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Justin Upton, LFCold4/22/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton has gone 6-for-32 with 19 Ks over his last eight games.
Insight: Upton went down on strikes three times in three at-bats Tuesday against the Marlins and has struck out three times in each of his last three games.
Alex Wood, SPHot4/22/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood struck out 11, walked none and gave up one run on four hits over eight innings Tuesday against the Marlins, but Jose Fernandez was a touch better.
Insight: Wood (1.54 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) has lost two straight 1-0 decisions. The 23-year-old left-hander has 35 strikeouts in 35 innings so far.
Mike Minor, SP4/22/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor will make one more start in the minors before joining the big club, according to David O'Brien of AJC.
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) underwent a urinary tract operation in late December and experienced shoulder soreness early in spring training after being unable to throw over the winter.
Jason Heyward, RF4/20/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward had an encouraging afternoon Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward finished 3-for-6 with a double and two singles as the Braves fell 4-3 in extra innings. Prior to Sunday, Heyward had just one hit in his previous 16 at bats. Even after Sunday's three-hit performance, Heyward's average is still only .171.
Mike Minor, SP4/20/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor is expected to rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Reds, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) underwent a urinary tract operation in late December and experienced shoulder soreness early in spring training after being unable to throw for a month. He threw 80 pitches in his final rehab start on Saturday.
Evan Gattis, C4/20/2014 11:43:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will get a routine day off Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Gattis went 0-for-9 the last two games after a 9-for-13, three-homer stretch from April 12-14. He should be back in the lineup Monday.
Ervin Santana, SPHot4/19/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana allowed a run in the first inning Saturday but held the Mets scoreless for the next six innings.
Insight: Santana (2-0, 0.86 ERA, 0.81 WHIP) gave up six hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings. He's enjoyed the NL East so far, but he'll have to pitch against a non-division opponent for the first time this season versus the Reds in his next start.
Craig Kimbrel, RP4/19/2014 3:32:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel is expected to be available for Saturday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Kimbrel has been the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
Aaron Harang, SPHot4/18/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Aaron Harang tossed seven no-hit innings Friday in a win against the Mets.
Insight: Harang's pitch count got to 121 so Luis Avilan relieved him in the eighth. It's the second time this season Harang (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K's, 6 BB) has taken a no-hitter past the fifth inning. He's off to a tremendous start (3-1, 0.70 ERA) and should probably be owned in most formats.
Jason Heyward, RF4/18/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward has a career .375 batting average with a pair of homers against Jonathan Niese, but is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Heyward isn't ready to take advantage of this matchup. He's hitting just .136 this season and has just two hits in his last 27 at-bats.
Alex Wood, SP4/17/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood (8 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 7 K's, 1 BB) was a tough luck loser Thursday against the Phillies.
Insight: The only run he allowed came on a Ben Revere RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pitching dominated this series as Atlanta and Philadelphia combined for just two runs in the final two games.
Craig Kimbrel, RP4/17/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel threw a short bullpen session on Wednesday and could be back in the bullpen for Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Kimbrel has been the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
Evan Gattis, C4/17/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Evan Gattis will not start on Thursday afternoon against Philadelphia.
Insight: Gattis went 4-for-4 on Thursday night to raise his average to .378, but gets the day off to rest. No injury, just a normal scheduled day off.
Chris Johnson, 3B4/17/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson is 4-for-8 with two doubles and a home run versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: He's off to a slow start with just 14 hits in his first 50 at bats (.281, .708 OPS). He batted .321 last season with an .816 OPS.
Evan Gattis, CHot4/16/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Evan Gattis gave Atlanta all the offense it would need Wednesday in a 1-0 win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Gattis went 4-for-4 on the night but his solo home run in the fourth was what made the difference. He's off to a sizzling start with four blasts and a .378 batting average in ten games.
Julio Teheran, SP4/16/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran triumphed Wednesday in an epic pitching battle with Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Teheran (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 K's, 0 BB) and Lee (9 IP, 11 H, 1 R, 13 K's, 1 BB) both tossed complete games. Teheran's was the first of his career. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his four starts this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/16/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .242 hitter versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee and hasn't provided any power whatsoever against him.
Insight: Freeman has struck out a dozen times against Lee, who will oppose Atlanta on Wednesday.
Jason Heyward, RFCold4/16/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward has struggled against Cliff Lee of the Phillies.
Insight: Heyward is 3-for-22 (.136) against Lee, who will start Wednesday against the Braves. The 24-year-old is batting .160 in the early going, though he does have two homers, four steals and 10 walks.
B.J. Upton, CFCold4/16/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee has struck out Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton 14 times in 36 at-bats.
Insight: Upton hit .184 with a .557 OPS in 391 at-bats last year and he's off to a .180 start with a .526 OPS in 2014. He can be dropped in mixed leagues.
Craig Kimbrel, RP4/15/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel wasn't available on Monday due to a sore shoulder, but hopes to be ready for tuesday, weather permitting.
Insight: Kimbrel pitched Friday and Saturday which might have been the cause of his soreness. He's the best closer in baseball and a fantasy stud. He's earned five saves this season with a 1.59 ERA, 0.706 WHIP and 12 Ks in 5 2/3 IP.
Evan Gattis, C4/15/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis, he of the two-home run night on Monday, is 0-for-6 versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee with four strikeouts.
Insight: Gattis has gone 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits and four RBI over his last two games and is hitting .303 with three round-trippers this season. Amazing what two good games in a row can do for your numbers, but the statistics say it ends on Tuesday.
Andrelton Simmons, SSHot4/14/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons had both a triple and a homer for the second straight game Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: Simmons went 3-for-5 and is hitting .341 with zero Ks in 41 at-bats this season.
Evan Gattis, C4/14/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis clubbed a pair of homers Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: Gattis has gone 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits and four RBI over his last two games and is hitting .303 with three round-trippers this season.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/14/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla hit two homers, including a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth, Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Uggla entered the game with a .195 average, zero homers, one walk and 12 strikeouts in 41 at-bats this season.
Ervin Santana, SPHot4/14/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out 11 batters and allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings at Philadelphia on Monday, but the Braves squandered a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth.
Insight: Santana took a no decision. The right-hander has 17 strikeouts, two walks, a 0.64 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP in his first two NL starts after spending his entire career in the AL.
Chris Johnson, 3B4/14/2014 4:26:00 PM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson will sit out a second consecutive game.
Insight: He's off to a slow start with just 11 hits in his first 45 at bats. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday, Ramiro Pena (.231, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will get the start at third base, according to David O'Brien of AJC.
Jason Heyward, RF4/13/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, one RBI, three runs and a steal Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Heyward is off to a slow start for the second straight year, though he already has three steals in 12 games after swiping just two in 2013. The 24-year-old had 27 homers and 21 steals in 2012.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot4/13/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman drove in four runs Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Freeman has hit .442 with four doubles, four homers, 10 RBI, a 4/6 K/BB and 10 runs this season. He's well on his way to his first 30-homer season and should contend for NL MVP.
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/13/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer and three RBI Sunday against Washington.
Insight: Simmons missed two games this week with a jammed wrist but he appears to be fine. The defensive wizard is off to a.306 start.
Justin Upton, LFHot4/13/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton hit another home run Sunday against the Nationals.
Insight: Upton is absolutely locked in right now. He's gone 11-for-14 (.786) with four home runs, eight RBI and eight runs in his last four games and struck out just twice in his last six.
Evan Gattis, C4/13/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Atlanta will rest catcher Evan Gattis Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Gattis stroked three hits in Saturday's 6-3 win at Turner Field. Gerald Laird (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will be behind the plate for Sunday's series finale.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/13/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game versus the Nationals. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Uggla's low batting average becomes a lot more tolerable when he's producing good power numbers. However, that hasn't been the case this season as he's now homerless in 41 at bats. Tyler Pastornicky will draw the start at second base.
Chris Johnson, 3B4/13/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson will take a seat Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: It's Johnson's first absence of the season. He's off to a slow start with just 11 hits in his first 45 at bats. Ramiro Pena (.222, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will get the start at third base.
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/11/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons (wrist) is not in the lineup Friday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Simmons has hit .321 (9-for-28) and still hasn't struck out this season. He suffered the wrist injury when he landed awkwardly on a tag play at the plate Wednesday night.
Justin Upton, LF4/10/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton came into Thursday's game against the Mets with zero homers this season and left with two.
Insight: Upton went 3-for-4 with the two blasts and three RBI. The 26-year-old was 1-for-15 over his first four games but he has gone 8-for-19 over his last five.
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/10/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons jammed his right wrist Wednesday night and is not in Thursday's lineup against the Mets, the team announced.
Insight: Simmons has hit .321 (9-for-28) and still hasn't struck out this season. He suffered the wrist injury when he landed awkwardly on a tag play at the plate Wednesday night.
Jason Heyward, RF4/9/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Braves RF Jason Heyward picked up three hits, including a homer, Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward had zero hits in his last 20 at-bats prior to Wednesday's game.
Ervin Santana, SP4/9/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Ervin Santana needed just 88 pitches to get through eight shutout innings Wednesday against the Mets in his Braves debut.
Insight: Santana allowed three hits, struck out six and didn't walk anyone. He should find that pitching in the NL East is much easier than the AL, where he's spent his entire career.
Aaron Harang, SPHot4/8/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang struck out nine batters in six innings Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: He allowed just two hits, walked four and gave up one run to take a tough-luck loss. The 35-year-old has given up only four hits and one run in his first 12 2/3 innings this season. He's unlikely to keep it up.
Evan Gattis, C4/8/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (flu-like symptoms) returned to the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Gattis missed the past two games while dealing with a flu bug that is going around Atlanta's locker room. After last season's 21 HR production in just 354 at-bats, a lot is expected of him.
Ervin Santana, SP4/8/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Braves pitcher Ervin Santana will start April 9 against the Mets, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Santana signed late and has been behind everyone else, but is finally ready to go. With Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy out for the year, the Braves need Santana to perform well.
Evan Gattis, C4/7/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (flu-like symptoms) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Gattis has missed the past two games while dealing with a flu bug that is going around Atlanta's locker room. After last season's 21 HR production in just 354 at-bats, a lot is expected on him.
Jason Heyward, RF4/6/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward felt muscle spasms near his neck after fouling off a pitch, but he says he'll play Sunday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Heyward is 0-for-10 over his last three games. We're still waiting for the 24-year-old to realize his potential.
Evan Gattis, C4/5/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (illness) is not in the lineup Saturday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis is dealing with a flu bug that is going around Atlanta's locker room. The backstop has two hits, one homer and six Ks in 12 at-bats this season.
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/5/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons is hitless in nine at-bats versus Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Simmons quietly smashed 17 homers and scored 76 runs last season and is a solid fantasy option ... just not on Saturday.
Jason Heyward, RF4/5/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is a career .450 hitter versus Washington ace Stephen Strasburg (9-for-20).
Insight: We're still patiently waiting for Heyward to turn his potential into production. If he can do it against the likes of Strasburg, why is he a career .259 hitter?
Aaron Harang, SP4/2/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Aaron Harang took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his Braves debut Wednesday at Milwaukee.
Insight: The Braves picked up Harang in late March and had to put him in their rotation due to numerous injuries. He had a 5.40 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 143 1/3 innings last season and isn't worth adding in fantasy.
Evan Gattis, C4/2/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee.
Insight: Gattis is just getting a day of rest after playing the first two games of the season. After a 21 homer rookie season, a lot is expected of Gattis this season.
Alex Wood, RP4/1/2014 11:03:00 PM
Description: Braves 23-year-old left-hander Alex Wood allowed one earned run and struck out five in seven innings Tuesday against the Brewers to pick up his first win of the season.
Insight: Wood gets a lot of ground balls and allowed just three home runs as a rookie last year. He had a 3.54 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and 54 Ks in 56 innings as a starter and finished with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in 77 2/3 innings.
Jason Heyward, RFHot4/1/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Heyward has gone 3-for-8 in the first two games after batting .323 with homer homers this spring. The 24-year-old is looking to get off to a better start in 2014 after hitting .142 with two home runs in 31 games over the first two months last year.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/1/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with two solo home runs Tuesday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Freeman hit a career-high .319 with 109 RBI, 89 runs and an .897 OPS last year and has blasted 21-23 homers in each of the last three seasons. This should be the year he gets up to 30.
Ervin Santana, SP4/1/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Braves pitcher Ervin Santana is tentatively set to start April 9 against the Mets, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Santana signed late and only threw five innings this spring. He'll start Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett. The right-hander has posted an ERA of 3.92 or lower in four of the past six seasons but had one above five in the other two during that span. The NL East is lacking in offense so Santana should be able to have a second straight solid season after posting a career-best 3.24 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with the Royals last year.
Mike Minor, SP4/1/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor will make a minor league rehab start with Double-A Mississippi Thursday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) underwent a urinary tract operation in late December and experienced shoulder soreness after being unable to throw for a month. If he can avoid a setback, he'll be back before April is finished.
Gavin Floyd, SP4/1/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves pitcher Gavin Floyd will make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Insight: Floyd had Tommy John surgery last year and will miss all of April while he works his way back. He went 62-56 with a 4.12 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 754 Ks in 948 1/3 innings with the White Sox from 2008-12.
Justin Upton, LF4/1/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton has not had much success against Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Upton is a career .118 hitter (2-for-17) against Lohse with one RBI. Fantasy owners are hoping for another quick start from Upton. He was the best hitter in baseball last April, pounding out 12 HR and 19 RBI with a 1.136 OPS in 26 games. He was 1-for-3 with a walk in his season opener.
Chris Johnson, 3B3/31/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson faces a tough matchup Monday versus Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: In 11 at bats, Johnson has just two hits against Gallardo. Four of those at bats have resulted in strikeouts. Johnson (.321, 12 HR, 68 RBI) was great last season but we wouldn't recommend starting him on Opening Day.
Ervin Santana, SP3/30/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Braves pitcher Ervin Santana will begin the season with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Insight: Santana signed late and only threw five innings this spring. He'll get stretched out for a mid-April debut. The right-hander has posted an ERA of 3.92 or lower in four of the past six seasons but had one above five in the other two during that span. Last year, he finished 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and 161 Ks in 211 innings with the Kansas City Royals. The NL East is lacking in offense so Santana should be able to have a second straight solid season.
Aaron Harang, SP3/24/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: The Braves have signed right-hander Aaron Harang to a one-year deal. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Harang was released by Cleveland less than 24 hours ago. He's actually pitched pretty well this spring with two wins and a 2.00 ERA in four appearances. The Braves really just need a healthy body now that Kris Medlen (elbow) and Brandon Beachy (elbow) are both out for the season.
Freddy Garcia, SP3/24/2014 2:03:00 PM
Description: Veteran righthander Freddy Garcia has been released by Atlanta.
Insight: If the pitching-thin Braves got rid of him, he must have nothing left. Garcia went 4-7 with a 4.37 ERA in 17 appearances between Atlanta and Baltimore in 2013.
Brandon Beachy, SP3/20/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Brandon Beachy will have Tommy John surgery on Friday. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constituton
Insight: He's out for the rest of the season and probably some of next year as well. Beachy has appeared in only 18 games since the start of 2012.
Mike Minor, SP3/19/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Mike Minor will miss at least the first half of April while he continues to recover from a sore shoulder. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) came into camp behind schedule after undergoing a urinary tract operation in late December. We have Minor at No. 14 in our preseason starting pitcher rankings.
Brandon Beachy, SP3/17/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Brandon Beachy (elbow) will head to Los Angeles for further evaluation, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Beachy began experiencing tightness in his right elbow and biceps earlier this month and visited with Dr. James Andrews Monday. He'll seek another opinion from Dr. Neal Elattrache. The right-hander may have to undergo his second Tommy John surgery since June 2012.
Kris Medlen, SP3/17/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen (right elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Medlen had the surgery back in 2010 and injured his elbow again on March 9. Dr. James Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis on Monday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B3/16/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman exited Sunday's game against the Yankees with a thumb injury. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It's just a bruise. Freeman (.319, 23 HR, 109 RBI) might sit out a few days as a precaution but we'd expect him to be ready in plenty of time for Opening Day. We have him at No. 8 in our latest first baseman rankings.
Brandon Beachy, SP3/14/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Brandon Beachy may need Tommy John surgery, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Beachy had Tommy John back in June 2012 and threw just 30 innings in 2013 due to complications. He began experiencing tightness in his right elbow and biceps last week and will visit Dr. James Andrews Monday.
Evan Gattis, C3/14/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis hadn't caught consecutive games this spring until Thursday because he underwent knee surgery in October, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis revealed Friday that he had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip that had been "floating around" in his right knee since 2006. Gattis will be the Braves everyday catcher this season after producing 21 homers and 65 RBI in 105 games as a backup catcher/part-time outfielder last season.
Jason Heyward, RFHot3/14/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is batting .355 this spring with three homers and a 1.057 OPS.
Insight: It's Heyward's best spring yet. Just remember, however, in 2011 he batted .356 in the spring with a 1.020 OPS and it was the worst regular season of his career (.227, 14 HR, 0.708 OPS in 128 games).
Kris Medlen, SP3/14/2014 2:15:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen (right elbow) will se Dr. James Andrews on Monday. SOURCE: Dave O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: We hope Dr. Andrews is offering the Braves a group discount as he'll be joined there by Brandon Beachy. Medlen is expected to need Tommy John surgery, Beachy is expected to miss just a start or two at this point.
Kris Medlen, SP3/12/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen believes he'll need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. SOURCE: Dave O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: We assumed that was the case when the Braves forked over $14 million for Ervin Santana on Wednesday morning. If it happens, this will be his second Tommy John surgery in the last four years. Medlen has thrown 512 2/3 innings at the big league level with his most coming in 2013 (197 innings).
