2:6 BB:K. That makes four straight quality starts to begin the season and the 30-year-old has stepped up big at a time when the Braves needed it after Spencer Strider was lost for the year and Max Fried got off to a rough start. The 30-year-old hasn't been a regular starter since 2019 when he made 33 starts for the Chicago White Sox, but he looks the part so far in 2024 with a 0.72 ERA (2.71 FIP), 0.88 WHIP, and a 17.4% K-BB% in 25 IP. His next start lines up Tuesday in Seattle, the team that currently has the highest amount of strikeouts per game this season.

    Apr 25 · Source via Atlanta Braves Reynaldo Lopez
  • Ozzie Albies Runs The Bases Wednesday

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    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) ran the bases as part of his workout on Wednesday. He appears to still be moving around well and is eligible to come off the 10-day injured list on Friday. Albies is recovering from a fractured right big toe that he suffered on April 16 and continues to make good progress. There's a chance the 27-year-old is activated when eligible on Friday to rejoin the lineup for the start of a series against the Cleveland Guardians without going on a minor-league rehab assignment. Albies has already been fielding ground balls and swinging a bat. Luis Guillorme and David Fletcher have been splitting time at the keystone for the Braves with Albies out. Fantasy managers will want to get Albies back into their starting lineups right away if he returns this weekend, as he was hitting .317 (20-for-63) with two homers, 14 RBI and two steals before his injury.

    Apr 24 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Sean Murphy Hasn't Resumed Swinging

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    The Atlanta Braves are increasing the activity of catcher Sean Murphy (oblique). Murphy has caught a bullpen session in each of the past two days, but he's still not swinging a bat yet and may be at least a week away from being cleared to do so. Working his way back from tightness in his left oblique, Murphy is probably not going to be available to the Braves or fantasy managers before the end of April based on the current progress in his recovery. The 29-year-old All-Star backstop will need a rehab assignment before he's reinstated to Atlanta's major-league roster as well, but an early-May return is still in the cards. Former All-Star Travis d'Arnaud is surging after a slow start to the 2024 regular season, going 8-for-13 with five home runs and 11 RBI over his past five games, and he should be rostered in two-catcher leagues while he's hot.

    Apr 24 · Source via Atlanta Braves Sean Murphy
  • Max Fried Tosses Complete-Game Shutout Tuesday

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried looked like his old self in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Marlins. Fried made the most of a favorable matchup, pitching a complete-game shutout with three hits, no walks, and six strikeouts on just 92 pitches. It was a great outing for the 30-year-old, who has struggled out of the gate this season. He is now 2-0 with a 4.97 ERA in his first five starts. He will look to build on his success in his next projected start, which will be at a middling Mariners lineup.

    Apr 24 · Source via Atlanta Braves Max Fried
  • Bryce Elder Holds Miami Scoreless In First Start Monday

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bryce Elder came out strong in Monday's 3-0 win against the Miami Marlins. Elder struck out four and allowed eight hits while allowing no runs in 6 innings pitched in his first start of the season. The 24-year-old started three games in the minors this season and recorded a 3.31 ERA while allowing 14 hits (one homer), six runs, five walks and 18 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings pitched. He makes for a solid streaming option and a great roster spot if he can solidify his position in the starting rotation for Atlanta.

    Apr 23 · Source via Atlanta Braves Bryce Elder
  • Raisel Iglesias Locks Down Seventh Save Monday

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias converted his seventh save of the season in Monday's 3-0 win over the Marlins. Iglesias came in to pitch the top of the ninth inning up by three and delivered a 1-2-3 outing with a strikeout. The 34-year-old veteran has converted all of his save opportunities with a 2.16 ERA, a 6.48 K/9 rate, and a 1.08 BB/9 rate. The strikeouts have been down, but Iglesias should continue to be a higher-end fantasy option serving as the closer on one of baseball's best teams.

    Apr 23 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Travis d'Arnaud Homers Again In Monday Win

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud continued his power surge in Monday's 3-0 win over the Marlins. d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a single, a two-run home run, and a strikeout. The 35-year-old veteran has hit five HR in his last four games, bringing his season numbers to a .273/.344/.636 slash line with 14 RBI in 61 plate appearances. d'Arnaud should be a viable fantasy option in at least two-catcher leagues as long as he continues to hit while Sean Murphy (oblique) is on the injured list with an oblique injury.

