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Braves' Vaughn Grissom: Mixed bag in Gwinnett's opener
Grissom went 1-for-3 with two walks, a triple, three runs scored and a stolen base in Gwinnett's Opening Day win over Jacksonville on Friday.
Getting the start at shortstop and hitting second, Grissom flashed the offensive talent that allowed him to make an impact as a rookie last year for Atlanta. However, he also committed a fielding error, and his defense is what kept him from winning the starting shortstop job in the majors to begin 2023. Braden Shewmake, who was also in the thick of the spring battle for that job, went 1-for-5 with four strikeouts and a walkoff three-run homer as Gwinnett's second baseman. If Grissom can demonstrate some consistency with his glove at Triple-A, he's still likely Atlanta's first choice for promotion should a spot open up on the big-league infield.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Braden Shewmake: Walks it off in Gwinnett's opener
Shewmake went 1-for-4 with a three-run, walkoff home run in Gwinnett's Opening Day win over Jacksonville on Friday.
Getting the start at second base and hitting third for the Stripers, Shewmake took Robert Garcia deep in the bottom of the ninth inning to break open a 5-5 tie. The heroics salvaged what started out as a rough night at the plate for Shewmake, as he struck out in his other four at-bats. After nearly winning the starting shortstop job for Atlanta in spring training, the 25-year-old is a phone call away if a vacancy opens up on the big-league infield, but he'll need to prove at Triple-A he's a better option than Vaughn Grissom, who reached base three times Friday, scored three runs and stole a base but also committed an error at shortstop.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Michael Soroka: To start at Triple-A on Tuesday
Soroka (hamstring) is lined up to start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Soroka is also expected to get some relief work at the Triple-A level as Atlanta maps out a plan to get and keep the 25-year-old righty healthy and effective here in 2023. He was bothered this spring by a right hamstring strain, the latest in a string of injuries that have kept him from appearing in a major-league game since August 2020.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Charlie Culberson: Returns to Atlanta
Culberson signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Friday.
Culberson opted out of his minor-league deal with the Rays last week and is now headed back to Atlanta, where he played from 2018-20. The 33-year-old is a favorite of manager Brian Snitker, but if he winds up playing much it's probably not a great sign for Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
Braves' A.J. Minter: Works ninth in non-save situation
Minter walked one and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday's during a 7-2 win over the Nationals.
Atlanta was only up 4-2 heading into the top of the ninth but tacked on three more runs in its half of the frame, erasing the save situation for Minter. It's still reassuring that he was the clear choice to close out of the game for manager Brian Snitker, but with Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) hoping to return in mid-April, there may be only a handful of save opportunities for Minter before he gets bumped back to a setup role.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Lucas Luetge: Snags win in opener
Luetge (1-0) picked up the win Opening Day against the Nationals, allowing one run on two hits over one inning of relief.
The southpaw replaced Max Fried (hamstring) in the fourth inning with Atlanta ahead 4-1, and the Nats never came close to tying the score. Luetge is expected to begin the season in middle relief -- even with Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) on the shelf, A.J. Minter and potentially Dylan Lee are still ahead of Luetge on the depth chart from the left side -- but Atlanta's offense is potent enough that he could vulture some wins, something the 36-year-old did eight times over the last two seasons with the Yankees.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Max Fried: Missing at least one start
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said Thursday that Fried (hamstring) will "definitely" miss his next scheduled start, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
It's not official yet, but Fried is almost certainly headed for a stint on the 15-day injured list after suffering a left hamstring strain in Thursday's season opener against the Nationals. The left-hander is without a clear timeline for his return but shouldn't be expected back until at least mid-April. Ian Anderson and Bryce Elder are the primary options to take the ball in his place next Wednesday at St. Louis.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Ronald Acuna: Steals base to kick off season
Acuna went 2-for-6 and recorded a stolen base in Atlanta's defeat of the Nationals on Thursday.
Acuna went as the No. 1 overall pick in some fantasy drafts this spring and he started his 2023 campaign on a high note Thursday afternoon in Washington. The dynamic 25-year-old outfielder is looking more and more spry the further away he gets from that devastating knee injury in the summer of 2021. He seems poised for a monstrous season of category-covering production.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Max Fried: Likely headed for IL
Fried strained his hamstring during Thursday's game against Washington and will likely spend time on the injured list, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
No official decision has been made yet regarding whether or not Fried will head to the IL after suffering the injury during Thursday's Opening Day start. If he does, it would be a big blow to Atlanta's rotation early in the season after the 29-year-old lefty finished 2022 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Travis d'Arnaud: Delivers four hits in opener
D'Arnaud went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Atlanta's season-opening victory Thursday against the Nationals.