Ervin Santana, SP3/12/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: The Braves have signed righthander Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million deal. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Santana isn't going to be ready for the start of the season but he should be in the rotation by mid-April. Signing Santana (9-10, 3.24 ERA last season with Kansas City) could be an indication that Atlanta thinks Kris Medlen's elbow injury is serious.
Brandon Beachy, SP3/11/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Atlanta righthander Brandon Beachy is dealing with elbow soreness and inflammation.
Insight: Beachy missed most of the 2012 season with elbow issues. Coming on top of the news that Kris Medlen is also dealing with elbow problems leaves the Braves starting staff very thin.
Kris Medlen, SP3/11/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: Kris Medlen's MRI apparently showed some ligament damage in his elbow, according to Dave O'Brien of Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: That's not good. He's headed to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Medlen (15-12, 3.11 ERA in 2013) could be headed for his second Tommy John surgery.
Kris Medlen, SP3/10/2014 8:51:00 PM
Description: Braves righthander Kris Medlen had an MRI on his right arm this afternoon. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Atlanta fans are praying he doesn't need Tommy John surgery. We should get an update on Medlen's condition sometime in the next 24 hours.
Kris Medlen, SP3/9/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: The Braves are calling Kris Medlen's injury a forearm strain, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Medlen left Sunday's spring training start with the injury. He'll still need an MRI to determine the extent of his injury.
Insight: Medlen grabbed his elbow after throwing his next-to-last pitch, then hopped off the mound toward the dugout immediately after the next one. He's not out of the woods yet, as forearm soreness can sometimes be indicative of a problem with the elbow. Medlen already has one Tommy John surgery under his belt, which came back in August 2010.
Kris Medlen, SP3/9/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen suffered an apparent elbow injury during Sunday's spring training start against the Mets.
Insight: Medlen grabbed his elbow after throwing his next-to-last pitch, then hopped off the mound toward the dugout immediately after the next one, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We're awaiting updates from the Braves.
Mike Minor, SP3/5/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Mike Minor (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session of the spring Wednesday and will throw every other day for at least another week before progressing to live batting practice. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Minor felt soreness in his shoulder when he reported to spring training, the result of a month of inactivity following a urinary tract procedure on Dec. 31. "My mechanics are obviously not all there," Minor said. "My leg was coming out, and I was leaning back more. That's not something I want to do. I want to be more compact and get back to what I was last year. But for this being the first time, I think it went pretty well." He hopes to be back by the second or third week of the season.
Mike Minor, SP3/3/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Mike Minor (shoulder) will throw his first bullpen session of the spring Wednesday, according to ajc.com.
Insight: Minor has been dealing with some shoulder soreness, but he's expected to be ready for the start of the season.
Jonny Venters, RP3/2/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Braves left-handed reliever Jonny Venters (elbow) will throw a limited mound session Wednesday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Venters missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and is trying to make it back by late May or early June. He was one of the top setup men in the majors in 2010-11, posting a 1.89 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 171 innings.
Justin Upton, LF3/2/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton returned to action Sunday after missing a few days with a side injury. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: As long as Upton (.263, 27 HR, 70 RBI) doesn't suffer any setbacks, fantasy owners should feel safe drafting him in the first few rounds.
Justin Upton, LF2/28/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton (side) could be back in the lineup Sunday, according to Braves reporter Kevin McAlpin.
Insight: Upton took batting practice Friday and will work out Saturday. If all goes well, he'll make his Grapefruit League debut Sunday. He has been out with a sore side.
Justin Upton, LF2/26/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Justin Upton will miss the team's Grapefruit League opener Wednesday against Detroit. He's out because of soreness in his side. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, 680 The Fan
Insight: Missing a meaningless spring training game isn't really a cause for concern. Upton (.263, 27 HR, 70 RBI in 2013) should be fine for Opening Day in a few weeks.
Mike Minor, SP2/24/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor is behind in his throwing program because of shoulder soreness. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Minor (13-9, 3.21 ERA in 2013) still isn't throwing off a mound though the team is confident he'll be ready for the start of the season. This news shouldn't change Minor's draft position.
Andrelton Simmons, SS2/20/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Atlanta has reached an agreement with shortstop Andrelton Simmons on a new seven-year contract extension. SOURCE: Braves on Twitter
Insight: Are there any Braves left that haven't gotten an extension in the last week? Simmons' new deal will be worth $58 million. Simmons is coming off a productive season (.248, 17 HR, 59 RBI) and should have an even better one in 2014.
Craig Kimbrel, RP2/18/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: The Braves signed reliever Craig Kimbrel to a four-year contract extension over the weekend.
Insight: Kimbrel's new $42 million deal includes a team option for 2018 ($1 million buyout). He's the best closer in the game right now and though $10.5 million a year is a lot to give a relief pitcher, Kimbrel should be worth every penny.
Julio Teheran, SP2/15/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Atlanta starter Julio Teheran has agreed to a six-year contract extension. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: The deal is worth $32.4 million. The 23-year-old was outstanding as a rookie, posting a 3.20 ERA in 30 starts last season. He should be even better in 2014.
Jonny Venters, RP2/11/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: Braves lefthander Jonny Venters, who missed last season after Tommy John surgery, has been long-tossing without issue.
Insight: In both 2010 and 2011 Venters was one of the premier setup men in the league with an ERA under 2.00 and 189 strikeouts in 171 IP.
Freddie Freeman, 1B2/4/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman, Freddie Freeman's new contract will pay him $135 million over the next eight seasons.
Insight: Looks like Atlanta won't have to worry about first base for the next decade. While his $16.9 million annual salary is far from a bargain, if anyone deserved a new contract it was Freeman, who hit .319 with a career-high 109 RBI last season. Expect the 24-year-old to be equally productive in 2014.
Jason Heyward, RF2/4/2014 6:05:00 PM
Description: According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Jason Heyward's new two-year deal is worth $13.3 million.
Insight: Heyward had been eligible for arbitration. He's a strong bounceback candidate after his injury-plagued 2013 season (.254, 14 HR, 38 RBI in 104 games).
Freddie Freeman, 1B2/4/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Freddie Freeman has agreed to a contract extension with Atlanta though terms of the deal have not yet been released.
Insight: Jon Morosi of Fox Sports hears the deal could be worth as much as $125 million over eight seasons. If that's the case, Freeman will be under Braves' control until 2021. Freeman (.319, 23 HR, 109 RBI) finished fifth in NL MVP voting last season and will be one of the most sought-after first basemen in fantasy heading into the 2014 campaign.
Freddy Garcia, SP1/24/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Veteran righthander Freddy Garcia has agreed to a minor league deal with Atlanta. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: He'll be competing for the fifth spot in the Braves' starting rotation. Garcia went 4-7 with a 4.37 ERA in 17 appearances between Atlanta and Baltimore in 2013.
Ryan Doumit, C12/18/2013 4:39:00 PM
Description: Minnesota dealt utility man Ryan Doumit to the Braves on Wednesday. SOURCE: Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Doumit's greatest asset is that he's still eligible at catcher though he spent the majority of last season as a DH. The jack of all trades has also started at first base and both corner outfield positions. He'll be a low-risk, high-reward fantasy option in 2014.
Gavin Floyd, SP12/16/2013 9:28:00 PM
Description: Former White Sox righthander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a one-year deal with Atlanta. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: He'll earn $4 million next season. Floyd is likely to miss the first few months while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Fantasy owners would be wise to use a wait and see approach with the 30-year-old.
Evan Gattis, C12/10/2013 3:00:00 PM
Description: Atlanta C/LF Evan Gattis was told that he would be the everyday catcher in 2014 by manager Fredi Gonzalez, according to a report by Kevin McAlpin.
Insight: Gattis starrted 38 games at catcher and 47 in the outfield last season, but with Brian McCann jumping ship, he'll get the first chance at the job behind the plate. Gattis batted .243 with 21 HR and 65 RBI last season, but most of the damage was done in the first half of the season. His first half OPS was .873 vs. .678 after the break.
Brian McCann, C11/23/2013 5:35:00 PM
Description: Free agent catcher Brian McCann is close to joining the Yankees.
Insight: Dallas Morning News beat writer Evan Grant says the two sides are "on the verge" of an agreement. Obviously no details will be released until it becomes official but it's likely McCann will get nine figures in the deal.
Jonny Venters, RP11/13/2013 9:30:00 PM
Description: The Braves avoided arbitration with lefthander Jonny Venters Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year, $1.625 million deal. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Venters missed most of last season after having Tommy John surgery. He's targeting a mid-season return.
Tim Hudson, SP11/4/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: Numerous teams have shown interest in right-hander Tim Hudson so expect him to sign and start at the ripe old age of 38-years-old this season.
Insight: Hudson suffered a devastating ankle injury in July and wasn't able to pitch again over the remainder of the season. Hudson (8-7, 3.97 ERA, 1.19 WHIP in 21 starts) pitched well before the injury. However, he doesn't strike out enough batters to be a big-time fantasy asset.
Brian McCann, C10/16/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: ESPN's Andrew Marchand is hearing that Brian McCann could get a six-year, $100 million deal in free agency.
Insight: That could be out of the Braves' price range. McCann didn't have a great season (.256, 20 HR, 57 RBI in 102 games) but the 2014 free agent class is one of the weakest we've seen in a long time. Expect someone to overpay for McCann later this offseason.
Tim Hudson, SP10/14/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: The Braves would like to retain Tim Hudson in free agency this offseason. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Hudson suffered a devastating ankle injury in July and wasn't able to pitch again the rest of the season. Hudson (8-7, 3.97 ERA in 21 starts) pitched well before the injury, however, and doesn't have any plans to retire. Returning to Atlanta for another season makes plenty of sense for the 38-year-old righthander.
Brandon Beachy, SP10/14/2013 3:37:00 PM
Description: Atlanta righthander Brandon Beachy expects to be ready for Spring Training in February. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Beachy missed most of the 2012 season with elbow issues. Though fragile, Beachy owns a 3.23 lifetime ERA and could be a productive fantasy contributor if his arm holds up.
Brian McCann, C10/7/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann is a career .345 hitter with eight home runs in 58 at-bats against Dodgers right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: McCann (.256, 20 HR, 57 RBI) and Nolasco faced each other often when they both played in the NL East. Expect Nolasco to avoid pitching McCann in any stressful situation.
Jordan Schafer, CF10/7/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder Jordan Schafer is questionable for Game 4 of the NLDS Monday against the LA Dodgers with flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Schafer sits behind B.J. Upton and had just 231 at-bats this season, batting .247. He can provide speed when in a lineup.
Kris Medlen, SP10/6/2013 7:07:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen will start versus the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS if necessary.
Insight: Medlen (15-12, 3.11 ERA) had a fantastic September but didn't pitch well in Game 1.
Freddie Freeman, 1B10/6/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is 3-for-4 versus Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jim Ryu.
Insight: This was Freeman's best season in three years as a starter. He batted .319 with 23 HR and 109 RBI. Though the sample size is small, you should start Freeman on Sunday.
Justin Upton, LF10/4/2013 10:21:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is 5-for-11 (.455) with a home run and a 1.418 OPS versus Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.
Insight: Upton (.263, 27 HR, 94 RBI), has struggled mightily against Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw and did again last night, but has a much better history against Greinke and should be in all lineups on Friday.
Chris Johnson, 3B10/3/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson has managed just one hit in 12 at bats against Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Johnson's not the first player to struggle against Kershaw and he certainly won't be the last. With that said, the Braves might be better off using someone else on Thursday.
Justin Upton, LF10/3/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton made the cover of Sports Illustrated a few days ago. Unfortunately for Upton, that's probably going to be the highlight of his week as Thursday's Game 1 against the Dodgers presents a difficult matchup.
Insight: Upton has struggled mightily against Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw in 29 at bats (just three hits). Overall, Upton hit just .115 in the regular season against the Dodgers, which means that if the Braves hope to advance to the NLCS, someone other than Upton will have to do the heavy lifting.
Freddy Garcia, SP10/2/2013 8:10:00 PM
Description: Braves righthander Freddy Garcia will get the ball for Game 4 of the Division Series, assuming a fourth game is necessary.
Insight: Garcia struggled earlier in the year but he's looked much better since the Braves acquired him from Baltimore in late August (1.65 ERA in 27 1/3 IP). He owns a 6-3 record in ten career postseason appearances.
Paul Maholm, SP10/2/2013 8:06:00 PM
Description: Despite a solid regular season, Braves starter Paul Maholm was left off the team's postseason roster.
Insight: He was replaced by Freddy Garcia, who, as manager Fredi Gonzalez notes, has more postseason experience. Maybe it's for the best as Maholm struggled to a 1-3 record after the All-Star break (5.73 ERA in those starts).
Dan Uggla, 2BCold10/1/2013 9:13:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla will not be on the team's NLDS roster, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Elliot Johnson will be the Braves' starting second baseman against the Dodgers.
Insight: Uggla underwent LASIK surgery in mid-August but it did not help him at the plate. He went 8-for-60 (.133) after returning from the procedure and 10-for-101 (.099) with one home run in his last 36 games of the season. In his last 235 MLB games, Uggla has gone 140-for-772 (.181) with 279 strikeouts and is likely done as an everyday player even though he has two years left on his contract with Atlanta.
Gerald Laird, C9/29/2013 7:08:00 PM
Description: Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird went 4-for-4 Sunday in a win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Laird reached on a walk in his other plate appearance. He'll finish the series with six hits in 13 trips to the plate (three walks).
Chris Johnson, 3B9/29/2013 1:14:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Johnson (.321, 12 HR, 68 RBI) was leading the NL in hitting for a while in August but now he's dropped to second behind Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer. Elliot Johnson is starting in his place on Sunday.
Justin Upton, LF9/29/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton belted four hits in Saturday's loss to the Phillies.
Insight: Upton was a triple away from the cycle. He also added his eighth stolen base of the season. The hit parade raises Upton's season average from .259 to .264.
Brian McCann, C9/28/2013 8:40:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann could play Sunday in the regular season finale. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: McCann (.256, 20 HR, 57 RBI) strained an adductor muscle in his groin on Thursday night and hasn't played since. Even if he doesn't play Sunday, McCann should be ready to go for Game 1 of the NLDS.
Craig Kimbrel, RP9/27/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel reached 50 saves for the first time in his career Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Kimbrel has turned in a third straight dominant campaign, going 50-for-54 in save chances with a 1.23 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 66 innings.
Kris Medlen, SPHot9/27/2013 10:00:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen two-hit the Phillies over eight scoreless innings Friday night to win his 15th game of the season.
Insight: For the second straight year, Medlen (15-12, 3.11 ERA) has been brilliant down the stretch. He went 5-0 with a 0.84 ERA over his final six starts this season after going 9-0 with a 0.97 ERA in his last 12 starts last year.
Brian McCann, C9/27/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann exited Thursday's game with a strained adductor muscle and is doubtful for Friday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: McCann (.256, 20 HR, 57 RBI in 102 games) is likely to sit until the playoffs, so plan accordingly.
Jason Heyward, RF9/26/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward finished the night with five hits Thursday in a win over the Phillies.
Insight: It was Heyward's first multi-hit game in over a month. He's hitting .380 against the Phillies this season (19-for-50, 4 HR, 10 RBI).
Brian McCann, C9/26/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann exited Thursday's game with a strained adductor muscle. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Gerald Laird replaced him in the second inning. McCann struck out swinging in his only at bat of the night.
Jason Heyward, RF9/26/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is expected to play in the final four games this season.
Insight: Heyward made a surprising return from the disabled list on Sept. 20. He missed a month after a Jon Niese pitch fractured his jaw on Aug. 21 and has gone 2-for-15 since returning.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot9/26/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is batting .373 with six homers, 18 RBI and a 1.095 OPS in his last 21 games.
Insight: Freeman is wrapping up a career year in style. The first baseman has been one of the most consistent producers in fantasy, hitting above .300 in five months and .291 in his lowest one. He has provided an OPS of .834 or higher in all six months.
Freddy Garcia, SPHot9/24/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Freddy Garcia has a 1.93 ERA in 18 2/3 innings since joining the Atlanta rotation.
Insight: Garcia threw 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs and struck out seven in his latest start Tuesday against the Brewers. He's not expected to start the rest of this season.
Evan Gattis, C9/24/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta C/LF Evan Gattis snapped out of a major slump with a three-hit game Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Gattis doubled and drove in a run to break out of a 4-for-39 (.103) skid over his last 10 games. In just 334 at-bats this season, Gattis has 20 homers and 60 RBI.
Chris Johnson, 3B9/24/2013 5:32:00 PM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson is getting a night off Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Johnson has fallen behind Michael Cuddyer by seven points in the NL batting race. He's hitting .327.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/23/2013 6:47:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is getting a breather Monday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Freeman went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI Sunday in a win over the Cubs. Freeman (.314, 23 HR, 105 RBI) probably won't see as many at bats now that the Braves have clinched a playoff spot.
Andrelton Simmons, SS9/22/2013 6:58:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left the yard twice in Sunday's win over Chicago.
Insight: Sunday was Simmons' first multi-home run game since May 6th. He's fifth among major league shortstops in home runs with 17.
Justin Upton, LF9/22/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton has been nearly perfect against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson, going 6-for-8 (.750) with two doubles and a home run.
Insight: Most of Upton's numbers this season were accumulated in April and August. He's hitting .224 with two home runs and three RBI in September and hit four home runs combined in May, June and July. However, his matchup Sunday should not be ignored.