    Apr 23 · Source via Atlanta Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • Ozzie Albies Starts Hitting, Could Return Friday

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    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) started hitting on Monday and could still return from the injured list on Friday when he's eligible to come off the 10-day injured list. Albies has progress quickly from his fractured big toe, which has to music to his fantasy managers' ears. The 27-year-old shouldn't be available on the waiver wire in any fantasy leagues despite his injury, which came when he was hit by a pitch last week. With Albies out, Luis Guillorme and David Fletcher have both seen playing time at the keystone in Atlanta. The switch-hitting Albies had gone 20-for-63 (.317) with two home runs, 14 RBI and two stolen bases at the time of his injury, so hopefully he can pick up where he left off when he's back. Albies is a must-start on the daily when he's in Atlanta's lineup.

    Apr 22 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Matt Olson Strikes Out Four Times On Sunday

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    Atlanta Braves first basemen Matt Olson went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Sunday against the Texas Rangers. Olson's strikeout issues continue to stack up as he struck out six times in three games over the weekend, finishing 0-for-12 with one run, one RBI, and two walks. The struggles have followed him all season long as he is hitting .231 (18-for-92) with seven doubles, one triple, three homers, 12 runs, 13 RBI, 12 walks, and 26 strikeouts over 20 games. Despite striking out four times on Sunday, Olson remains a must-start in all league formats.

    Apr 22 · Source via Atlanta Braves Matt Olson
  • Austin Riley Tallies RBI Single In Sunday Night Baseball Loss

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts in the team's 6-4 loss against the Texas Rangers on Sunday night. Riley was off to a poor at the plate on Sunday before bringing in Ronald Acuna Jr. on an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. The third baseman is now slashing .259/.323/.447 with two home runs, 13 RBI, and six doubles atop the Braves' lineup through 20 games to start the season. He has also totaled at least one hit in 12 of the last 14 games. The 27-year-old will continue to be a must-start player in fantasy.

    Apr 22 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Darius Vines Optioned On Sunday

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    The Atlanta Braves optioned right-hander Darius Vines to Triple-A Gwinnett after Sunday's loss to the Texas Rangers. In a corresponding move, the Braves called up right-hander Bryce Elder, who will start the series opener versus the Miami Marlins on Monday. Vines took the loss against Texas on Sunday, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out just two in five innings of work. The 25-year-old got off to a good start on Sunday before falling apart. Vines gave up one earned run with three walks and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings for a no-decision against the Astros in his first start of the year on April 15. He'll go back to the minors for now, but we could definitely see Vines back in the majors making a spot start for the Braves at some point this year.

    Apr 22 · Source via Atlanta Braves Darius Vines
  • Bryce Elder Set For Season Debut On Monday

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bryce Elder will start Monday's game against the Miami Marlins. Elder is coming up to give the rest of the Braves rotation some rest, but if he pitches well he could stick around as the fifth starter. The 24-year-old had a good season in 2023, going 12-4 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 174 IP. He has also looked good in his three minor league starts this season, pitching to a 3.31 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 16 IP. Elder's solid numbers make him a good streaming option on Monday, and if he were to stay in the majors he could stick around on fantasy teams in need of pitching help.

    Apr 22 · Source via Atlanta Braves Bryce Elder
  • Ozzie Albies Begins Fielding Drills

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    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) has been cleared to begin doing fielding drills. The switch-hitting infielder continues to make progress in his recovery from a fractured big right toe. The Braves haven't given a timetable for Albies return, so fantasy managers will have to remain patient. However, it sounds like Albies is progressing so hopefully he won't be sidelined for too much longer. In the meantime, David Fletcher and Luis Guillorme figure to continue splitting up the playing time at second base.

    Apr 21 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Sean Murphy Increasing Throwing Intensity

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy (oblique) has slowly been working his way back from an injury he suffered earlier in the month. The good news is that Murphy has recently increased his throwing intensity. That is a step in the right direction for Murphy who is working his way back from a Grade 1 oblique strain. The 29-year-old still hasn't begun swinging a bat yet, which means he probably won't return anytime soon. In the meantime, Travis d'Arnaud should continue being the primary catcher in Atlanta.