Serving as the DH and batting eighth, d'Arnaud rattled off three singles and a double to help Atlanta turn the lineup over versus Patrick Corbin and the Nats' bullpen. The 34-year-old won't be called on to catch as much in 2023 behind newcomer Sean Murphy, but he should get regular looks out of the designated hitter role -- especially versus lefties.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Max Fried: Exits with leg injury
Fried left Thursday's game against the Nationals in the fourth inning due to a left leg injury, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.
Fried grabbed his left leg while running to cover first base and appeared to tweak his hamstring. He was able to walk off on his own power, so it may not be too serious. The left-hander surrendered one run on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks over 3.1 innings prior to exiting with the injury. Lucas Luetge has taken over in relief for Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Jesse Chavez: Secures roster spot
Chavez had his contract selected by Atlanta on Thursday.
Chavez re-signed with Atlanta on a minor-league deal in November, and he grabbed a spot on the Opening Day roster after giving up four earned runs with a 10:2 K:BB across 8.1 innings during spring training. The veteran right-hander had a 3.76 ERA in 69.1 frames last year and should fill a middle-relief role out of the bullpen in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Marcell Ozuna: Getting start in left field
Ozuna is batting sixth and getting the start in left field Opening Day against the Nationals.
With southpaw Patrick Corbin on the bump for the Nats, Ozuna will move out of the designated hitter role and into the field. The 32-year-old worked on his shoulder strength in the offseason to try and avoid being a defensive liability again, but if he can't hold up with the glove, Kevin Pillar could become the preferred platoon partner in left for Eddie Rosario. Ozuna has has some things to prove at the plate after stumbling to a .222/.278/.397 slash line over the last two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Kevin Pillar: Contract selected
Pillar had his contract selected by Atlanta on Thursday.
The 34-year-old signed as a non-roster invitee in January but was able to earn a spot on Atlanta's Opening Day roster. Pillar is unlikely to see regular playing time with Eddie Rosario, Michael Harris and Ronald Acuna entrenched as the starting outfielders, but his strong defense makes him a quality option for a fourth outfielder.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Sam Hilliard: Cracks Opening Day roster
Hilliard has won a bench role on Atlanta's 26-man roster to begin the season.
The former Rockie has some competition this spring for the role, but hitting .417 (20-for-48) in Grapefruit League play and being out of minor-league options put him over the top. Hilliard should get only occasional starts in the outfield while Atlanta's starters are healthy, but he could be used as a frequent late-game defensive replacement.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Jared Shuster: Added to big-league roster
Shuster had his contract selected by Atlanta on Thursday.
The 24-year-old lefty earned a spot in Atlanta's season-opening rotation and is penciled in to start Sunday in Washington, and he's now officially been added to the MLB roster. Shuster had a 3.29 ERA and 145:38 K:BB across 139.1 innings between the Double-A and Triple-A levels last season, but he earned the rotation spot largely on a dominant spring training during which held opponents to a .115 average with a 1.45 ERA in 18.2 frames.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Ehire Adrianza: Officially joins big-league roster
Adrianza had his contract selected by Atlanta on Thursday.
The 33-year-old earned a spot on Atlanta's Opening Day roster and has now officially been added to the 26-man and 40-man rosters. Adrianza will fill a utility role and begins the season as the primary backup option at second base, shortstop and third base.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Tyler Matzek: Shifts to 60-day IL
Matzek (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Thursday, retroactive to March 27.
Matzek's move to the 60-day IL was only a matter of time after he underwent Tommy John surgery in October. He was also dealing with a bulging disc in his back during spring training. The veteran left-hander will miss the entire 2023 campaign while recovering and rehabbing from the elbow procedure.... See More ... See Less
Team Statistical Rankings
|M. Fried SP Max Fried SP||Hamstring|
|K. Wright SP Kyle Wright SP||Shoulder|
|R. Iglesias RP Raisel Iglesias RP||Shoulder|
|T. Matzek RP Tyler Matzek RP||Elbow|
|K. Allard RP Kolby Allard RP||Oblique|
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