Kris Medlen, SPHot9/21/2013 9:35:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Kris Medlen failed to win his fifth consecutive start Saturday against the Cubs, but he did provide fantasy owners with 7 1/3 innings and six strikeouts while allowing one earned run on six hits.
Insight: Medlen has had another late-season surge. Since dropping to 6-10 with a 3.78 ERA on July 28, he has gone 8-2 with a 2.31 ERA. That includes a 4-0 record and a 1.01 ERA over his last five starts. Saturday was actually his first no decision since May 24.
Jason Heyward, RF9/21/2013 12:50:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward won't play Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: Heyward went 0-for-2 with a walk in his return from the disabled list yesterday. Justin Upton (.259, 26 HR, 67 RBI) will play right field while Heyward gets the day off.
Brian McCann, C9/21/2013 12:47:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann won't be in the lineup Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: He hasn't been very productive at the plate this month (.167 in 42 September at bats). Gerald Laird is filling in behind the plate.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/20/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman drove in three runs Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Freeman hit his 22nd home run of the year and is now one away from his 2012 total. The first baseman has had his best major league season, hitting .310 with 103 RBI, 83 runs and an .881 OPS.
Chris Johnson, 3B9/20/2013 10:06:00 PM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI, two runs and a walk Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: It's down to Johnson and Michael Cuddyer for the NL batting title. Both players are hitting .331 after Friday.
Jason Heyward, RF9/20/2013 11:11:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and will start Friday's game against the Cubs.
Insight: Most people didn't expect him back this quickly, but after a successful batting practice session on Wednesday, it looks like Heyward is good to go. The star right fielder missed about a month after breaking his jaw.
Andrelton Simmons, SS9/18/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons won't be available for Wednesday's tilt against Washington. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Simmons is out with a sore neck though it doesn't sound like he'll miss more than a game or two. Backup Elliot Johnson is getting the start at shortstop Wednesday in the series finale.
Chris Johnson, 3B9/18/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson does not have a successful history against Washington starter Ross Ohlendorf (1-for-12 with four strikeouts).
Insight: Johnson is putting together the best season of his five-year career, batting .327 with an .819 OPS, but this is a matchup to avoid.
Paul Maholm, SP9/18/2013 10:00:00 AM
Description: An MRI on Paul Maholm's injured elbow revealed no structural damage and he should be fine to start Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: The Braves lefthander is 10-10 with a 4.35 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 96 strikeouts in 140 2/3 IP. Those numbers don't warrant much fantasy attention.
B.J. Upton, CF9/17/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is 10-for-34 (.294) with five home runs and a 1.059 OPS versus Washington right-hander Dan Haren.
Insight: Upton continues to struggle, batting .190 this season with nine homers and 26 RBI, but this is a rare favorable matchup. Start him against Haren in the first game of the doubleheader.
B.J. Upton, CF9/16/2013 12:35:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is 10-for-34 (.294) with five home runs and a 1.059 OPS versus Washington right-hander Dan Haren.
Insight: Upton continues to struggle, batting .190 this season with nine homers and 26 RBI, but this is a rare favorable matchup.
Mike Minor, SP9/16/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: The Braves and Nationals have been told to stay away from Nationals Park this morning because of the shooting close by at the U.S. Navy Yard.
Insight: There is a possibility that tonight's game between Atlanta and Washington could be postponed, so starting anyone on these teams will require fantasy owners to pay attention to the news throughout the day.
Kris Medlen, SPHot9/14/2013 10:28:00 PM
Description: Atlanta righthander Kris Medlen won his fourth straight Saturday against the Padres.
Insight: Medlen is quickly becoming the ace of this staff. During the win streak, he's carried a 0.98 ERA with a 26 to four strikeout to walk ratio. He's lowered his ERA from 3.74 to 3.32 over that stretch.
Jason Heyward, RF9/13/2013 8:23:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was able to take batting practice on Friday. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It was Heyward's first BP since breaking his jaw in mid-August. Heyward, who was originally expected to miss the rest of the regular season, could be back later this month.
Justin Upton, LF9/12/2013 11:27:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is in the starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Marlins.
Insight: Upton fouled a ball off his knee and had to exit Tuesday's game, but he was in the lineup Wednesday night and is back in there again Thursday. That should tell fantasy owners he's feeling good.
Brandon Beachy, SP9/12/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy (elbow) said his elbow is still giving him discomfort. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Beachy played catch earlier this week after being shut down for 10 days, but said he's not where he wants to be. The right-hander has had multiple setbacks after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2012 and likely won't pitch again until 2014.
Paul Maholm, SP9/12/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Paul Maholm's MRI revealed no structural damage in his elbow, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Maholm will miss Friday's start with elbow soreness before being reevaluated. He's 10-10 with a 4.35 ERA this season.
Alex Wood, RP9/11/2013 6:39:00 PM
Description: After giving up 11 earned runs on 11 hits over his last two starts, Braves rookie Alex Wood will be skipped Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Insight: Atlanta will start veteran Freddy Garcia against the Marlins. The Braves want to get the 22-year-old Wood some extra rest after he threw 132 1/3 innings combined between the minors and majors this season, up from 52 2/3 last year with High-A Rome.
Paul Maholm, SP9/11/2013 6:38:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Paul Maholm will miss his start Friday due to an issue with his elbow.
Insight: According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Maholm returned to Atlanta Wednesday to undergo an MRI.
Justin Upton, LF9/11/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is questionable for Wednesday's game with Miami due to a bruised right knee.
Insight: Upton fouled a ball off his knee and had to exit Tuesday's game. Fortunately, he didn't break anything.
Justin Upton, LF9/10/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is day-to-day with a bruised right knee, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Insight: Upton fouled a ball off his knee and had to exit Tuesday's game. Fortunately, he didn't break anything.
Justin Upton, LF9/10/2013 9:07:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton left Tuesday's game against Miami after fouling a ball off his right knee.
Insight: Upton will probably go for precautionary X-rays to find out if he has more than a contusion.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/9/2013 1:46:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 4-for-7 (.571) with three extra base hits and a 1.911 OPS versus Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Freeman is having a productive season, batting a career-high .305 with 19 HR and 96 RBI. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Evan Gattis, C9/8/2013 5:50:00 PM
Description: Atlanta C/LF Evan Gattis bopped two homers Sunday in a loss to Philadelphia.
Insight: His first home run of the day, a solo shot to center field in the second inning, was particularly note-worthy. Not only was it the longest home run hit in the major leagues this season at 486 feet, but it was also the longest homer in the nine-year history of Citizen's Bank Park. Ryan Howard held the previous record at 473 feet.
Dan Uggla, 2BCold9/8/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is 4-for-28 (.143) with eight walks and seven strikeouts since returning from LASIK surgery.
Insight: Uggla may be able to see the baseball better but he still isn't getting his bat on it. He shouldn't be in any lineups Sunday against Phillies starter Cole Hamels, a pitcher he has gone 9-for-60 (.150) with 20 strikeouts against.
Justin Upton, LFCold9/8/2013 10:57:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is getting a day of rest Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Evan Gattis will make the start in left field. Upton (.258, 24 HR, 64 RBI) is hitless in his last 16 at bats.
Justin Upton, LF9/7/2013 11:04:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .417 hitter against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick with a pair of home runs.
Insight: Upton has had such an up-and-down season that it is really hard to predict how he'll finish up. He has had two big hot streaks, posting a 1.136 OPS in April and 1.023 OPS in August. He's currently in a deep valley batting just .150 over the first week of September.
Justin Upton, LF9/6/2013 1:25:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .412 hitter against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Upton has had such an up-and-down season that it is really hard to predict how he'll finish up. He has had two big hot streaks, posting a 1.136 OPS in April and 1.023 OPS in August. He's currently in a valley batting just .188 over the first week of September.
Dan Uggla, 2BCold9/4/2013 11:29:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla makes for a risky fantasy play Wednesday against New York.
Insight: Uggla hasn't had much success against Mets righthander Dillon Gee (4-for-26 with five strikeouts). He's hitting .150 since returning from LASIK eye surgery last week (3-for-20).
Jordan Schafer, CF9/4/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder Jordan Schafer won't compete in Wednesday's game against the Mets.
Insight: He was scratched with a lower back injury. B.J. Upton (.200, 9 HR, 25 RBI) will grab the start in center field.
Kris Medlen, SPHot9/3/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Kris Medlen has gone 6-2 over his last eight appearances to improve from 6-10 to 12-12.
Insight: Medlen nearly lost his spot in the starting rotation earlier this season but injuries prevented that from happening. He struck out nine, walked none and allowed one earned run on seven hits over seven innings Tuesday against the Mets and owns a 2.76 ERA and a 43/6 K/BB over his last 49 innings.
Evan Gattis, CCold9/3/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis returned from the minors and went 3-for-3 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Gattis was demoted at the end of August after going just 20-for-93 (.215) with one home run following his return from the disabled list in mid-July, but he was quickly recalled. He was a nice story earlier this season but is unlikely to have any fantasy value going forward.
Justin Upton, LF9/2/2013 6:45:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with two walks and three runs scored Monday against the Mets.
Insight: Upton has had such an up-and-down season that it is really hard to predict how he'll finish up. He has had two big hot streaks, hitting .302 with 12 homers over his first 23 games and .413 with seven home runs from July 30 to Aug. 16. In his other 86 games, he has hit .227 with five home runs.
Andrelton Simmons, SS9/2/2013 6:39:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is 15-for-46 (.326) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and seven RBI over his last 13 games.
Insight: Simmons is a fantastic defensive shortstop but he really hasn't done anything special with the bat this season. Even with his recent hot streak, he's hitting .249 with 12 homers, 47 RBI, five steals and a .670 OPS.
Jordan Schafer, CF9/2/2013 6:35:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer went 4-for-5 with two runs and three steals Monday versus the Mets.
Insight: Schafer was forced into the starting lineup following Jason Heyward's injury. He entered play Monday with 10 strikeouts and two hits in his last 17 at-bats. He's now hitting .275 with 20 steals.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/2/2013 6:29:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman drove in five runs Monday against the Mets.
Insight: Freeman went 2-for-5 with a double and a homer. The first baseman came into Monday's game 2-for-21 over his last seven. He's hitting .307 with 18 home runs and 93 RBI in 530 at-bats this season.
Julio Teheran, SP9/2/2013 5:48:00 PM
Description: Braves pitcher Julio Teheran will not start again until Sept. 10, according to beat writer David O'Brien.
Insight: Atlanta is skipping him to limit his innings in his first full big league season. He has 161 1/3, up from 137 1/3 last season. Teheran has been one of the top rookies in the NL this season, going 11-7 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
B.J. Upton, CF9/2/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton used to face Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka all the time when Upton was on Tampa Bay and Matsuzaka pitched for the Red Sox. Usually, it didn't work out in Upton's favor.
Insight: He's just 3-for-18 in his career against the man who invented the gyroball (supposedly). Five of those 18 encounters ended with Upton striking out.
Freddy Garcia, SP9/1/2013 3:51:00 PM
Description: Braves righthander Freddy Garcia has been promoted to the major leagues.
Insight: Garcia, who was acquired from Baltimore a little over a week ago, allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings August 26th in his only start for Triple-A Gwinnett. He probably won't fare much better in the big leagues.
Chris Johnson, 3B9/1/2013 3:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Johnson is dealing with minor leg soreness and is getting a precautionary day off to rest, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He could be available to pinch hit.
Justin Upton, LF8/30/2013 4:17:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton (hand) is not in Friday's lineup.
Insight: Upton suffered a left hand contusion after being hit by Ubaldo Jimenez Thursday. He's day-to-day.
Justin Upton, LF8/30/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: X-rays on Justin Upton's left hand came back negative and he is questionable for Friday's game against Miami.
Insight: It's just a bruise. Upton (.265, 24 Hr, 64 RBI) got beaned with a 92 mph fastball from Ubaldo Jimenez. Given the big lead the Braves hold in the division race, they could opt for the conservative route and Upton could miss a game or two.
Kris Medlen, SPHot8/29/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Kris Medlen held the Indians to six hits in seven scoreless frames Thursday at Turner Field.
Insight: Medlen was about to lose his spot in the starting rotation a few weeks ago but injuries to Tim Hudson and Brandon Beachy prevented that from happening. Since then he's been on a roll, allowing just five runs in his last 23 innings (1.96 ERA).
Justin Upton, LF8/29/2013 9:58:00 PM
Description: X-rays on Justin Upton's left hand came back negative. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: It's just a bruise. Upton got beaned with a 92 mph fastball from Ubaldo Jimenez. He shouldn't miss more than a game or two.
Justin Upton, LF8/29/2013 9:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton exited Thursday's game against Cleveland after getting hit by a pitch. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: The ball struck Upton on his left hand. Freddie Freeman pinch-ran for Upton and is now playing first base. Joey Terdoslavich has taken over in left field. Upton, who was 2-for-2 before leaving, is headed for X-rays.
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/29/2013 4:03:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is out of the lineup Thursday against Cleveland.
Insight: Freeman (.308, 16 HR, 85 RBI) is getting a regular day of rest and should be back in there on Friday.
Paul Maholm, SP8/29/2013 10:04:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Paul Maholm gave up one run on six hits over six innings Wednesday night against Cleveland in a no decision.
Insight: It was his best start since June. He has a 7.30 ERA over his last five starts.
Dan Uggla, 2B8/28/2013 7:18:00 PM
Description: Dan Uggla will bat sixth and play second base Wednesday in his return to the Braves lineup.
Insight: Uggla, who was activated from the DL earlier today, had LASIK surgery to improve his eyesight. The hope is that if Uggla (.186, 21 HR, 53 RBI) can see the ball better, it will increase his production.
Dan Uggla, 2B8/28/2013 9:45:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list for Wednesday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Uggla vision has improved to 20/15. He went 2-for-4 in his latest rehab start and is hoping to return to the lineup on Wednesday. Perhaps now he can get his batting average over the "Mendoza Line."
Alex Wood, RP8/27/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves rookie Alex Wood walked four batters Tuesday against Cleveland, but he didn't give up a run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings to improve to 3-2.
Insight: Wood has gone 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA and a 35/10 K/BB in 37 innings over his last six starts. With Brandon Beachy going back on the DL with elbow inflammation, Wood will remain in the Braves rotation and should be owned in deeper mixed leagues.
Brandon Beachy, SP8/27/2013 5:53:00 PM
Description: Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will be shut down for 10 days before visiting with Dr. James Andrews to check on his surgically repaired elbow.
Insight: Beachy was placed on the disabled list last week with right elbow inflammation. He returned from Tommy John surgery rehab on July 29 and made five starts, going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA. With Beachy and Tim Hudson on the disabled list indefinitely, Alex Wood will remain in the rotation.
Chris Johnson, 3B8/27/2013 10:19:00 AM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cleveland due to turf toe.
Insight: Johnson suffered the injury Saturday and missed Sunday's game. He's had an excellent season with the bat, hitting .331 with 10 HR, 57 RBI and an .836 OPS and making himself into a fantasy-worthy asset.
Chris Johnson, 3B8/26/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cleveland due to turf toe.
Insight: Johnson suffered the injury Saturday and missed Sunday's game. Turf toe is a much more common occurrence in football, so it is unclear how long Johnson will need to sit out, but the injury does have a tendency to linger.
Chris Johnson, 3B8/25/2013 12:34:00 PM
Description: According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Chris Johnson is out of the Braves starting lineup Sunday due to turf toe.
Insight: Johnson suffered the injury Saturday. Turf toe is a much more common occurrence in football, so it is unclear how long Johnson will need to sit out, but the injury does have a tendency to linger.
Freddy Garcia, SP8/23/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: Baltimore traded pitcher Freddy Garcia to Atlanta on Friday.
Insight: With Brandon Beachy headed to the DL, the Braves needed some pitching depth. Garcia has been assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett but we wouldn't expect him to stay in the minor leagues for very long.
Brandon Beachy, SP8/23/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: Atlanta righthander Brandon Beachy has been moved to the disabled list.
Insight: Beachy has been struggling with right elbow inflammation. The move was backdated to August 21st, which would allow Beachy to return as early as September 5th, though that's unlikely.
Justin Upton, LF8/23/2013 12:10:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is hitless in 10 career at-bats versus Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Upton apparently only plays well in months beginning with an "A". He batted .298 with 12 HR and 19 RBI in April and is batting .349 with eight homers and a 1.240 OPS in August. In between he wasn't very productive. He probably won't be productive in this unfavorable matchup.
Jason Heyward, RF8/22/2013 8:19:00 PM
Description: As expected, Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward will miss the rest of the regular season. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Heyward underwent surgery to repair a broken jaw on Thursday. His recovery timetable is said to be 4-to-6 weeks. If that holds true, there's a chance Heyward could miss some postseason games as well. Justin Upton will play right field while he's out.
Brandon Beachy, SP8/22/2013 6:57:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Brandon Beachy won't pitch Sunday against the Cardinals. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Beachy is feeling renewed discomfort in his surgically repaired right elbow and is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday. Mike Minor (12-5, 3.06 ERA) will start Sunday in Beachy's place.
Paul Maholm, SP8/22/2013 6:45:00 PM
Description: Braves lefthander Paul Maholm has officially been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Maholm will make the start Thursday against the Cardinals, a team he is 4-7 against for his career (4.06 ERA). Maholm, who was out with a bruised wrist, hasn't pitched in the major leagues since July 20th.
Jason Heyward, RF8/21/2013 7:37:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured jaw, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Insight: Heyward was hit in the jaw by a 90 mph fastball from Jon Niese Wednesday. The injury is the latest blow in what has been a miserable season for the 24-year-old. Heyward batted .121 in April, missed nearly a month due to an emergency appendectomy and was hitting .222 with a .686 OPS as recently as July 26. However, he came into Wednesday's game hitting .348 with six homers, 16 RBI, 25 runs and a 1.032 OPS over his last 23 games and had found a comfort zone in the leadoff spot.