    Apr 21 · Source via Atlanta Braves Sean Murphy
  • Travis D'Arnaud Rips Three Home Runs, Collects Six RBI

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud had a career night on Friday in an 8-3 win over the Rangers, going 3-for-4 with three home runs, six RBI, and three runs scored. The first two were solo shots, however, the third was a grand slam that broke a 3-3 tie. The veteran backstop didn't have a home run on the season before Friday's game. He hit a career-high 18 home runs in 2022, but just 11 last season. The Braves are hoping he can continue to produce while primary catcher Sean Murphy is out with an injury and likely not back until sometime May. d'Arnaud now has a .245-3-10-8-0 line on the season and has five doubles in addition to his three home runs, so there is still pop in that 35-year-old bat.

    Apr 20 · Source via Atlanta Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • Strider begins recovery, says Braves can win WS

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    Spencer Strider says he began to feel discomfort in his right elbow in spring training but didn't realize the severity of the injury before finally learning he needed season-ending surgery.

    Apr 20 · ESPN Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider
  • Bone Fragment Caused Spencer Strider's Elbow Surgery

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    Atlanta Braves right-hander Spencer Strider's (elbow) UCL ligament was compromised by the unavoidable development of a bone fragment. But instead of having Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career, Dr. Keith Meister fixed Strider's damaged UCL by inserting an internal brace last week. It could allow the Braves' hurler to pitch again early next season. The 25-year-old was the top-ranked fantasy starter coming into the 2024 season after leading all of baseball with 483 strikeouts from 2022-23. Strider was told he might have been pitching with the fragment in his ligament for at least a couple of years. He initially felt discomfort in his elbow in spring training before things deteriorated quickly early in the regular season. In single-year fantasy leagues, Strider can be dumped since he won't pitch again in 2024.

    Apr 20 · Source via Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider
  • Jarred Kelenic Sitting Against Left-Hander

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Jarred Kelenic is on the bench on Friday with the team facing a left-hander. With Kelenic starting on the bench, Adam Duvall will make the start in left field for Atlanta and hit sixth in the batting order versus Texas Rangers left-hander Andrew Heaney. It's not out of the ordinary for Kelenic to get benched against a left-handed pitcher and he could use the break right now after going 2-for-13 with six strikeouts in his last four games played. The 24-year-old former Seattle Mariner has otherwise enjoyed his time so far in Atlanta, going 14-for-39 (.359) but with no home runs and only three RBI to show for it in his first 14 games. Duvall is hitless in his two career at-bats against Heaney.

    Apr 19 · Source via Atlanta Braves Jarred Kelenic
  • Braves Select Luke Williams

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    The Braves announced that they have selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Luke Williams, with outfielder Forrest Wall optioned in a corresponding move. The club had an open spot on the 40-man roster. Williams, 27, is a versatile player who has bounced around the league in recent years. He was drafted by the Phillies and made...

    Apr 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Luke Williams
  • Chris Sale Aiming For A Rebound Friday

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    Atlanta Braves left-hander Chris Sale will be looking to bounce back from a rough outing when he takes on the visiting Texas Rangers on Friday. The veteran was touched up for five earned runs on six hits, including a homer, while walking three against seven strikeouts across seven innings in a loss to the Marlins his last time out. Despite the tough outing, Sale has been quit good early on in his Braves tenure. While his ERA has risen to 4.58, he also sports a 2.91 xFIP, 3.09 SIERA, and a healthy 21.1% K-BB% through his first three starts with Atlanta. He remains a quality fantasy asset whose injury woes are seemingly behind him.

    Apr 19 · Source via Atlanta Braves Chris Sale
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Finally Homers Wednesday

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. finally got on the board in the home run department during Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Houston Astros, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the fifth inning. Fantasy managers who spent the No. 1 overall pick on the reigning National League MVP this spring will certainly be relieved to hear that following his 16-game homerless drought to begin the 2024 season, as Acuna launched one 422 feet to center field to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. The 26-year-old is still doing just fine from a fantasy perspective, hitting .294 (20-for-68) with a .797 OPS, six RBI, 17 runs scored, and eight stolen bases to go with the aforementioned long ball atop Atlanta's potent lineup. Acuna now gets set for a marquee three-game weekend set at home versus the defending-champion Texas Rangers beginning on Friday. He hit a big fly in each of his three games against Texas in 2023.