Chris Johnson, 3B8/21/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson belted a three-run homer to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the 10th inning Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: It was Johnson's only hit in five at-bats. The third baseman has had a dream season, hitting .332 with 10 homers and 57 RBI in 109 games.
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/21/2013 7:28:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman has collected four straight multi-hit games.
Insight: Freeman went 3-for-5 with one RBI Wednesday against the Mets and is batting .338 in August. He has hit .315 or better in four of five months this year and .291 in his worst month, so he has been very consistent.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/21/2013 7:22:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-4 with a walk and a run Wednesday.
Insight: Simmons has had a down year at the plate, hitting .246 with a .658 OPS. He's 12-for-59 (.203) in August.
Jason Heyward, RF8/21/2013 3:24:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward left Wednesday's game after taking a 90 mph fastball off the side of his face from Mets pitcher Jon Niese.
Insight: Heyward appeared to turn in time for the ball to hit at least part of his right earflap, but he was spitting up blood as he walked off the field with the trainer and manager Fredi Gonzalez. He'll be taken to the hospital for X-rays and further examination.
Brian McCann, CCold8/21/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is just 1-for-12 (.083) with five strikeouts against Mets right-hander Jonathan Niese.
Insight: McCann (.272, 18 HR, 47 RBI) is producing at his lowest level of the season, batting .226 with a .670 OPS in 13 August games. This unfavorable matchup won't help.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/21/2013 10:34:00 AM
Description: Braves rightfielder Jason Heyward is 9-for-22 (.409) with a pair of homers and a 1.231 OPS against Mets starter Jon Niese.
Insight: After recording at least two hits in six straight games, Heyward has gone hitless in his last two contests, but he owns a favorable matchup and has been swinging well, so make sure he's in the starting lineup.
Justin Upton, LF8/21/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to an upper back strain and is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the New York Mets.
Insight: The injury is to the left side of his back, so it's not near his throwing shoulder. Still, it's unclear how long he'll be out. Manager Fredi Gonzalez is "hopeful" he can return Wednesday which doesn't sound that promising.
Justin Upton, LF8/20/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to an upper back strain.
Insight: The injury is to the left side of his back, so it's not near his throwing shoulder. Still, it's unclear how long he'll be out.
Paul Maholm, SP8/20/2013 5:46:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Paul Maholm (wrist) will rejoin the rotation Thursday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Maholm hasn't pitched since July 20 due to a wrist contusion. The lefty has gone 3-5 with a 5.53 ERA over his last 10 starts after starting out the season 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA.
Mike Minor, SP8/20/2013 5:44:00 PM
Description: The Braves will skip Mike Minor's next start, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: The team will clear a spot for the returning Paul Maholm and also get Minor some extra rest with the move. Minor allowed eight baserunners and four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings his last start.
Julio Teheran, SPHot8/18/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: Atlanta rookie Julio Teheran blanked the Nationals over six innings Sunday in a 2-1 win.
Insight: Teheran is 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in six starts since the All-Star break.
Brian McCann, C8/18/2013 12:51:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann will be on the bench for Sunday's series finale against Washington.
Insight: McCann (.272, 18 HR, 47 RBI) caught all 15 innings last night so it's understandable why he's not in the lineup today. Gerald Laird will take his place behind the plate.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/18/2013 12:46:00 PM
Description: Braves rightfielder Jason Heyward won't compete in Sunday's series finale versus the Nationals.
Insight: Heyward is probably still tired from playing all 15 innings on Saturday night. He's recorded at least two hits in six straight games. Over that stretch, Heyward's average has risen by 20 points (.238 to .258).
Dan Uggla, 2B8/18/2013 12:36:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla says that his vision is now 20/15 after undergoing LASIK eye surgery. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Before the surgery it was between 20/30 and 20/35 so this represents a noticeable improvement. Uggla is still hoping to return August 28th, the day he first becomes eligible to come off the disabled list.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/18/2013 11:47:00 AM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons won't appear in Sunday's game versus Washington.
Insight: Simmons went hitless in Saturday night's 15-inning marathon (0-for-3 with three walks). Paul Janish (.118, 0 HR, 1 RBI) will take over at shortstop in Simmons' absence.
Justin Upton, LF8/18/2013 11:46:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is sitting out Sunday's contest against the Nationals.
Insight: Upton had a disappointing night on Saturday, finishing the game 0-for-6 with a season-high five strikeouts. Evan Gattis is starting in left field, though we could see Upton later on as a pinch hitter.
Kris Medlen, SP8/18/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta righthander Kris Medlen made his first relief appearance of the season Saturday in a 15-inning loss to Washington.
Insight: Medlen allowed four hits and one run in his three innings of work. After throwing 47 pitches, he'll have his next start pushed back to Saturday. Originally, Medlen had been scheduled to throw Tuesday against the Mets.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/18/2013 9:18:00 AM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward took Rafael Soriano deep to force extra innings Saturday at Turner Field.
Insight: It was one of two homers on the night for Heyward, who is now hitting .390 in the month of August. Despite Heyward's heroics, the Braves eventually lost in 15 innings.
Tyler Pastornicky, 2B8/17/2013 7:55:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tyler Pastornicky is headed for season-ending surgery on his left knee. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Pastornicky tore his ACL Wednesday against the Phillies. He'll finish the season with a .300 average in 30 at bats.
B.J. Upton, CFCold8/17/2013 3:59:00 PM
Description: Slumping Braves center fielder B.J. Upton has been given the day off. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Upton is hitless in his last five games with seven strikeouts over that span. Jordan Schafer will get the start in center Saturday against Washington.
Andrelton Simmons, SSCold8/17/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is hitless in nine at-bats against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: It's a good thing he's such a great fielder, because his bat has been non-existent this season. He's batting .243 with a .646 OPS.
Brandon Beachy, SP8/15/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Atlanta pitcher Brandon Beachy has thrown three straight quality starts.
Insight: Beachy is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.71 WHIP over his last two turns after tossing six innings of two-run ball Wednesday against the Phillies. After four starts since returning from his Tommy John surgery rehab, Beachy has a 4.50 ERA but only because he allowed seven runs over 3 2/3 innings in his first start. He should be owned in all leagues.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/15/2013 9:22:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Heyward is hitting an even .400 with three homers, 12 RBI, seven walks and 20 runs over his last 17 games. The move to the leadoff spot has worked wonders for his fantasy value.
Tyler Pastornicky, 2B8/14/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Tyler Pastornicky sprained his left knee Wednesday against the Phillies. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Andrelton Simmons came in for Pastornicky in the fourth inning. Pastornicky has only logged 29 big league at bats this season. He's owned in less than one percent of fantasy leagues.
Jordan Walden, RP8/14/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Atlanta relief pitcher Jordan Walden took a line drive off his right hand last Saturday and may still need time to heal.
Insight: He hasn't recorded a save yet in 2013 and won't as long as Craig Kimbrel is healthy.
Jason Heyward, RF8/14/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Phillies left-hander John Lannan.
Insight: Sunday was Heyward's first four-hit game since his rookie season in 2010 and he has added a pair of two-hit games in the first two games of the series with Philadelphia, but this matchup doesn't work for him. He's hitting .338 since the All-Star break with three homers and 12 RBI, so get him back in the lineup tomorrow.
Chris Johnson, 3B8/13/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer Tuesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Johnson hit .330 in the first half, and he has been even better since the All-Star break. In 25 games since then, he has hit .357 with three homers and 19 RBI.
Kris Medlen, SP8/13/2013 9:52:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Kris Medlen ran his record to 10-10 Tuesday with his fourth straight victory.
Insight: Medlen allowed just one earned run on five hits and struck out five with one walk over seven innings Tuesday against the Phillies. During his four-game winning streak, Medlen has a 3.46 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 23/4 K/BB in 26 innings.
Dan Uggla, 2B8/13/2013 9:35:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (eyes) hopes to be back in the lineup when he is eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 28, according to MLB.com. Uggla will have LASIK surgery by the end of this week.
Insight: Uggla was diagnosed with astigmatism during spring training but held off on wearing contact lenses until June. The lenses haven't helped -- Uggla is 2-for-41 (.049) with 15 K over his last 12 games and 28-for-161 (.174) with 54 K since getting the contacts.
Paul Maholm, SP8/13/2013 5:09:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Paul Maholm (wrist) is scheduled to throw a rehab start Saturday with Low-A Rome, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He'll throw six innings or 90 pitches in the outing and should be able to return after just one start.
Insight: Maholm hasn't pitched since July 20 due to a wrist contusion. The lefty has gone 3-5 with a 5.53 ERA over his last 10 starts after starting out the season 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA, but he's expected to return to the rotation, displacing rookie Alex Wood.
Dan Uggla, 2B8/13/2013 3:35:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Uggla has been dealing with vision issues and had surgery. He is an all-or-nothing guy in the Adam Dunn mold - batting .186 with 21 HR and 53 RBI.
Brian McCann, C8/12/2013 9:27:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann was back in the lineup Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: He missed the Braves' last two games because of a knee injury. McCann's .522 slugging percentage leads all big league catchers.
Justin Upton, LF8/12/2013 7:04:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton will play Monday against Philadelphia.
Insight: Upton's status had been in question after he left Sunday's game early because of a hamstring cramp. Upton is hitting .263 against the Phillies this season with 3 HR and 7 RBI.
Justin Upton, LF8/12/2013 11:23:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton exited Sunday's game due to a left hamstring cramp and is questionable for Monday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Upton is hitting .366 with six homers and a 1.276 OPS in August after three straight disappointing months so losing him now would be frustrating, but a cramp is not a serious issue.
Brian McCann, C8/12/2013 11:21:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is not in Sunday's lineup due to lingering knee soreness and is questionable for Monday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: McCann didn't start Saturday either. The knee issue isn't serious, but the team wants to make sure he doesn't aggravate it.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/11/2013 6:08:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward stayed hot with four hits Sunday in a win over the Marlins.
Insight: Sunday was Heyward's first four-hit game since his rookie season in 2010. He's hitting .319 since the All-Star break with three homers and 12 RBI.
Justin Upton, LF8/11/2013 3:47:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton exited Sunday's game due to a left hamstring cramp, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Upton is hitting .395 with six homers and a 1.373 OPS in August after three straight disappointing months so losing him now would be frustrating, but a cramp is not a serious issue. He might not be in the lineup Monday aainst the Phillies, however.
Brian McCann, C8/11/2013 11:14:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is not in Sunday's lineup due to lingering knee soreness, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: McCann didn't start Saturday either. The knee issue isn't serious, but the team wants to make sure he doesn't aggravate it.
Alex Wood, RP8/11/2013 9:36:00 AM
Description: Braves rookie Alex Wood had his third straight strong start Saturday against the Marlins, going six innings, striking out seven and allowing no runs on two hits.
Insight: The lanky left-hander has gone 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP and 17 K in 19 innings over his last three starts. However, he's likely to return to the bullpen when Paul Maholm (wrist) returns next week.
Brandon Beachy, SP8/9/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Brandon Beachy fired eight shutout innings Friday to extend the Braves' winning streak to 14.
Insight: Beachy's first two outings of the season weren't very impressive but this one sure was. If the Braves had needed him to, Beachy probably could have pitched another inning as his pitch count was only at 99 when he left the game. Beachy will look to build on this outing next week against the Phillies.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/7/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (neck) returned to the lineup and went 2-for-5 with a double, one RBI and two runs Wednesday.
Insight: Heyward suffered a strained neck muscle during his first at-bat Tuesday night and had to exit the game, but he was back in there Wednesday versus Washington. The outfielder is hitting .319 with three homers, 11 RBI, seven walks and 17 runs over his last 13 games and has excelled since moving to the leadoff spot in the order on July 27.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/7/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has hit safely in 12 consecutive games and is batting .487 with four doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI over his last nine.
Insight: Upton went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, a walk and three RBI Wednesday versus the Nationals. He blasted a total of four homers from May 1 to July 31, but has hit five in seven games in August.
B.J. Upton, CFHot8/7/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton extended his hitting streak to five games with a four-hit performance Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: He's batting .476 since his return from the disabled list. Upton's last four-hit game before Wednesday came on August 17, 2012 against the Angels.
Jason Heyward, RF8/7/2013 5:14:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (neck) is back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Heyward suffered a strained neck muscle during his first at-bat Tuesday night and had to exit the game. He has had a miserable season but has hit .310 with a .968 OPS over his last 12 games.
B.J. Upton, CF8/6/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton has hit safely in all four games since coming off the disabled list.
Insight: He went 2-for-4 with two steals and a run Tuesday against Washington. Of course, he also struck out twice in the game and has fanned seven times in 16 at-bats since the team activated him. Upton is nearing the Mendoza line, but he still has just eight homers and 10 steals one year after blasting 28 longballs and swiping 31 bags.
Julio Teheran, SPHot8/6/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta rookie Julio Teheran dropped his ERA below 3.00 for the first time this season Tuesday.
Insight: Teheran has slowly but surely reduced his ERA from 7.31 on April 18 to 2.96 after Tuesday's six-inning, one-run effort in a win over Washington. Over his last 19 starts, he has posted a 2.38 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, an 8.11 K/9, a 1.71 BB/9 and a 0.82 HR/9.
Paul Maholm, SP8/6/2013 7:53:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Paul Maholm (wrist) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Insight: Maholm hasn't pitched since July 20 due to a wrist contusion. He plans to throw another mound session before making a minor league rehab start and could be back by the third week of August. The lefty has gone 3-5 with a 5.53 ERA over his last 10 starts after starting out the season 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA.
Jason Heyward, RF8/6/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left Tuesday's game after appearing to tweak his neck while fouling off a pitch, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Insight: Heyward has had a miserable season, so it figures that just as he's heating up -- he hit .317 with a .990 OPS over his last 11 games -- he would suffer an injury.
Dan Uggla, 2B8/6/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla doesn't usually put the bat on the ball in his matchups against Nats lefty Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: In 20 plate appearances against Gonzalez, Uggla has one hit, eight walks and six strikeouts. It's probably best to avoid this matchup.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/6/2013 10:47:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is 5-for-12 with a pair of home runs against Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Simmons struggled in the recent series against Philadelphia and went hitless on Monday night, so he probably won't take advantage of this favorable matchup. It's a good thing he's such a great fielder.
Justin Upton, LF8/5/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is just 1-for-12 with four strikeouts versus Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Upton's on a roll right now, with a seven-game hitting streak and a 1.246 OPS over the span. Hopefully this poor matchup won't slow him down too much as fantasy owners hope they get the "April Upton" again in August.
Dan Uggla, 2B8/5/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla hits Washington Nationals ace Stpehen Strasburg well and should be in lineups for Monday's matchup.
Insight: In a statistical quirk, Uggla hits .458 over his career against the Nats' flame thrower with a pair of homers and a 1.310 OPS. Despite a career batting average of .248, Uggla has batted above .300 against some of the league's best - Greg Maddux (.538), Stasburg, Roy Halladay (.324), John Smoltz (.318).
Jason Heyward, RF8/4/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is 2-for-17 against Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Heyward has been installed as the leadoff hitter and it has helped his production. He's 8-for-23 over his past six games (.348), but his season average is still hovering below .240. Avoid this matchup.
B.J. Upton, CF8/3/2013 1:53:00 PM
Description: The Braves activated center fielder B.J. Upton from the disabled list on Saturday and have him back in the starting lineup playing center field and batting seventh.
Insight: A strained adductor had kept Upton sidelined for the last three weeks. Even for the low-average Upton, 2013 has been a struggle. He's batting just .177 with an OPS (.565) almost 200 points below his normal production level.
Evan Gattis, CCold8/3/2013 1:50:00 PM
Description: Braves C/1B Evan Gattis is catching and batting cleanup for Atlanta against the Phillies on Saturday.
Insight: After a fast start (six homers and 16 RBI in both April and May), Gattis has returned to being just another mediocre player with an after-the-All-Star break OPS of .609.
Jason Heyward, RF8/3/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is 1-for-11 against Phillies left-hander John Lannan.
Insight: Heyward has been hitting leadoff and it has helped his production. He's 10-for-25 over his past six games, but his season average is still hovering below .240.
B.J. Upton, CF8/2/2013 8:30:00 PM
Description: The Braves might activate center fielder B.J. Upton from the disabled list on Saturday. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: A strained adductor has kept Upton sidelined for the last three weeks. Upton began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback on Friday, he should be back in the Braves' starting nine Saturday or Sunday.
Paul Maholm, SP8/2/2013 9:04:00 AM
Description: Atlanta starter Paul Maholm is expected to throw a bullpen session sometime over the weekend, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.
Insight: He's dealing with a wrist injury. Maholm is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, but Carroll Rogers of AJC doesn't expect him back before Aug. 10 at the earliest. His last outing was July 20. He's 9-9 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/1/2013 10:56:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is 8-for-21 with two homers, seven RBI, 10 runs and four walks over his last five games.
Insight: Heyward has been hitting leadoff and it has helped his production so far. He has been terrible this season but has the ability to break out at any time.
Justin Upton, LF8/1/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton smashed two home runs and drove in five Thursday against the Rockies.
Insight: That's the type of performance fantasy owners have been waiting for since April. Upton has gone 7-for-14 with two doubles and two home runs over his last three games.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/31/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman had a pretty good day at the office Wednesday against the Rockies (4-for-4, two RBI).