    Apr 17 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Darius Vines To Make Another Start Sunday

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    Atlanta Braves right-hander Darius Vines will make another start for the team on Sunday at home against the defending World Series-champion Texas Rangers. Vines earned another start in Atlanta's starting rotation after giving up just one earned run on four hits while walking three and striking out four in his season debut on April 15 against the Houston Astros in 4 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old could stick around even longer with Spencer Strider (elbow) out for the season if he looks good again this weekend. Still, fantasy managers in need of pitching depth or those looking for a streamer on Sunday should be hesitant to go all-in on Vines in the tough matchup. The Braves have plenty of other options for their rotation, so Vines is going to need to continue to impress to stick around.

    Apr 17 · Source via Atlanta Braves Darius Vines
  • Reynaldo Lopez Continues Success

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez continued his hot start to the season with a victory on Tuesday versus the Houston Astros. Lopez tossed six innings and allowed four hits, no runs, one walk and struck out seven. Lopez has been a reclamation project for the Braves after spending the bulk of his career with the Chicago White Sox, who had him pitching out of the bullpen. So far, Lopez has earned an A+ and is 2-0 with a sparkling 0.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in three starts. Lopez should be rostered in all formats, not only due to his success early on, but the bevy of injuries to pitchers in general. Managers should consider that Lopez has not been a full-time starter since 2019 and it will be interesting to see how he handles a full workload as the season continues. The right-hander will look to keep things going versus a weak Miami Marlins offense on Tuesday.

    Apr 17 · Source via Atlanta Braves Reynaldo Lopez
  • Ozzie Albies Won't Need Surgery, Could Be Back In Two Weeks

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    Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said that second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) won't need surgery on his fractured big toe but doesn't have a specific timetable for a return from the injured list. It sounds like there's a chance Albies could be back in two weeks, which means three weeks might be the safer bet, especially this early in the season. It's ultimately good news for the 27-year-old after he was hit by a pitch in Monday's 6-1 win over the Houston Astros. Fantasy baseball managers must be patient with the All-Star second baseman and keep him stashed in an IL spot in all formats. In the meantime, outfielder Michael Harris II will hit near the top of the batting order, boosting his short-term fantasy stock. Luis Guillorme, who is starting at second on Tuesday, and David Fletcher figure to split playing time at the keystone in Atlanta with Albies hurt.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Michael Harris II Moves Up To Two-Hole On Tuesday

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    With second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) going on the injured list on Tuesday, Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II has moved up to second in the batting order against the Houston Astros and right-hander Hunter Brown. Meanwhile, Luis Guillorme will get the start at the keystone and will bat eighth. Guillorme and David Fletcher figure to split playing time at second with Albies out, but Harris could be the biggest fantasy beneficiary in Atlanta if he continues to hit at the top of the lineup while Albies is on the shelf. This is the first time this year the 23-year-old has hit higher than sixth. Harris is off to a fine start in 2024, slashing .290/.333/.468 with two home runs and a stolen base. He has never faced Brown in his career but will become a much more popular DFS lineup piece with Albies out.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Michael Harris
  • Braves Put Ozzie Albies On 10-Day Injured List

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    The Atlanta Braves placed infielder Ozzie Albies (toe) on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday with a right big toe fracture and selected the contract of infielder David Fletcher from the minors in a corresponding move. Albies fractured his toe when he was hit by a pitch in Monday's 6-1 win over the Houston Astros and he's going to be forced to miss at least the next 10 days and probably more with the ailment. The 27-year-old second baseman is a big hit for fantasy managers in all formats, as the three-time All-Star was hitting .317 (20-for-63) with two home runs, 14 RBI and two stolen bases in his first 15 games in a stacked Braves lineup. For as long as he's sidelined, keep him stashed in an IL spot in all fantasy leagues. Fletcher and Luis Guillorme will most likely split the playing time at the keystone in the meantime in Atlanta.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Ozzie Albies Could Sit Out Tuesday With Sore Toe

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    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (toe) had an extremely sore toe after being hit by a pitch in the second inning in Monday's game against the Houston Astros, and the Braves will wait and see how he feels on Tuesday morning before determining if he'll play. Albies played the rest of Monday's game but was limping afterward and had his foot checked out. The 27-year-old appears to be day-to-day for now, so fantasy managers will want to check back closer to game time on Tuesday to see if Albies is in the starting lineup. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI, walk and two strikeouts in Monday's 6-1 win over Houston and is hitting a strong .317 (20-for-63) with two home runs, 14 RBI and two stolen bases in his first 70 plate appearances of 2024.

    Apr 16 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Sean Murphy Playing Catch

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy (oblique) has started to play catch and complete some conditioning drills. While he still may be at least a week away from being cleared to begin swinging a bat, it's a good sign that Murphy is progressing in his recovery from a Grade 1 left oblique strain that he suffered in March 29's game against the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies. Fantasy managers should not expect the 29-year-old All-Star backstop to be available to the Braves until late April at the earliest, though. Veteran Travis d'Arnaud is filling in as Atlanta's primary catcher in the meantime, but he's slashing only .222/.263/.333 with four doubles, four RBI, and four runs scored in 36 at-bats to begin the season and isn't doing enough right now to warrant rostership outside of deep two-catcher fantasy leagues.

    Apr 15 · Source via Atlanta Braves Travis d'Arnaud Sean Murphy
  • Travis d'Arnaud Gets Breather Sunday

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    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud is not in the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins. It is just a regular rest day for the veteran backstop as he started the past two games behind the plate. Chadwick Tromp will take over catching duties on Sunday and bat ninth. Tromp is slashing .200/.182/.300 with no home runs to start the season and is not a recommended fantasy play for any format.

    Apr 14 · Source via Atlanta Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • Spencer Strider Undergoes Season-Ending Internal Brace Surgery

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    Spencer Strider's season is over, as the Braves announced that the right-hander underwent an internal brace surgery on Friday.  It was revealed last week that Strider has suffered some UCL damage, and while a brace surgery is somewhat less serious than the worst-case scenario of another Tommy John surgery, the 25-year-old ace will still miss...

    Apr 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider
  • Yuli Gurriel Signs With The Atlanta Braves

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    Veteran first baseman Yuli Gurriel has signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves. Approaching his 40th birthday in June, Gurriel hit .245 with only four home runs in 329 plate appearances in 2023 for the Miami Marlins. It is a low-risk signing for the Braves, who feature slugger Matt Olson at 1B and Marcell Ozuna at DH. Gurriel has played some second and third base in his career, but Atlanta already has Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley at those spots. Gurriel figures to be a bench bat depth option for the Braves if he can get his bat back on track in Triple-A Gwinnett County. This signing will have little to no impact on fantasy baseball rosters.

    Apr 13 · Source via Atlanta Braves Yuli Gurriel
  • Spencer Strider Undergoes Surgery, Out For The Season

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    Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider (elbow) underwent surgery to repair the UCL in his right elbow on Friday and will miss the rest of the season. He is expected to be sidelined for up to 12 to 14 months after undergoing internal brace surgery on his pitching elbow. The 25-year-old will be sidelined for 2024 and is expected to miss the early part of 2025. Strider finishes the 2024 season with a 7.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts over nine innings. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues can safely cut Strider while he remains a must-stash in dynasty and keeper leagues. The Braves called up Darius Vines from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday to take Strider's place in the rotation. Vines owned a 3.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and an 11:3 K: BB across 12 innings for Triple-A Gwinett. The 25-year-old is a speculative add in deep leagues for fantasy managers searching for pitcher help.

    Apr 13 · Source via Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider
  • Darius Vines Recalled On Friday

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Darius Vines has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. The organization is still searching for a viable option for the fifth spot in the rotation after the loss of Spencer Strider (elbow) who was placed on the injured list. Vines is expected to help fill out the rotation, so the rest of the starters can stay on schedule. In a corresponding move, right-hander Allan Winans has been optioned to Triple-A. Fantasy managers can go ahead and avoid Vines until further notice.

    Apr 12 · Source via Atlanta Braves Darius Vines
  • Bryce Elder, Dylan Dodd Could Join Braves Rotation

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    With right-hander Spencer Strider (elbow) out, next up from Triple-A Gwinnett for spot-start duty could be Atlanta Braves right-hander Bryce Elder, who was an All-Star in 2023 before fading in the second half in his first full season in the big leagues. Another option is left-hander Dylan Dodd, who started in the Braves' rotation last year before struggling and being sent to Gwinnett. Elder has a 2.61 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and a .211 opponents' average in his first two starts at Triple-A with 11 strikeouts, three walks and a homer allowed in 10 1/3 innings. Dodd had a 1.54 ER with 12 K's in 11 2/3 innings before he was hit hard on Thursday at Gwinnett. Darius Vines is another option. Huascar Ynoa and top prospect AJ Smith-Shawver have struggled in their first couple of Triple-A outings this year.