Insight: That gives him six RBI in his last two games. One of Freeman's hits (an RBI single) came as part of a seven-run third inning. The Braves have now scored six or more runs in an inning in each of their last three games. They're the first team to do that since the Yankees accomplished the same feat in 2009.
Mike Minor, SP7/31/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Atlanta lefthander Mike Minor notched his 11th win of the season Wednesday versus Colorado.
Insight: Minor allowed just two hits in seven shutout innings. He's now 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in his last two starts. His next outing is scheduled for Monday against Washington.
Brian McCann, C7/30/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann crushed his 14th homer of the season Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: McCann, who enjoyed a day off Monday, went 1-for-4 with three RBI and a walk in the game. His OPS of .894 is nearly 200 points higher than last season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/30/2013 10:41:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer in the first inning and a three-run jack in the seventh Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Freeman has been in a bit of a slump since the All-Star break, going 8-for-36 (.222) with 14 K in his first 11 games, so it's good to see him break out with a big game.
Jason Heyward, RF7/30/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Heyward has had a miserable season but he still has all the talent in the world and is 7-for-14 over his last three games. The Braves shuffled their lineup recently, moving Heyward to leadoff, Justin Upton to second, Freddie Freeman to third, Evan Gattis to fourth and Brian McCann to fifth. The new lineup has helped the Braves win five in a row.
B.J. Upton, CF7/30/2013 4:45:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton (abductor) is scheduled to start a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Upton, who suffered a right abductor strain before the All-Star break, is scheduled to play three games with Triple-A Gwinnett before returning to the big leagues. He's hitting a paltry .177 with eight homers, 20 RBI, 23 runs, seven steals and a .565 OPS in 84 games this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/30/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 4-for-6 with a double, triple and two homers versus Colorado starter Juan Nicasio.
Insight: Ok, six at-bats doesn't tell you much except that Freeman will be a confident hitter. He hasn't had the expected power surge from 23 home runs a year ago, but he has raised his average from .259 to .299 while driving in 65 runs.
Reed Johnson, RF7/30/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Atlanta Braves backup outfielder Reed Johnson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left Achilles tendinitis.
Insight: Johnson (.263) is a career backup with no power or speed therefore this injury shouldn't change any fantasy lineups.
Brandon Beachy, SP7/29/2013 10:26:00 PM
Description: In his first start since June 16, 2012, Braves righty Brandon Beachy allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Monday against the Rockies.
Insight: Beachy spent 13 months rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He had a 2.00 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP in 81 innings at the time of his injury after posting a 3.68 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a 10.7 K/9 in 141 2/3 innings the year before.
B.J. Upton, CF7/29/2013 7:47:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton (abductor) is expected to start a minor league rehab assignment this week, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Insight: Upton suffered a right abductor strain before the All-Star break. He's hitting a paltry .177 with eight homers, 20 RBI, 23 runs, seven steals and a .565 OPS in 84 games this season.
Brian McCann, C7/29/2013 4:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Rockies.
Insight: The Braves will let Evan Gattis catch Brandon Beachy in Beachy's 2013 debut. He has had a nice bounce-back season, hitting .284 with 13 homers, 35 RBI and an .884 OPS in 62 games this season.
Brandon Beachy, SP7/27/2013 9:37:00 PM
Description: Brandon Beachy will indeed make his season debut Monday against the Rockies. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It's been 13 months since Beachy last pitched in the big leagues, which is about normal for pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery. Before his surgery last year, Beachy was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts.
Julio Teheran, SP7/27/2013 7:40:00 PM
Description: Atlanta rookie Julio Teheran surrendered just two hits Saturday in a no-decision against the Cardinals.
Insight: Teheran (7 IP, 0 R, 6 K's) has a 0.69 ERA in his last two starts. Unfortunately, the Braves have only scored a combined four runs in those games so Teheran is winless over that span. The two runs Atlanta scored on Saturday both came after Teheran was already out of the game.
Justin Upton, LF7/26/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has never recorded a hit off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Upton is 0-for-10 with three K against Wainwright. If this was April, when Upton had 12 homers and hit .298 with a 1.136 OPS, we'd advise you to play him anyway, but he has had an OPS below .700 in each of the last three months. Avoid this matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/25/2013 7:34:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hit his 11th homer of the season Thursday against the New York Mets.
Insight: Freeman hasn't had the expected power surge from 23 home runs a year ago, but he has raised his average from .259 to .306 while driving in 65 runs.
Brian McCann, C7/25/2013 12:08:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann will get Thursday afternoon off with gerald Laird getting the start.
Insight: Once McCann returned from offseason injury, he has been hitting very well - .286, 13 HR, 35 RBI in 59 games. Laird holds no fantasy value.
Jason Heyward, RF7/25/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (hamstring) is noy in the Atlanta starting lineup for Thursday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Heyward suffered a strained hamstring several games before the All-Star break and sat out the first three games of the second half. He's just 1-for-9 in the three games he has played. Fantasy owners are still waiting for him to find his swing (.223, 7 HR, 21 RBI in 70 games).
Tim Hudson, SP7/25/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: The latest update on Atlanta righthander Tim Hudson is that he suffered a fractured right ankle and will need season-ending surgery.
Insight: Eric Young stepped on Hudson's foot on a play at first base and Hudson went down writhing in pain. He'll finish the season 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Brandon Beachy should come off the disabled list and take over Hudson's spot in the rotation, but as the veteran leader to a young Braves' pitching staff it will be interesting to see how they hold up without him.
Brandon Beachy, SP7/24/2013 10:46:00 PM
Description: The Braves are hoping Brandon Beachy will be able to rejoin the starting rotation Monday versus Colorado. SOURCE: Braves.com
Insight: He's been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and it looks like he's finally back to 100 percent. The plan was for Kris Medlen to lose his spot in the rotation when Beachy returned but now that Tim Hudson is likely out for the year, there should be room in the rotation for both of them.
Tim Hudson, SP7/24/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Atlanta righthander Tim Hudson suffered what looked to be a serious injury Wednesday against the Mets. SOURCE: Mike Axisa, CBS Sports
Insight: Eric Young stepped on Hudson's foot on a play at first base and Hudson went down writhing in pain. He was eventually carted off the field. We don't know the extent of the injury yet but there's a pretty good chance Hudson has thrown his last pitch of 2013.
Kris Medlen, SPCold7/23/2013 10:19:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Kris Medlen looked like a fantasy ace last season, but he is just 6-10 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP after losing Tuesday's game to the Mets.
Insight: Medlen has allowed 55 hits in just 40 2/3 innings and posted a 5.53 ERA over his last seven starts. He's in jeopardy of being demoted to the bullpen when Brandon Beachy returns from his Tommy John rehab because he is underperforming and already has bullpen experience.
Andrelton Simmons, SS7/23/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Simmons accounted for Atlanta's lone run in a 4-1 loss. The second-year shortstop has 10 homers and 52 runs, but he's only hitting .242 with a .640 OPS.
Paul Maholm, SP7/22/2013 6:50:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Paul Maholm has been placed on the disabled list.
Insight: He's dealing with a bruised wrist. With Maholm out, the Braves will turn to lefthander Alex Wood Thursday against New York.
Jason Heyward, RF7/22/2013 4:16:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (hamstring) is back in the No. 2 hole and playing center field, according to Braves beat writer Mark Bowman.
Insight: Heyward suffered a strained hamstring several games before the All-Star break and sat out the first three games of the second half. Fantasy owners are still waiting for him to find his swing (.227, 7 HR, 21 RBI in 67 games).
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/21/2013 9:50:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (hamstring) is expected back Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Heyward suffered a strained hamstring several games before the All-Star break and sat out the first three games of the second half.
Paul Maholm, SPCold7/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Braves lefty Paul Maholm will have his left wrist examined by a team specialist in Atlanta. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Maholm sprained his wrist in his last start before the All-Star break and allowed seven earned runs over three innings Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. The left-hander has given up 55 hits and 27 earned runs over his last 37 2/3 innings, and his ERA has increased from 3.46 to 4.41 in that span.
Paul Maholm, SPCold7/20/2013 6:48:00 PM
Description: Braves lefty Paul Maholm left Saturday's start early because of a sprained wrist. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Maholm didn't look right from the opening pitch, surrendering a season-high seven earned runs in just three innings. Unless Atlanta can pull off a miracle comeback, Maholm will be tagged with his fifth loss in his last seven starts.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/20/2013 1:54:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (thumb) is back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game with the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Freeman jammed his thumb last Saturday and missed the All-Star Game as a result. He's been a solid RBI man this year with 61, a .308 batting average and an .854 OPS.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/19/2013 5:46:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (thumb) is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Freeman jammed his thumb Saturday missed the All-Star Game as a result. He was cleared to take dry swings and hit off a tee this week, but he's not ready to return to action just yet.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/19/2013 5:24:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (hamstring) is not in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Heyward suffered a strained hamstring last week, but was expected to be available Friday after resting over the All-Star break.
Justin Upton, LF7/18/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is probable for Friday's game against the White Sox, while dealing with a strained left calf.
Insight: Upton was the best hitter in the NL for the month of April (.298, 12 HR, 19 RBI, 1.136 OPS), but stumbled in May and June. He was much improved in 11 July games before the injury and fantasy owners hope the rise in production will continue upon his return from the break.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/18/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward, who was been diagnosed with a strained right hamstring and missed three consecutive games before the break, is probable for Friday's game against the White Sox.
Insight: Heyward suffered the injury on an awkward slide into third base last Thursday and left the game. He's struggled all season to find his swing, batting .227 with seven homers, 21 RBI and 35 runs scored. He's probably the healthiest of the Braves three starting outfielders.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/18/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (thumb) didn't play in the All-Star game on Tuesday, but is hoping to return for Friday's second-half opener.
Insight: Freeman jammed his wrist and thumb Saturday and sat out Sunday. He's been cleared to swing off a tee for Thursday and if he has no setbacks is in line to return on Friday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/15/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (thumb) won't play in the All-Star game this Tuesday, but is hoping to return for Friday's second-half opener.
Insight: Freeman jammed his wrist and thumb Saturday and sat out Sunday. He's been a solid fantasy option, batting .308 with nine homers, 61 RBI, 49 runs scored and an .854 OPS.
Brian McCann, C7/14/2013 6:57:00 PM
Description: Braves backstop Brian McCann will replace Freddie Freeman in Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Insight: Freeman is dealing with a thumb injury. McCann has now been invited to the All-Star Game seven times in his last eight seasons.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/14/2013 2:32:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (thumb) won't play in the All-Star game this Tuesday.
Insight: Freeman jammed his wrist and thumb Saturday and is sitting out Sunday. The Atlanta first baseman beat out Yasiel Puig and three others for the NL Final Vote this week. Puig, however, likely won't be considered as a replacement since he also is dealing with an injury.
Evan Gattis, C7/14/2013 12:35:00 PM
Description: Braves C/1B Evan Gattis has been activated from the disabled list and is starting at first base Sunday.
Insight: Gattis, who hurt his oblique during an at-bat on June 17, will return to a .252 average, 14 homers, 37 RBI and an .894 OPS in just 163 at-bats. With B.J. Upton (abductor) going on the disabled list Sunday and Jason Heyward (hamstring), Justin Upton (calf) and Freddie Freeman (thumb) also dealing with injuries, Gattis could see regular at-bats immediately after the All-Star break.
B.J. Upton, CF7/14/2013 12:31:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton (abductor) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Upton has a right abductor strain. The outfielder has had a terrible season, batting .177 with a .565 OPS.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/14/2013 12:29:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (thumb) might not be available for Tuesday's All-Star game, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Freeman jammed his wrist and thumb Saturday and is sitting out Sunday. He reportedly is wearing a soft splint on his thumb, and is unlikely to play Tuesday. However, the injury isn't a long-term concern.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/14/2013 10:51:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman jammed his wrist Saturday and is getting Sunday's game off, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
Insight: The Braves are able to rest Freeman because Evan Gattis has been activated from the DL. Gattis will start at first base Sunday.
Mike Minor, SP7/13/2013 8:59:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor has allowed three earned runs on 12 hits over his last 13 1/3 innings.
Insight: Minor (9-4, 3.02 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) gave up four earned runs in three of his previous four starts before throwing two straight quality starts. He won for the first time since June 9 Saturday against the Reds.
Dan Uggla, 2B7/13/2013 8:52:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla hit his 17th homer of the season Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: Getting fitted for new contacts hasn't really made a difference in the second baseman's numbers. Since he got them, he's 16-for-74 (.216) with four home runs and a 25.9 percent strikeout rate.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/13/2013 1:43:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward, who has been diagnosed with a strained right hamstring will miss his second consecutive game.
Insight: Heyward suffered the injury on an awkward slide into third base Thursday and left the game. He's struggled all season to find his swing, batting .227 with seven homers, 21 RBI and 35 runs scored. The Braves are struggling to find three healthy outfielders with B.J. and Justin Upton injured on Friday night and Jordan Schafer already hurt. They will start Reed Johnson, Jose Constanza and Joey Terdoslavich in the outfield on Saturday.
Joey Terdoslavich, RF7/13/2013 1:22:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Joey Terdoslavich will get the first start of his career due to all the injuries the team has suffered, including to both Upton brothers on Friday night.
Insight: Terdoslavich, a switch-hitter, is just 1-for-9 over his first seven games. He batted .318 with 18 HR and 58 RBI in 85 games at Gwinnett this season, so has some pop in his bat.
Jose Constanza, LF7/13/2013 1:15:00 PM
Description: The Braves have called up outfielder Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett after the team suffered injuries to B.J. Upton and Justin Upton on Friday night. They already were dealing with injuries to Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer.
Insight: Constanza will leadoff and play left field. He doesn't possess much for fantasy owners to like. He batted .263 with zero homers and a .635 OPS at Gwinnett. His only redeeming fantasy value is 18 steals, but he was also caught eight times.
Jose Constanza, LF7/13/2013 11:59:00 AM
Description: The Braves have called up outfielder Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett after the team suffered injuries to B.J. Upton and Justin Upton on Friday night. They already were dealing with injuries to Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer.
Insight: Constanza doesn't possess much for fantasy owners to like. He batted .263 with zero homers and a .635 OPS at Gwinnett. His only redeeming fantasy value is 18 steals, but he was also caught eight times.
Chris Johnson, 3B7/13/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is hitless in nine at-bats versus against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Johnson is batting .341 with almost a .900 OPS over the past four weeks, but this matchup is unfavorable.
Justin Upton, LF7/13/2013 9:35:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton followed his brother to the sidelines with a calf injury. We'll knoe more after a Saturday evaluation.
Insight: Upton was 1-for-3 before being removed. The Braves are suddenly very short of outfielders with both Uptons injured along with Jordan Schafer and Jason Heyward. The team is expected to bring up Jose Constanza from Gwinnett, but he is likely to produce little for fantasy owners.
Brian McCann, CHot7/13/2013 8:56:00 AM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann has homered in two straight games and is batting .440 with six doubles, four longballs, 11 RBI and five walks over his last 13 games.
Insight: McCann has his season average up to .291 and has blasted 12 home runs in 206 plate appearances. If the backstop keeps pounding out line drives at a rate above 27 percent like he has so far, his .292 BABIP is sure to soar.
Jordan Schafer, CF7/12/2013 9:58:00 PM
Description: More bad news for Jordan Schafer. A recent MRI showed a stress fracture in his injured ankle. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: That's going to keep Schafer out for at least another month. The Atlanta outfielder was originally placed on the DL with an ankle bruise about a week ago. With B.J. Upton also hurt, the Braves will be forced to use Reed Johnson in center field.
B.J. Upton, CF7/12/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton's injury is being called a "strained adductor." SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: There's almost no chance we see Upton (.177, 8 HR, 20 RBI) again before the All-Star break. Reed Johnson is likely to play center field while he's out.
B.J. Upton, CF7/12/2013 8:39:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton suffered an injury Friday night against Cincinnati. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Upton hurt himself going after a base hit by Reds third baseman Todd Frazier. The injury occurred in the first inning so Upton never had a chance to bat. Reed Johnson has entered the game in Upton's place.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/12/2013 4:05:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has been diagnosed with a strained right hamstring and is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Heyward suffered the injury on an awkward slide into third base Thursday and left the game. He's struggled all season to find his swing, batting .227 with seven homers, 21 RBI and 35 runs scored.
Brian McCann, CHot7/12/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann is a career .450 hitter (9-for-20) with four homers against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: McCann continues to swing a hot bat, hitting .455 over the past 11 games with a 1.206 OPS. He's been a solid option since coming off the disabled list and this favorable matchup makes him a must-start candidate.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/11/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: After winning the Final Vote for the NL All-Star team earlier in the day, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI Thursday against the Reds.
Insight: Freeman has one of the best line-drive rates in baseball at nearly 29 percent, and he has only popped up to the infield twice all season. He's fully deserving of his .373 BABIP and .310 batting average. The young first baseman only has nine homers this year, but he has driven in 60 runs and scored 49.
Tim Hudson, SP7/11/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Tim Hudson has won two straight starts after going 0-6 in his previous 10.
Insight: Hudson allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits in seven innings Thursday against the Reds. It was his seventh quality start in his last eight outings.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/11/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has been diagnosed with a strained right hamstring.
Insight: Heyward suffered the injury on an awkward slide into third base Thursday and left the game.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/11/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left Thursday's game with a right hamstring injury.
Insight: Heyward suffered the injury on an awkward slide into third base. He was able to walk off under his own power, but that doesn't necessarily mean the injury isn't serious enough to land him on the DL. We should know more soon.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/11/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman won the "Final Vote" for the last spot on the NL All-Star team.
Insight: He surprisingly beat out Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig as well as Ian Desmond, Adrian Gonzalez and Hunter Pence. Freeman is hitting .307 with nine homers, 56 RBI, 49 runs and an .858 OPS this season.
Evan Gattis, C7/11/2013 5:17:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis likely will begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Insight: Gattis, who hurt his oblique during an at-bat on June 17, reportedly crushed the ball during his BP session Wednesday and said he didn't feel any pain. The rookie catcher is hitting .252 with 14 homers and 37 RBI in just 163 at-bats and should be ready to return when the second half begins.
Chris Johnson, 3BHot7/11/2013 12:22:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has tortured Reds starter Mat Latos throughout his career.
Insight: Johnson owns a .467 career average against the righthander. Johnson has watched his batting average rise 16 points during his 11-game hitting streak (.319 to .335).
Evan Gattis, C7/10/2013 8:17:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis took batting practice Wednesday for the first time since being placed on the DL with an oblique strain, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis, who hurt his oblique during an at-bat on June 17, reportedly crushed the ball during his BP session Wednesday and said he didn't feel any pain. The rookie catcher is hitting .252 with 14 homers and 37 RBI in just 163 at-bats and should be ready to return when the second half begins.
Brian McCann, C7/10/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann is not in Wednesday's starting lineup, Gerald Laird will start behind the plate.
Insight: McCann is swinging a hot bat, hitting .444 over the past 11 games with a 1.169 OPS. He's been a solid option since coming off the disabled list.
Andrelton Simmons, SS7/10/2013 11:13:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Simmons (.245, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 46 runs) is 1-for-12 in the first two games of the series and can probably use a rest day.
Justin Upton, LF7/9/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and two RBI Tuesday at Miami.
Insight: Upton also had two doubles and three RBI last night. The outfielder smashed 12 homers in April, but he has hit just four since then. Upton has struck out 98 times in 319 at-bats.
Julio Teheran, SPHot7/9/2013 10:27:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran fired 7 1/3 innings and allowed seven hits and four runs (one earned) Tuesday in a win over the Marlins.
Insight: Teheran allowed a two-out, three-run homer to Rob Brantly in the second inning, but all three runs were unearned because Chris Johnson made an error earlier in the inning. Teheran is 7-4 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP and should be owned in all leagues.
Evan Gattis, C7/9/2013 1:37:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (oblique) has begun to hit off a tee, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.
Insight: Gattis hurt his oblique during an at-bat on June 17. The rookie catcher is hitting .252 with 14 homers and 37 RBI in just 163 at-bats. He's still a couple weeks away and should return not long after the All-Star break.
Brandon Beachy, SP7/7/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Braves righty Brandon Beachy (elbow) will resume his rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Gwinnett.
Insight: Beachy threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Saturday without any problems with his elbow. His return from Tommy John surgery was delayed by inflammation back in mid-June.
Chris Johnson, 3BHot7/7/2013 7:22:00 PM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson hit his sixth homer of the season Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: A mid-June slump had Johnson's average down to .315, but he has gone 18-for-44 (.409) with four doubles and two homers over his last 12 games to get his average back up to .332. Due to his 22.4 percent K rate, Johnson has needed an unsustainable .416 BABIP to reach that .332 batting average, but fantasy owners should keep riding out the good fortune while it lasts.
Brian McCann, CHot7/7/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann is 19-for-32 (.594) during an eight-game hitting streak.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 Sunday and is 22-for-43 (.512) with six doubles, three homers and 11 RBI over his last 11 games. The backstop needs to be owned and active in all leagues.
Brian McCann, CHot7/7/2013 9:04:00 AM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann slashed four hits Saturday in a blowout win over Philadelphia.
Insight: McCann is hitting a ridiculous .571 over his last seven games (16-for-28). During the streak, he's seen his batting average rise from .233 all the way to .293. Make sure he's in your lineup Sunday for the series finale.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/6/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward is 3-for-19 (.158) with five strikeout against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: After a solid series against Arizona (6-for-14), Heyward has stumbled going 2-for-15 against Miami and the first game of the series with the Phillies. Avoid this matchup.
Brian McCann, C7/5/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann was not in Friday's starting lineup for the series opener against Philadelphia, but catcher Gerald Laird was tossed for arguing a strike call and McCann's rest day turns into an abreviated one.
Insight: McCann is on a five-game hitting streak, batting .500 with a pair of home runs over the span. Since returning from the disabled list to start the season, McCann has been a top weapon at his position with 10 homers and 28 RBI in 45 games.
Brian McCann, C7/5/2013 4:58:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is not in Friday's lineup for the series opener against Philadelphia. No injury, just a day off.
Insight: McCann is on a five-game hitting streak, batting .500 with a pair of home runs over the span. Since returning from the disabled list to start the season, McCann has been a top weapon at his position with 10 homers and 28 RBI in 45 games.
Tim Hudson, SP7/5/2013 4:03:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Tim Hudson has had his start pushed back until Saturday, but no reason was given.
Insight: Hudson is 4-7 this season with a 4.22 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. It's possible that Hudson could be dealt to make room for the returning Brandon Beachy, but we await further word.
Jordan Schafer, CF7/4/2013 12:02:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer has a right ankle contusion and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Schafer fouled a ball off his right ankle last Wednesday. The reserve outfielder should be able to return when he's first eligible.
Brian McCann, CHot7/3/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann came into Wednesday's game 19-for-55 with seven homers and 22 RBI against Miami right-hander Ricky Nolasco and went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in the game.
Insight: McCann hit the home run off Nolasco in the fourth inning. He has gone 8-for-16 with three doubles, two homers, six RBI and five runs over his last four games.
Mike Minor, SPCold7/3/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor gave up six hits, walked three and allowed four runs over six innings in a loss to Miami Wednesday.
Insight: Minor did strike out nine, but he allowed a three-run homer to Justin Ruggiano in the top of the fifth with Atlanta leading 2-0. Minor has had trouble with the longball recently, allowing five over his last three starts. He has given up four earned runs in three of his last four outings.
Brandon Beachy, SP7/3/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: Braves righty Brandon Beachy (elbow) threw an extended bullpen session for roughly 10 minutes Wednesday afternoon, according to MLB.com.
Insight: It was longer than the two side sessions Beachy threw over the weekend. "It went well, I felt good," Beachy said. "The plan right now is to see how I feel tomorrow." Beachy is dealing with inflammation in his surgically repaired elbow, which is why his rehab assignment has been on hold since mid-June.
Brian McCann, CHot7/3/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is a career 19-for-55 with seven homers and 22 RBI against Miami right-hander Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: McCann is already swinging a hot bat with seven hits in his last three games and should certainly find a few nice pitches to hit in the extremely favorable matchup. He's a must start on Wednesday.
B.J. Upton, CF7/2/2013 10:13:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton left Tuesday's game against the Marlins after experiencing spasms in his left forearm. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Reed Johnson came on in the third inning to take Upton's place in center field. Upton struck out swinging in his only at bat of the game. He's day-to-day.
Evan Gattis, C7/1/2013 12:55:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (oblique) is hoping to start baseball activities Tuesday, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Gattis hurt his oblique during an at-bat on June 17. The rookie catcher is hitting .252 with 14 homers and 37 RBI this season.
Brandon Beachy, SP6/30/2013 9:28:00 AM
Description: Braves righty Brandon Beachy (elbow) threw a bullpen session Saturday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It was his first session since his setback with elbow inflammation two weeks ago.
Insight: Beachy had some fluid buildup in his elbow near the expected end of his rehab assignment earlier this month, but that has subsided. "I couldn’t extend my arm, but that’s gone," Beachy said. "That feels good. I threw normally without that restriction. Felt good." The Braves will wait to see how Beachy responds to the light bullpen session before deciding on a course of action. If he's OK, he'll need a couple more bullpen sessions before resuming his rehab assignment.
Tim Hudson, SP6/29/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Tim Hudson hasn't won since May 5. He's 4-7 with a 4.22 ERA.
Insight: Hudson had a 2-0 lead going into the fourth and a 4-2 lead going into the sixth Saturday against Arizona, but he gave away both leads. The big blow was a two-run game-tying homer off the bat of A.J. Pollock in the top of the sixth. Saturday's game snapped a string of five straight quality starts for Hudson.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/29/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman came into Saturday's game hitting .152 with 10 strikeouts and zero RBI in his last 10 games, but he finished 1-for-3 with two walks, a homer, two RBI and three runs against Arizona.
Insight: Freeman had raised his average to .327 prior to his recent cold streak. On the bright side, he has walked 13 times in his last 11 games and should break out again soon.
Justin Upton, LF6/29/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton picked up three hits and scored two runs Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Upton ended May on a cold streak and has had a miserable June. Even with three hits Saturday, he's hitting .212 with one homer, eight RBI and 32 strikeouts in his last 28 games.
Brandon Beachy, SP6/25/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Braves righty Brandon Beachy (elbow) played catch Tuesday for the second time in three days and could be ready to throw a bullpen session by the end of the week, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (ajc.com).
Insight: Beachy was set to return two weeks ago, but he developed inflammation in his surgically repaired elbow in what was supposed to be his final rehab start. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Beachy would need at least one rehab start after his bullpen sessions, and probably more. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him back until after the All-Star break.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/25/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hasn't played since Friday due to a sore right hand and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Kansas City.
Insight: Maybe the hand issue is why Upton has struggled recently (.136 AVG in his last seven games).
Justin Upton, LFCold6/24/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hasn't played since Friday due to a sore right hand.
Insight: Maybe the hand issue is why Upton has struggled recently (.136 AVG in his last seven games).
Dan Uggla, 2B6/23/2013 7:46:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla went 2-for-5 with one RBI and three strikeouts Sunday versus Milwaukee. He's 2-for-9 with four K and three walks since being fitted with new contacts.
Insight: Uggla was diagnosed with astigmatism in spring training and decided to get contacts this week. However, fantasy ownerss shouldn't expect them to cure all his woes at the plate.
Brian McCann, CCold6/23/2013 7:44:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann crushed a grand slam Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: McCann went 3-for-4. The backstop was 6-for-43 (.140) with zero RBI and 13 strikeouts over his previous 15 games (12 starts).
Chris Johnson, 3B6/23/2013 7:42:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson hit a solo homer Sunday as part of a 2-for-3 day.
Insight: Johnson has a solid .320 average, but he only has five homers and 22 RBI. He should only be considered in NL-only leagues.
Jordan Schafer, CF6/23/2013 7:37:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer went 4-for-5 with a solo homer, two runs and a steal Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: Schafer has received 115 at-bats as Atlanta's fourth outfielder this season and is batting .313 with three home runs and eight steals.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/23/2013 3:00:00 PM
Description: A sore right hand kept Braves left fielder Justin Upton out of the starting lineup on Sunday.
Insight: Upton (.240, 15 HR, 34 RBI) missed Saturday's game as well. Maybe the hand issue is why Upton has struggled recently (.136 AVG in his last seven games).
Justin Upton, LF6/22/2013 1:55:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is out of the lineup for Saturday's game with Milwaukee.
Insight: No injury, just rest for the outfielder who is batting .205 this month. Fantasy owners are still waiting for him to start hitting as he did in April (.298, 12 HR, 19 RBI), but it may not happen as its now been two months of hitting close to the Mendoza line.
Dan Uggla, 2B6/21/2013 9:11:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla will wear contact lenses for the rest of the season to help with a vision problem and plans to have Lasik surgery in the offseason, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. If he had the surgery during the season, he would need a two-week stint on the disabled list. Uggla returned to the lineup Friday after missing Thursday's game.
Insight: Uggla was diagnosed with astigmatism in spring training and tried contacts then, but didn't see immediate improvement and ditched them. He thinks he has a better prescription this time. Uggla is hitting .189 with 200 strikeouts over his last 551 at-bats dating back to June 6, 2012, so perhaps this will make a difference.
Dan Uggla, 2B6/20/2013 8:49:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is having some vision problems and may have Lasik surgery, according to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Maybe that explains why Uggla is hitting .189 with 200 strikeouts over his last 551 at-bats dating back to June 6, 2012.
Brian McCann, CCold6/20/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is just 1-for-12 (.083) against Mets starter Jonathan Niese with five strikeouts.
Insight: After a hit start coming off the disabled list, McCann's numbers are dropping quickly. He's batting just .172 over the past 11 games without a home run. With Evan Gattis placed on the DL Tuesday with an oblique injury, Gerald Laird might get a rare start. Latest update - McCann is not in the starting lineup.
Brian McCann, CCold6/20/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is just 1-for-12 (.083) against Mets starter Jonathan Niese with five strikeouts.
Insight: After a hit start coming off the disabled list, McCann's numbers are dropping quickly. He's batting just .172 over the past 11 games without a home run. With Evan Gattis placed on the DL Tuesday with an oblique injury, Gerald Laird might get a rare start.
Jason Heyward, RFHot6/20/2013 11:00:00 AM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward is 8-for-20 (.400) with a pair of long balls and eight RBI versus Mets starter Jonathan Niese.
Insight: After an ugly April and May, Heyward is batting .314 in June with an .868 OPS. He's finally starting to pay off for fantasy owners who endured his slump and appendectomy. Thursday could be a nice payday.
Jason Heyward, RF6/19/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward played both games of the Braves' doubleheader Tuesday, going 2-for-9. He appeared to be coming around at the plate but has gone 5-for-24 (.208) over his last six games. He's also 1-for-12 with seven strikeouts in his career against Wednesday's starter Shaun Marcum.
B.J. Upton, CF6/18/2013 12:41:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is sitting out the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets.
Insight: Upton will avoid Matt Harvey in Game 1. The outfielder still is hitting just .165 with a .571 OPS this season.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/18/2013 12:40:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets.
Insight: Upton is batting just .194 with one home run, four RBI and 38 strikeouts in 103 at-bats over his last 26 games. He'll likely be back in there for Game 2.
Evan Gattis, C6/18/2013 12:27:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: Gattis hurt his oblique in his final at-bat Monday night. Gattis has been a major surprise this season, hitting 14 homers, four of them as a pinch-hitter, with five tie-breaking blasts.
Brian McCann, C6/18/2013 12:26:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets.
Insight: We expect McCann to be behind the plate for the second game. Evan Gattis was placed on the DL Tuesday with an oblique injury, so Gerald Laird will start Game 1.
Tim Hudson, SPHot6/18/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Tim Hudson gave up one run on six hits over seven innings Monday against the Mets.
Insight: He took a no decision. The right-hander has thrown at least seven innings in each of his last four starts and has a 1.57 ERA in that span but hasn't won since May 5. He's 4-6 with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot6/18/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman picked up three hits, including a two-run walk-off homer, Monday against the Mets.
Insight: Freeman is 6-for-8 over his last two games and is batting .327 with 48 RBI and an .872 OPS this season. His power hasn't developed as expected yet, but it's hard to complain about his production.
Brian McCann, C6/17/2013 3:35:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann will not start on Monday against the Mets and Dillon Gee.
Insight: McCann is just 3-for-16 (.188) against Gee. Evan Gattis will get a start behind the plate. Gattis is batting .256 with 14 homers in just 160 at-bats and is a viable fantasy option.
Jason Heyward, RFHot6/17/2013 10:18:00 AM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward is a .467 hitter (7-for-15) against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Heyward has actually started to hit the ball, going nine for his last 28 (.321) to raise his average to .213. He's become a viable fantasy option again.
Brian McCann, C6/16/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is 10-for-30 with four doubles, one homer and three walks versus Giants starter Tim Lincecum.
Insight: McCann is hitting .185 with zero homers and nine strikeouts since June 4, but he should be in all lineups Sunday.
Dan Uggla, 2B6/16/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has gone 0-for-13 with six K against Giants starter Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Lincecum is no longer the dominating presence that won back-to-back Cy Young Awards, but it will still be tough to justify playing Uggla Sunday. The second baseman is batting .188 with 86 strikeouts this season.
Brandon Beachy, SP6/15/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: Braves righty Brandon Beachy's MRI revealed no structural damage in his right elbow, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Insight: Beachy was supposed to start Tuesday against the Mets for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, but he was scratched due to elbow tenderness. The Braves can afford to be careful with Beachy with Kris Medlen and Julio Teheran pitching well.
B.J. Upton, CF6/15/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder B.J. Upton hit a pair of longballs Saturday against the Giants.
Insight: We'd like to say Upton is breaking out of his season-long slump, but the outfielder came in hitting .170 (8-for-47) with 19 K over his previous 16 games.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/15/2013 10:16:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is 1-for-11 (.091) against Giants starter Chad Gaudin.
Insight: After a huge April (.298, 12 HR, 19 RBI) Upton has fallen into a funk. His brother isn't much better against Gaudin batting 2-for-17 (.118). It must be in the genes.
Dan Uggla, 2B6/15/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is 4-for-12 (.333) with a pair of homers and just two strikeouts against San francisco starter Chad Gaudin.
Insight: Any time Uggla has as many home runs as strikeouts it's a good matchup. Uggla hit only 19 homers in 154 games last year. The good news is that the power is back (13 HR), but the bad news is that he is batting .190 with 86 strikeouts in 210 at-bats. This is a good matchup.
Brandon Beachy, SP6/14/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Braves righty Brandon Beachy won't make his season debut Tuesday as originally planned. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Beachy is being held out because of "elbow tenderness." It's only a minor setback and he should be ready to return later in the month. Beachy hasn't pitched in the big leagues since June of 2012.
Brandon Beachy, SP6/14/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Brandon Beachy, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, is scheduled to return to the Braves rotation on June 18 against the Mets.