    Apr 12 · Source via Atlanta Braves Dylan Dodd Bryce Elder
  • Mets-Braves Postponed On Wednesday

    The contest between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves on Wednesday has been postponed in Atlanta due to a forecast of inclement weather. The game will be made up on Sept. 26 at 7:20 pm ET, and Thursday's originally scheduled 12:20 pm ET game will be played as planned. It means that Wednesday's scheduled starters -- left-hander Jose Quintana for the Mets and right-hander Allan Winans for the Braves -- will presumably be pushed back to Thursday's contest. Fantasy baseball managers will obviously want to remove any of the players from these two teams that may have been in their lineups for Wednesday's slate of action.

    Apr 10 · Source via New York Mets Atlanta Braves
  • Jarred Kelenic Hits The Bench Wednesday

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Jarred Kelenic will start Wednesday's game against southpaw Jose Quintana and the visiting New York Mets on the bench. The move to the bench against a left-hander comes as no surprise as the Braves added the righty-swinging Adam Duvall just before Opening Day to platoon with Kelenic in left field after he was originally scheduled to handle primary left-field duties with the Braves this season. Acquired in a trade with the Mariners this winter, the 24-year-old is off to a hot start, hitting .462 (9-for-26) but he is also without a home run or a stolen base and has struck out in 31% of his plate appearance, a trend that's continued from last season. Additionally, he sports a massive .706 BABIP that will crater sharply moving forward.

    Apr 10 · Source via Atlanta Braves Jarred Kelenic
  • Allan Winans Getting The Start Wednesday

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    Atlanta Braves right-hander Allan Winans will toe the rubber on Wednesday when the club takes on the visiting New York Mets. The 28-year-old was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday when the club placed ace Spencer Strider on the 15-day injured list with right elbow soreness. Wednesday marks Winans' 2024 big-league debut after he made one Triple-A start, allowing two earned runs on a pair of solo homers across 5 2/3 innings on April 2. Winans made six starts for the Braves in the 2023 season and posted a 5.29 ERA across 32 1/3 innings of work. However, his 4.09 FIP, 3.88 SIERA, and a strong 18.4% K-BB% in that time suggest he was much better than his surface ERA may indicate.

    Apr 10 · Source via Atlanta Braves Allan Winans
  • Raisel Iglesias Picks Up Save In Shaky Outing

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    Atlanta Braves closer Raisel Iglesias picked up his second save of the season versus the New York Mets on Tuesday. The veteran entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead, but barely survived to earn the save by allowing two runs on three hits with one strikeout. The good news is that it was the first runs he has allowed in four appearances this season and managers should be able to breathe a sigh of relief for the veteran. Iglesias is now 34 years of age, but remains a good closer on a great team. Iglesias will have shaky outings, but unless its consistent, he should remain the Braves closer. If he were to continue to struggle, Joe Jimenez and A.J. Minter would likely be the next men up.

    Apr 10 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Raisel Iglesias
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Swipes Three Bags Tuesday

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. put his wheels on display in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Mets. Acuna Jr. went 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk, and three stolen bases. The reigning National League Most Valuable Player hasn't been as impactful as fantasy managers were hoping for early on, slashing .256/.383/.308 with no home runs, 12 runs scored, four RBI, and four stolen bases in 47 plate appearances. However, the season is very early and it is encouraging to see him staying aggressive on the base paths.

    Apr 10 · Source via Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Braves Waiting To Make Announcement On Spencer Strider

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    Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said that right-hander Spencer Strider (elbow) visited with Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas on Monday, but the team isn't going to reveal what was said before this weekend. The skipper said yesterday's visit didn't erase the possibility of Tommy John surgery, and the Braves might be waiting for the surgery to be completed before providing an update on Snitker. The 25-year-old ace was put on the 15-day injured list on Sunday with a UCL sprain in his right elbow, and the expectation is that he'll undergo his second Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the 2024 season. Fantasy baseball managers need to brace themselves for the bad news this weekend. Because of the lengthy rehab associated with TJ surgery, Strider is unlikely to be ready for the start of next year, either.