Insight: Beachy went 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 141 2/3 innings in 2011 and was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP at the time of his injury last year, so he's worth stashing on the DL. The Braves will have a tough decision as they have six quality starters.
Dan Uggla, 2B6/14/2013 10:45:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is 1-for-16 (.063) against San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: He homered in two straight games versus the Dodgers, but added just two singles in a three-game set with San Diego. Uggla hit only 19 homers in 154 games last year. The good news is that the power is back (13 HR), but the bad news is that he is batting .193 with 84 strikeouts in 207 at-bats.
Justin Upton, LF6/14/2013 10:40:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is 9-for-17 (.529) against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner with a home run and a 1.384 OPS.
Insight: After a huge April (.298, 12 HR, 19 RBI) Upton has fallen into a funk batting .205 with just one home run over his last 22 games. He did go 5-for-13 in the most recent series with San Diego, so perhaps he's ready to come out of it. Start him.
Brian McCann, C6/12/2013 2:38:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup against the Padres. Evan Gattis will start behind the plate.
Insight: The Braves will get Evan Gattis a start behind the plate. McCann is batting .255 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 28 games since returning from the disabled list. Gattis has been a great source of power with 14 in 156 at-bats.
Justin Upton, LF6/12/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is 7-for-12 (.583) against Padres starter Edinson Volquez.
Insight: After a huge April (.298, 12 HR, 19 RBI), May and June were disappointing for Upton's fantasy owners. They hope he finds his swing soon, or they will be lamenting the trades they could have made while he was swinging a hot bat. This matchup is a good one and he needs it to get him going again.
Kris Medlen, SP6/11/2013 2:00:00 PM
Description: Righthander Kris Medlen has not been producing like he did last season and the Braves may be considering sending him to the bullpen when Brandon Beachy (on rehab) is ready to return to the rotation.
Insight: Medlen has a respectable 2.87 ERA, but nothing compared to last season when he went 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 0.913 WHIP. Medlen's fantasy value would be almost non-existent in the Braves bullpen.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/11/2013 12:10:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is hitless in eight career at-bats versus Andrew Cashner.
Insight: After a huge April (.298, 12 HR, 19 RBI), May and June were disappointing for Upton's fantasy owners. They hope he finds his swing soon, or they will be lamenting the trades they could have made while he was swinging a hot bat. this matchup doesn't figure to get him started and should be avoided.
Mike Minor, SPHot6/9/2013 8:15:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor allowed one earned run on six hits in six innings Sunday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Minor is 8-2 with a 2.44 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP in 84 2/3 innings this season after going 7-4 with a 2.21 ERA in his final 93 2/3 innings last year. That's nearly a full season of dominance.
Dan Uggla, 2B6/9/2013 8:10:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla socked a pair of homers and drove in four runs Sunday against the Dodgers.
Insight: He has homered in two straight games. Uggla hit just 19 homers in 154 games last year. The good news is that the power is back (13 HRs), but the bad news is that he is batting .193.
Brian McCann, C6/7/2013 6:17:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is not in Friday's starting lineup against the Dodgers.
Insight: The Braves will get Evan Gattis a start behind the plate. McCann is batting .268 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 24 games since returning from the disabled list.
Julio Teheran, SPHot6/5/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with eight scoreless one-hit innings and 11 strikeouts Wednesday against the Pirates.
Insight: After a strong spring, Teheran posted a 7.31 ERA over his first three starts, but is 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over his last eight. The former top prospect has entered the race for the National League Rookie of the Year.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/5/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup against the Pirates.
Insight: After a huge April (.298, 12 HR, 19 RBI), May was disappointed Upton's fantasy owners (.211, 2 HR, 10 RBI). Owners hope he finds his swing soon, or they will be lamenting the trades they could have made while he was swinging a hot bat.
Brian McCann, C6/5/2013 11:06:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is hitless in 10 career at-bats against Pittsburgh lefty Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: McCann has already hit seven homers in 23 games since returning from the disabled list, and a solid .921 OPS, but this poor matchup could be a good excuse to get backup Evan Gattis into the lineup. Latest update - McCann is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday.
Brian McCann, C6/5/2013 10:33:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is hitless in 10 career at-bats against Pittsburgh lefty Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: McCann has already hit seven homers in 23 games since returning from the disabled list, and a solid .921 OPS, but this poor matchup could be a good excuse to get backup Evan Gattis into the lineup.
Jason Heyward, RF6/5/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward is a .455 hitter (5-for-11) against Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: Heyward has struggling mightily with the bat (.165), but does has two hits in each of the first two games of the series with Pittsburgh. This could finally be Heyward breaking out.
Alex Wood, RP6/4/2013 2:38:00 PM
Description: The Braves brought up Alex Wood who had been mowing down Southern League batters this season. He was 4-2 with a 1.26 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and yielded one earned run or less in seven of 10 starts.
Insight: Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Wood will be put in the Braves bullpen because of their injuries and well-stocked starting rotation. He won't have much fantasy value until he gets in the Braves or some other team's rotation.
Kris Medlen, SP6/3/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Righthander Kris Medlen limited the Pirates to just one run on seven hits Monday in in 7-2 Atlanta victory.
Insight: The one run Medlen allowed was unearned. Monday's win was Medlen's first since April 9th against the Marlins. Despite his 2-6 record, Medlen still has one of the lowest ERAs on the Braves' pitching staff (3.14 in 71 2/3 innings).
Evan Gattis, C6/3/2013 4:12:00 PM
Description: Braves C Evan Gattis is not in Monday's starting lineup after going 0-for-8 in the weekend series with Washington.
Insight: Gattis has been a great find early in the season with Brian McCann sidelined(.269, 12 HR, 32 RBI), but with McCann back Gattis will have to keep hitting for manager Freddy Gonzalez to keep finding inventive ways to get him in the lineup.
B.J. Upton, CFCold6/3/2013 10:50:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is 9-for-44 (.205) with 17 strikeouts against Pitssburgh starter A.J. Burnett. He does have eight stolen bases against Burnett if he can somehow get on base.
Insight: Upton's season has been a colossal disappointment in almost every area, but he may have saved himself a trip to the minors with the game-winning hit on Saturday and a home run on Sunday.
Dan Uggla, 2BCold6/1/2013 10:28:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has had 17 plate appearances against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez and 12 of them have ended up with him walking to first (seven times) or the dugout (five).
Insight: The second-base version of Adam Dunn has just one hit in the five balls he put in play. Uggla is batting .182 with 10 homers and 68 strikeouts in 170 at-bats this season. Those are tough numbers to overcome.
Andrelton Simmons, SSHot6/1/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is 4-for-9 with a pair of home runs against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Simmons (.249, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 25 runs) has batted .302 over the past two weeks (10 games) and should like this matchup as should fantasy owners.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/31/2013 9:32:00 PM
Description: The Braves haven't ruled out the possibility of sending B.J. Upton to the minor leagues. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Upton's season has been a colossal disappointment in every way. With no hits in his last ten at bats, Upton (.146, 4 HR, 8 RBI) is close to hitting rock bottom.
Jason Heyward, RF5/31/2013 4:23:00 PM
Description: Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward is a .455 hitter (5-for-11) against Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: Heyward has struggling mightily with the bat (.165), but does has two hits in each of the first two games of the series with Pittsburgh. This could finally be Heyward breaking out.
Evan Gattis, CHot5/31/2013 4:20:00 PM
Description: Braves C Evan Gattis gets a start in left field with Jason Heyward and Justin Upton making up the Atlanta outfield. B.J. Upton will sit once again.
Insight: Gattis didn't figure to keep getting work when Brian McCann returned to the lineup, but a manager will find ways to keep a bat in the lineup when he's hitting a home run every 11 at-bats. This will be his ninth start in the outfield and depending on your league's rules could soon be eligible at that position.
Justin Upton, LFCold5/31/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is a career .091 hitter (1-for-11) against Washington starter Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: After a huge April (.298, 12 HR, 19 RBI), May has disappointed Upton's fantasy owners (.220, 2 HR, 10 RBI) and this matchup doesn'y figure to help right the ship.
Brian McCann, C5/31/2013 11:01:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is a career .400 hitter (6-for-15) against Nationals' ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: McCann is hitting .267 with six homers, 14 RBI and a .931 OPS in just 60 at-bats since returning from his shoulder injury.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/31/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is a career .478 hitter (11-for-23) with a pair of home runs and eight RBI against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: The second-base version of Adam Dunn is batting .186 with 10 homers and 66 strikeouts in 167 at-bats. Those are tough numbers to overcome even with this favorable matchup.
Juan Francisco, 3B5/30/2013 3:27:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Juan Francisco has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Francisco was hitting .316 on April 24, but all the strikeouts caught up to him. He went 8-for-51 (.157) with one homer and 25 strikeouts over his last 19 games. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson is batting .346 this season.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/30/2013 11:20:00 AM
Description: Braves 2B Dan Uggla has been bewildered by Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Uggla is 1-for-26 (.038) against Dickey. Even though the one hit was a homer, Uggla shouldn't be in any lineups Thursday. In fact, if you are starting the second baseman on a daily basis, you probably aren't doing well; he's batting .186.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/30/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has crushed Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey for nine hits in 18 at-bats.
Insight: Four of those hits were doubles, and one was a homer. With Dickey on the mound Thursday against Atlanta and Freeman swinging a hot stick, make sure the first baseman is active.
Kris Medlen, SP5/29/2013 8:33:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Kris Medlen left Wednesday's outing with a left calf contusion after being hit with a comebacker, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Medlen brought a 1-5 record into Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays despite carrying a 3.16 ERA. He'll probably be OK for his next start.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/29/2013 5:19:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays after getting Monday and Tuesday off to work on his swing.
Insight: Upton has been a disaster this season, posting a .148 batting average with 60 strikeouts in 155 at-bats. The only Upton you want in a fantasy lineup is brother Justin.
Brandon Beachy, SP5/29/2013 5:04:00 PM
Description: Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, is scheduled for three more minor league rehab starts and if all goes well he will return to the rotation on June 18 against the Mets.
Insight: Beachy went 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 141 2/3 innings in 2011 and was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP at the time of his injury last year, so he's worth stashing on the DL. The Braves will have a tough decision to make with Kris Medlen, Paul Maholm, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran holding ERAs under 4.00 and Tim Hudson in no danger of being moved to the bullpen despite a 5.37 ERA.
Justin Upton, LF5/29/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is a career .556 hitter (5-for-9) against Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers.
Insight: Upton got the day off on Tuesday and should be well rested. He has surpassed all expectations by batting .267 with 14 HR and 29 RBI through the first 49 games, but is batting just .205 over the past two weeks. This matchup and the rest day should get him going again.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/28/2013 9:25:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is batting .362 with 11 RBI over his last 12 games.
Insight: Freeman went 3-for-5 Tuesday against the Blue Jays. He only has three homers this season, but is batting .304 with 31 RBI.
Jordan Schafer, CF5/28/2013 9:23:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer hit his second homer of the season Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Schafer has been getting into the lineup more often due to B.J. Upton's struggles. He's hitting .299 in 77 at-bats with six steals.
Brian McCann, C5/28/2013 9:17:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann went 2-for-5 with a pair of solo homers Tuesday afternoon at Toronto.
Insight: With McCann at DH in the American League park, manager Fredi Gonzalez was able to get McCann, Evan Gattis, Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward in the lineup. McCann is hitting .281 with six homers and 14 RBI in just 57 at-bats since returning from his shoulder injury.
Evan Gattis, CHot5/28/2013 2:25:00 PM
Description: Braves C/OF Evan Gattis hit another home run on Tuesday afternoon, his second game in a row and 12th of the season in just 132 at-bats.
Insight: Gattis didn't figure to keep getting work when Brian McCann returned to the lineup, but a manager will find ways to keep a bat in the lineup when he's hitting a home run every 11 at-bats. He should already be on fantasy rosters, but if not, you should pick him up immediately.
Justin Upton, LF5/28/2013 12:32:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto.
Insight: Upton has surpassed all expectations by batting .267 with 14 HR and 29 RBI through the first 49 games, but is batting just .205 over the past two weeks. It's just his second day off this season.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/28/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is a career .167 hitter (4-for-24) against Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow with 12 strikeouts.
Insight: Upton has been a disaster this season posting a .148 batting average with 60 strikeouts in 155 at-bats. The only Upton you want in a fantasy lineup is brother Justin.
Mike Minor, SPHot5/26/2013 9:49:00 AM
Description: Atlanta lefthander Mike Minor cruised to his sixth win Saturday against New York (7 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K's).
Insight: He's 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA in his last four starts. Minor's 0.93 WHIP through 10 starts is the fourth-lowest in the National League.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/25/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Freeman is having a solid season, batting .290 with 28 RBI, but hasn't hit Gee very well and should not be started.
Jason Heyward, RF5/25/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward is 6-for-12 with five walks against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Heyward has struggling mightily with the bat (.167), but is hitting .269 in the seven games since he returned from an appendectomy.
Paul Maholm, SP5/22/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Paul Maholm allowed one unearned run on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Twins to run his record to 6-4.
Insight: Maholm has a 5.05 ERA over 41 innings since starting out 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his first three starts.
Evan Gattis, C5/22/2013 9:17:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis hit a grand slam Wednesday against the Twins.
Insight: Gattis hadn't started since May 14, but he hit two pinch-hit homers in the last three games prior to Wednesday. He has 10 homers and 27 RBI, and the Braves are going to have to find a way to get his bat in the lineup more often.
Jason Heyward, RFHot5/22/2013 4:30:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward added a second consecutive two-hit game in the series finale with Minnesota on Wednesday and is batting .304 since returning from appendectomy surgery six games ago.
Insight: When we last left Heyward he was struggling mightily with the bat (.121, 2 HR, 5 RBI in 17 games). It's time to make sure he's back in your lineup.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/22/2013 12:07:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Simmons (.236, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 23 runs) had a four-game hitting streak end on Tuesday night.
Brian McCann, C5/22/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Minnesota.
Insight: Typical rest for a catcher after a night game. McCann is batting .282 with four homers and 12 RBI in 12 games this season.
Justin Upton, LF5/22/2013 12:01:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton will get his first day off this season on Wednesday.
Insight: Upton has surpassed all expectations by batting .273 with 14 HR and 28 RBI through the first 45 games. He hit 17 home runs last season in 150 games. He's earned a day of rest.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/22/2013 10:06:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is career .444 hitter against Minnesota hurler Vance Worley with a pair of home runs and a 1.694 OPS.
Insight: Uggla has eight home runs, including one on Monday, and 57 strikeouts in 41 games, but then you knew what you were getting when you drafted him - the second base version of Adam Dunn. Start him in this favorable matchup and hope he hits a home run to go along with a couple of strikeouts.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/21/2013 10:37:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is career .406 hitter against Minnesota hurler Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: Uggla has eight home runs, including one on Monday, and 55 strikeouts in 40 games, but then you knew what you were getting when you drafted him - the second base version of Adam Dunn. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Brian McCann, C5/21/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is a career .462 hitter (18-for-39) with a pair of home runs and a 1.354 OPS against Minnesota right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: Despite the lack of any spring training work, McCann has posted solid power numbers in his first 11 games - 3 HR, .835 OPS. Make sure he's in your lineup for this favorable matchup.
Julio Teheran, SPHot5/20/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Julio Teheran limited the Twins to just five hits and one run over 8 1/3 innings Monday in a 5-1 Braves victory.
Insight: He's 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA in his last five starts. Teheran's next outing is scheduled for Sunday against the Mets.
Eric O'Flaherty, RP5/20/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: Atlanta lefthander Eric O'Flaherty will go under the knife Tuesday for Tommy John surgery. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: O'Flaherty was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow over the weekend. He went 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 19 appearances before the injury.
Kris Medlen, SP5/18/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Kris Medlen limited the Dodgers to two hits and one unearned run Saturday in a no decision against the Dodgers.
Insight: Medlen (1-5) hasn't been as sharp as he was last year, when he went 10-1 and had a 1.57 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 120/23 K/BB in 138 innings. He has a 3.02 ERA in 56 2/3 innings, but he has allowed 53 hits, walked 22 and struck out 38.
Eric O'Flaherty, RP5/18/2013 6:02:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty's MRI revealed a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
Insight: Atlanta had a dynamic bullpen in 2011 with Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty posting a combined 1.66 ERA in 238 2/3 innings, but two of those guys have gone down with torn UCLs. Venters just had Tommy John surgery this week, and O'Flaherty will follow.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/18/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is a .182 hitter (4-for-22) against Los Angeles starter Chris Capuano with 13 strikeouts.
Insight: Uggla has seven home runs, but 53 strikeouts in 37 games. The single season strikeout record is 223 set by Mark Reynolds in 2009 and Uggla is on a pace to get close to this unwanted record. Avoid this matchup.
Justin Upton, LFHot5/18/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is a career .357 hitter versus Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano with three extra base hits and a 1.186 OPS.
Insight: Upton started the season with a bang, suffered through a two week lull, but has started to pound the ball again. He's posted a 1.200 OPS over the past five games including a grand slam last night. This is a favorable matchup.
Jordan Walden, RP5/17/2013 7:08:00 PM
Description: Atlanta relief pitcher Jordan Walden has been moved to the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Walden has inflammation in his right shoulder. He hasn't recorded a save yet in 2013. Even when Walden is healthy, there's no reason to own him in fantasy.
Jason Heyward, RF5/17/2013 3:50:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward has been activated in time for Friday's game with the Dodgers.
Insight: When we last left Heyward he was struggling mightily with the bat (.121, 2 HR, 5 RBI in 17 games). Hopefully, he will find his swing quickly as he has as much talent as any outfielder.
Jonny Venters, RP5/16/2013 2:46:00 PM
Description: According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Braves reliever Jonny Venters underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday for the second time in eight years.
Insight: In retrospect, throwing Venters for 83 innings in 2010 and 88 innings in 2011 may not have been the best idea. He has dealt with elbow trouble since last season.
Tim Hudson, SPCold5/15/2013 7:40:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Tim Hudson has allowed 16 hits and 11 earned runs over 8 2/3 innings his last two starts.
Insight: Hudson has been terrible with men on base this season, serving up line drives over a 22 percent rate and stranding just 64.9 percent. He also has allowed six homers in 51 innings. The right-hander has stranded runners at a 73.8 percent rate and allowed 0.71 HR/9 in his career, so this is out of the ordinary.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/15/2013 7:35:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had three hits, a walk and three RBI Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Freeman doubled twice, but he still has just nine extra-base hits in 27 games.
Brandon Beachy, SP5/15/2013 5:46:00 PM
Description: Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, will make his first rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Gwinnett, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: If all goes well for Beachy, he'll be back in late-June. He went 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 141 2/3 innings in 2011 and was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP at the time of his injury last year, so he's worth stashing on the DL.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/14/2013 8:32:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is not in the starting lineup Tuesday due to a bruised left shoulder. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Upton was hit in the left shoulder by a pitch Monday and had to leave the game. However, his shoulder was not as sore Tuesday as he anticipated and he should be back in the lineup Wednesday.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/14/2013 12:22:00 AM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton left Monday night's game with Arizona after being hit with a pitch by starter Wade Miley.
Insight: The injury appears to be a left shoulder contusion. While brother Justin Upton has been a fantasy stud this season, B.J. has struggled batting .153 heading into tonight's action. Jordan Schafer will likely get Upton's at-bats until he is ready to return and could end up sharing time in center.
Jason Heyward, RF5/13/2013 8:42:00 PM
Description: Updating a previous report, Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward probably won't return to the big leagues until Friday. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He's still trying to find his swing down in Triple-A. Heyward hit the DL in late April after an appendectomy.
Jonny Venters, RP5/13/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Atlanta lefthander Jonny Venters is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Thursday. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Venters is on the fence about Tommy John surgery and the decision will probably be made Thursday after his visit with Andrews. Even if he chooses not to have surgery, Venters isn't anywhere close to a return.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/13/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Braves 3B Chris Johnson left Saturday's game against San Francisco with a bruised right knee and didn't play on Sunday.
Insight: After a quick start (he was batting .438 as of April 18), Johnson has stumbled of late and is batting just .077 over the past 14 days (eight games). At this point fantasy owners should look elsewhere for third base help.
Jason Heyward, RF5/13/2013 10:10:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward (appendectomy) played three games at Gwinett and is expected to be activated for Monday against Arizona.
Insight: Heyward underwent an emergency appendectomy on April 22. he was off to a disappointing start, batting .121 through the first 17 games.
Dan Uggla, 2BCold5/12/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is hitless in 10 at-bats over his career against San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum with six strikeouts.
Insight: Uggla has seven home runs, but 49 strikeouts in 34 games which means he's on pace for 31 homers and 221 strikeouts. The single season strikeout record is 223 set by Mark Reynolds in 2009.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/12/2013 9:19:00 AM
Description: Braves 3B Chris Johnson left Saturday's game against San Francisco with a bruised right knee and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants.
Insight: After a quick start (he was batting .438 as of April 18), Johnson has stumbled of late and is batting just .077 over the past 14 days (eight games).
Brian McCann, C5/11/2013 1:38:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus the San Francisco Giants.
Insight: Despite the lack of any spring training work, McCann is off to a hot start, batting .308 with a home run and five RBI in his first three games. He'll likely get a day or two rest each week until he builds up his stamina.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/11/2013 9:57:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is 1-for-13 over his career against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Uggla has seven home runs, but 45 strikeouts in 116 at-bats which means he's on pace for 34 homers and 222 strikeouts.
Jonny Venters, RP5/10/2013 8:48:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Friday, one day after having to cancel his session due to soreness in his elbow. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Thursday was Venters' first time on the mound since having a platelet-rich plasma injection in April. He admitted Friday that he is still sore, but said the ball came out of his hand great. He'll be reevaluated Saturday.
Justin Upton, LF5/10/2013 9:52:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is a career .571 hitter versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner with a 1.524 OPS.
Insight: Upton started the season with a bang, but hasn't hit a home run in two weeks. Despite that, he still leads the NL in homers, total bases and runs scored. This is a favorable matchup.
Jonny Venters, RP5/9/2013 9:25:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters had to shut it down halfway through his scheduled 15- to 20-pitch bullpen session Thursday due to soreness in his elbow. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Obviously, that's a terrible sign. It was Venters' first time on the mound since having a platelet-rich plasma injection in April.
Brandon Beachy, SP5/9/2013 9:19:00 PM
Description: Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, could begin his minor league rehab assignment next Wednesday or Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Insight: If all goes well for Beachy, he'll be back in mid-June. He went 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 141 2/3 innings in 2011 and was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP at the time of his injury last year, so he's worth stashing on the DL.
Jason Heyward, RFCold5/9/2013 8:23:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward (appendectomy) could be activated Monday against Arizona, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Heyward underwent an emergency appendectomy on April 22. He'll spend the weekend with Triple-A Gwinnett but he's getting close to a return.
Andrelton Simmons, SSHot5/8/2013 9:14:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons cranked four hits Wednesday against Cincinnati.
Insight: That gives Simmons (.276, 4 HR, 15 RBI) ten hits in his last four games. His batting average has gone up by 52 points over that span.
Juan Francisco, 3B5/8/2013 9:06:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Juan Francisco belted an eighth inning grand slam Wednesday in a victory over the Reds.
Insight: It was his only hit of the game. Francisco has amassed a .493 slugging percentage this season, which is the second-highest of his career.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/8/2013 8:59:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla corked two homers Wednesday against Cincinnati.
Insight: That gives Uggla seven jacks for the season. He's on pace for his sixth career 30 HR season.
Jason Heyward, RF5/8/2013 2:09:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward will begin his rehab assignment on Thursday with Gwinnett, according to the team's website. He is recovering from an emergency appendectomy.
Insight: A return to the big club could happen sometime next week if there are no setbacks. Perhaps while down at Triple-A, in addition to getting healthy, hopefully he finds his swing. Before the illness, he was batting .121 with an ugly .519 OPS.
Justin Upton, LF5/8/2013 1:42:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton was given his first day off this season after playing in Atlanta's first 32 games.
Insight: Upton has been a fantasy stud, batting .278 with a league-leading 12 homers, 21 RBI and a 1.019 OPS. Brother B.J. Upton also has the afternoon off.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/8/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Braves 3B Chris Johnson sat out Tuesday to avoid a bad matchup, but should be back at the hot corner against Cincinnati starter Mike Leake as he owns a 1.119 OPS with a pair of home runs against the Reds' right-hander.
Insight: Johnson's average is coming back to reality after an extremely hot start (he was batting .438 as of April 18). He's currently hitting .323, but is hitless in his last 12 at-bats which should temper your excitement.
Chris Johnson, 3BCold5/7/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Braves 3B Chris Johnson is hitless in nine at-bats versus Reds starter Homer Bailey including five strikeouts.
Insight: Johnson's average is coming back to reality after an extremely hot start (he was batting .438 as of April 18). He's currently hitting .323, but is hitless in his last 12 at-bats. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Andrelton Simmons, SSHot5/6/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons had a big night Monday against Cincinnati.
Insight: Simmons went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI. He's now smashed five hits in his last two contests after recording just one in his previous three.
Evan Gattis, C5/6/2013 9:27:00 PM
Description: Evan Gattis got the start in left field Monday night against the Reds.
Insight: Gattis (.263, 7 HR, 19 RBI) had never played outfield at the major league level until tonight. Brian McCann's return has complicated things a bit for Gattis but he still has a chance to be an everyday player while Jason Heyward is out.
Brian McCann, C5/6/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann, who has been activated from the disabled list, is coming back just in time for an extremely favorable matchup with Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. He's a career .500 hitter (9-for-18) with four home runs and a 1.792 OPS.
Insight: Despite the lack of any spring training work, McCann should be given a shot in all fantasy lineups on Monday. He had shoulder surgery in the offseason after playing through an injury all year and struggling at the plate. He's always been one of the top hitting catchers in fantasy, though he may split time with Evan Gattis this year.
Brian McCann, C5/6/2013 9:29:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann has been activated from the disabled list and will be available for Monday's game with Cincinnati.
Insight: McCann had shoulder surgery in the offseason after playing through an injury all year and struggling at the plate. Although he's always been one of the top hitting catchers in fantasy, the presence of Evan Gattis (7 HR, 18 RBI) may take some value away from McCann this season.
Juan Francisco, 3B5/5/2013 12:30:00 PM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Juan Francisco (ankle) is not ready to return to the lineup, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Francisco is dealing with a mild right ankle sprain and is day-to-day. However, he felt better Sunday and could return to the lineup early this week.
Juan Francisco, 3B5/4/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Juan Francisco injured his ankle Friday against the Mets and is doubtful for Saturday's game.
Insight: It looked a lot worse than the diagnosis which is a mild sprain and day-to-day status. Chris Johnson should get most of the playing time (.352, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .874 OPS) and could be a solid fantasy option.
Juan Francisco, 3B5/3/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Juan Francisco injured his ankle Friday against the Mets. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN
Insight: Ramiro Pena has come on to take his place. Francisco swatted an RBI single before leaving the game.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/3/2013 10:02:00 AM
Description: Braves 1B/3B Chris Johnson has picked up just one hit in 12 at-bats against Mets starter Shaun Marcum, who will be on the hill Friday.
Insight: That includes five strikeouts. Johnson's average is slowly coming back to reality after a hot start. He's hitting .352 but has been extremely fortunate with a .446 BABIP.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/2/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is 0-for-11 over his last four games and 1-for-22 over his last seven.
Insight: Upton's whole season really has been one long slump, but it seems to be getting worse. His average sunk to .134 Thursday, and we're three at-bats away from a 100 at-bat sample size.
Kris Medlen, SP5/2/2013 9:50:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Kris Medlen allowed seven hits and three runs and walked three in seven innings Thursday versus Washington.
Insight: Medlen (1-4. 3.38 ERA) took the tough-luck loss, but he did strike out eight batters after posting a K/9 of 5.34 in his first five starts.
Jason Heyward, RF5/2/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward's recovery from an emergency appendectomy is going better than he expected and he is hoping to return sooner than late-May. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Heyward is planning to take dry swings Saturday, two days ahead of when he initially planned to start doing baseball activities. On April 29, Heyward said he was hoping to be back by late-May, but he expects to return sooner now. "I hope I don’t have to wait that long," Heyward said. "I’d be disappointed if I had to be out that long."
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/30/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons scored three runs and hit a homer as part of a 3-for-5 night against the Nationals Tuesday.
Insight: Simmons has just six multi-hit games in 24 games this season. He's hitting .241 with 14 runs.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/30/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 with three RBI Tuesday versus Washington.
Insight: Freeman came in 5-for-25 (.200) with two RBI in seven games since returning from a strained oblique, but he raised his season average to .319 Tuesday.
Tim Hudson, SP4/30/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Tim Hudson dominated the Nationals over seven innings Tuesday, allowing three hits and one run, walking two and striking out six to move to 3-1.
Insight: Hudson improved to 16-5 with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in his career against the Nationals (28 starts). He has a 3.86 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP this season, and four of his six turns were quality starts.
Brian McCann, C4/30/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann is looking to return to the big league club on May 6 against the Reds, according to MLB.com. McCann started his minor league rehab assignment Friday.
Insight: McCann had shoulder surgery in the offseason after playing through an injury all season and struggling at the plate. He is scheduled to play one more game with Class-A Rome on Wednesday and then will play at least four games for Triple-A Gwinnett starting Thursday. He'll need to prove he can handle catching duties on consecutive days before he is recalled.
Julio Teheran, SP4/29/2013 10:22:00 PM
Description: Braves righty Julio Teheran allowed only two runs Monday against Washington, but he gave up 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Insight: Teheran has given up three earned over his last 12 1/3 innings despite allowing 18 hits in that span. While those are better results than his first three starts, they're just not good enough to convince fantasy owners to hold onto him. Through five starts, he has a 5.08 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP and has struck out 20 batters in 28 1/3 innings.
Jason Heyward, RF4/29/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is still without a timetable, but he's hoping to rejoin the team no later than the end of May. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Heyward underwent an appendectomy last Monday, and said he's not going to risk rushing back to the lineup.
Justin Upton, LF4/29/2013 1:33:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is hitless in eight at-bats versus Nationals flame thrower Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Upton is the No. 1 hitter in fantasy, batting .307 with a league-leading 12 homers, 18 RBI and a 1.171 OPS. Unfortunately, it seems that Strasburg has his number. No sane fantasy owners should take Upton out of their lineup, just don't expect much production on Monday.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/29/2013 1:32:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is a career .450 hitter (9-for-20) with a pair of home runs and eight RBI against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: The second-base version of Adam Dunn has seen his batting average drop to .160 with four homers, 12 base on balls and 31 strikeouts in 75 at-bats. Those are tough numbers to overcome even with a favorable matchup.
Brian McCann, C4/26/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Brian McCann will begin his minor league rehab assignment Friday at Single-A Rome but he's still about two weeks away from seeing a big league at bat. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: McCann had shoulder surgery in the offseason and though his recovery is going well, the Braves aren't taking any chances with their franchise catcher. If the two-week timetable is accurate, McCann could be back for the beginning of Atlanta's series against the Giants on May 9th.
Brian McCann, C4/26/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Brian McCann's shoulder/wrist injury will begin a rehab assignment on Friday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Insight: The six-time All-Star catcher is coming off his worst season -- .230, 20 homers, 67 RBIs, .698 OPS. Fantasy owners who have stayed patient should ultimately be rewarded.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/26/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is a career .400 hitter with a pair of home runs and six RBI against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: The second-base version of Adam Dunn is batting .185 with four homers with 12 base on balls and 24 strikeouts in 65 at-bats. Those are tough numbers to overcome even with a favorable matchup.
Julio Teheran, SP4/25/2013 2:28:00 PM
Description: Braves righty Julio Teheran had his best start of the season Tuesday at Colorado, going seven innings and allowing eight hits and one run. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter to pick up his first win of the season.
Insight: Teheran's strong spring didn't carry over to his first three starts -- he allowed 21 hits and 13 earned runs and walked seven batters in 16 innings -- but he is worth holding onto for a few more starts after Tuesday's effort.
Craig Kimbrel, RP4/24/2013 7:31:00 PM
Description: Atlanta flamethrower Craig Kimbrel blew his first save of the 2013 campaign Wednesday in a loss at Colorado.
Insight: Take it easy, fantasy owners. Before Wednesday, Kimbrel hadn't given up a run all season. He still leads the majors in saves (eight) and we wouldn't expect too many more bumps in the road like this going forward.
Andrelton Simmons, SS4/24/2013 12:48:00 PM
Description: Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Colorado. Just a rest day for a guy who played both ends of yesterday's doubleheader in 25 degree weather.
Insight: Simmons is batting just .212. The 23-year-old started off as the leadoff hitter but he was moved to seventh in the fifth game of the season and will likely stay in the bottom half of the Braves potent lineup.
Evan Gattis, CHot4/23/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis smashed his sixth homer of the season Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Gattis has cooled off after hitting .391 over his first six games, but he is keeping up his power numbers. He'll be a solid catching option until Brian McCann returns to action next month.
Dan Uggla, 2BCold4/23/2013 8:53:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (calf) returned to action Tuesday after missing Sunday's game. He went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer.
Insight: Uggla left Saturday's game with a calf strain. He has four homers this year, but is 10-for-60 (.167) with 23 strikeouts overall.
Justin Upton, LF4/23/2013 8:50:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton took Rockies starter Jeff Francis deep in the first inning Tuesday for his 10th homer of the season.
Insight: Upton has gone 6-for-32 (.188) over his last nine games, but four of his hits were home runs. He's leading the big leagues in that category, but the on-base struggles of the hitters in front of him have limited him to 14 RBIs.
Reed Johnson, RF4/23/2013 1:42:00 PM
Description: Atlanta Braves backup outfielder Reed Johnson should get a start when Jon Garland is on the hill for the Rockies in the first game of a doubleheader as he's a career .615 hitter (8-for-13) in their matchups.
Insight: Johnson (.125) is likely to start with Jason Heyward sidelined due to appendectomy surgery on Monday.
Justin Upton, LF4/23/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Justin Upton is a career .364 hitter (8-for-22) with a pair of homers and a 1.028 OPS against Colorado lefty Jeff Francis.
Insight: Upton's home run pace has slowed a bit, with just one homer in his last five games, but he still owns a major-league leading nine long balls. He's been more than fantasy owners could have hoped for with his offseason change of scenery yet has the talent to play at this pace all season long. He's a must start on Tuesday (weather permitting).
B.J. Upton, CFCold4/23/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton, unlike his brother, has never had any success against Colorado starter Jeff Francis. He's hitless in six career at-bats against Francis with four strikeouts.
Insight: Upton is off to a slow start, batting just 167 with a .550 OPS over 17 games and 66 at-bats. Avoid Tuesday's matchup.
Jason Heyward, RFCold4/23/2013 9:23:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward will miss an undisclosed amount of time after appendectomy surgery on Monday in Denver.
Insight: Heyward is batting .121 this season and perhaps this explains part of the problem. We expect big things from the Braves' 23-year-old who pounded 27 HR and knocked in 82 last season.


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