    Apr 9 · Source via Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider
  • Pierce Johnson Fills In Nicely On Sunday

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    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Pierce Johnson notched his first save of the season on Sunday in a 5-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Johnson threw a scoreless ninth, allowing just a hit. Usual closer Raisel Iglesias wasn't available in this one after pitching the previous two days, so Johnson was used to fill in. The 32-year-old appears to be second in line for save chances in Atlanta and should get his fair share of holds as well, making him a good player to have in saves-plus-holds leagues.

    Apr 8 · Source via Closers Atlanta Braves Pierce Johnson
  • Austin Riley Hits Two-Run Shot On Sunday To Complete Series Sweep

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    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley launched his second home run of the season to power the Braves to a series sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Riley was held without a hit until the eighth inning when he launched a two-run shot to center field off Miguel Castro to score Ozzie Albies. The 27-year-old came into Sunday's game with a strong .258/.303/.452 stat line. Riley should continue to hit cleanup, as he has done all season for one of the best lineups in baseball, making him an elite option in both season-long and DFS formats. Riley and Braves will host their division rival, the New York Mets, for a four-game set beginning on Monday, with Julio Teheran scheduled to start for the opposition in the series opener.

    Apr 7 · Source via Atlanta Braves Austin Riley
  • Braves Place Spencer Strider On 15-Day Injured List

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    The Atlanta Braves officially placed right-hander Spencer Strider (elbow) on the 15-day injured list with a right-elbow UCL sprain on Sunday and recalled right-hander Allan Winans from the minors in a corresponding move. Strider complained of some pain in his right elbow after his last start and underwent an MRI exam on Saturday that showed damage in his UCL. It's terrible news for one of the best pitchers in baseball, and the 25-year-old is potentially looking at needing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Fantasy managers need to hold onto the ace for now, but another TJ surgery would wipe out the rest of his 2024 campaign and cause him to miss the start of the 2025 campaign as well. Even if Strider can avoid surgery, he's probably going to be out for months.

    Apr 7 · Source via Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider
  • Braves ace RHP Strider has UCL damage in elbow

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    Spencer Strider, the Braves' ace and the major league leader in wins and strikeouts last season, has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the team said on Saturday.

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  • Spencer Strider MRI Revealed UCL Damage

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Spencer Strider reported discomfort in his throwing elbow following his start on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Strider underwent an MRI earlier today, and it revealed UCL damage in his right elbow. This is a crushing blow as Strider was often the first starting pitcher taken in fantasy drafts and a favorite to win the NL Cy Young. While Strider will visit Dr. Keith Meister at a later date, it is not promising to know that there is damage in his throwing elbow. Strider may join the list of fellow starting pitchers who are slated to miss the entire 2024 season in Eury Perez and Shane Bieber. Expect the Braves to call up Bryce Elder, Dylan Dodd, or AJ Smith-Shawver from Triple-A to fill his spot in the meantime.

    Apr 6 · Source via Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider
  • Matt Olson Goes Deep In Comeback Win

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    Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson cranked a solo home run during the third inning of Friday's 6-5 walk-off win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, walloping his second homer of the young season. Olson crushed one to deep right center early in Friday's eventual comeback win during Atlanta's home opener. After a miserable 7-for-44 dry spell amid spring training, the 30-year-old reigning home run king is going about his business in the early goings of the regular season while hitting .269 (7-for-26) with a .975 OPS, two round-trippers, and six RBI through six outings. In 13 career games against Arizona as a member of the Braves, the lefty-hitting Olson is now batting .298 with five goners, 12 RBI, and eight runs scored and is a matchup-proof fantasy play on a daily basis in a potent Braves lineup.

    Apr 6 · Source via Atlanta Braves Matt Olson
  • Spencer Strider Getting MRI Due To Elbow Discomfort

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    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Spencer Strider (elbow) complained about elbow discomfort following Friday's start against the Arizona Diamondbacks and will get an MRI on Saturday. After Strider labored through four innings and gave up five runs on Friday against the D-backs, it's the last thing the Braves and fantasy managers want to hear. The 25-year-old strikeout machine led MLB with 20 wins and 281 punchouts in 32 starts a year ago, and all we can do is hold our collective breath that Atlanta's ace isn't dealing with any kind of significant injury. His next start is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday against the New York Mets, but that looks to be very much in doubt at this point. Strider has a 7.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with 12 K's through nine innings this year.

    Apr 5 · Source via Atlanta Braves Spencer Strider
  • Sean Murphy Hasn't Resumed Swinging

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    Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker said that catcher Sean Murphy (oblique) hasn't resumed swinging yet after being placed on the injured list with a Grade 1 left-oblique strain. Murphy can't ramp up baseball activities until he feels better and is pain-free. "It's a tough injury," Snitker said. "Even as slight as that one was, it's still a big injury." This news tells fantasy managers not to expect the 29-year-old backstop to return from the IL when he's eligible to return on April 9. Until Murphy returns, Travis d'Arnaud will continue to operate as the team's primary catcher, with Chadwick Tromp backing him up. Murphy was a first-time All-Star in 2023 in his first year in Atlanta but injured his oblique in the first game of the year in 2024. He deserves to be stashed in all fantasy formats.

    Apr 5 · Source via Atlanta Braves Sean Murphy
  • Jarred Kelenic Sitting Against Lefty

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    Atlanta Braves outfielder Jarred Kelenic will head to the bench on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with the team facing a left-handed pitcher. With Kelenic starting on the pine, Adam Duvall will make the start in left field for the Braves and will hit sixth against Diamondbacks left-hander Tommy Henry. It's not going to be uncommon for Kelenic to sit against left-handed hurlers, at least early on in 2024. The 35-year-old Duvall has three hits and three RBI in his first 10 at-bats of the 2024 season in three games and will be a sneaky DFS play against a soft-tossing left-hander on Friday. Duvall is a career .233 hitter with 45 home runs and 127 RBI in 897 plate appearances against southpaw. He's never faced Henry in his career.

    Apr 5 · Source via Atlanta Braves Jarred Kelenic
  • Braves-White Sox Postponed Wednesday

    The scheduled game on Wednesday between the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox in Chicago was postponed due to rain, snow and a forecast of inclement weather. The contest will be made up on Thursday, June 27, at 3:10 pm. Fantasy managers hopefully were already able to remove all the players from these two teams that may have been in their starting lineups for Wednesday's slate of games. Right-hander Spencer Strider was set to take the ball on the mound for the Braves, while the White Sox were opening with reliever Dominic Leone in what was slated to be a bullpen day. The Braves have an off day on Thursday before returning home on Friday to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, while the White Sox head to Kansas City on Thursday to face the Royals in the series opener.

    Apr 3 · Source via Atlanta Braves Chicago White Sox
  • Orlando Arcia Getting A Breather In Series Finale

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    Atlanta Braves shortstop Orlando Arcia is getting a day off on Wednesday in the series finale against the Chicago White Sox. Luis Guillorme will handle shortstop duties in his absence and will hit ninth against White Sox opener Dominic Leone. Guillorme has never faced Leone in his career and should be avoided in DFS at the bottom of Atlanta's batting order. The 29-year-old Arcia was a first-time All-Start with the Braves last year and is off to another strong start in 2024 by going 9-for-20 (.450) with a league-high four doubles, two RBI, two runs scored and five strikeouts in 21 plate appearances over the first five games of the season. Expect Arcia to be back at the 6 on Friday for the start of a series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Apr 3 · Source via Atlanta Braves Orlando Arcia
  • Braves Sign Jackson Stephens, Sandy Leon To Minors Deals

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    The Atlanta Braves signed relief pitcher Jackson Stephens and catcher Sandy Leon to minor-league deals Tuesday, per The Athletic's David O'Brien. Stephens elected free agency in March after being outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett by the Braves and served as a decent reliever for the Braves from 2022 through 2023. Leon should serve as catcher depth for the organization with Sean Murphy (oblique) on the injured list with an oblique injury but will not contribute much offensively. Neither of these players should factor into the fantasy landscape at this time.

    Apr 3 · Source via Atlanta Braves Sandy Leon Jackson Stephens
  • Marcell Ozuna Homers Twice Tuesday

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    Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna had a nice game at the plate in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox. The 33-year-old went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs and a strikeout. The power hitter has only managed a .227 batting average in his first 22 plate appearances but he also has three HR. It is still early and Ozuna has plenty of time to bring his average up, but it is encouraging to see him hitting for power out of the gate.

    Apr 3 · Source via Atlanta Braves Marcell Ozuna
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