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Jason Heyward, RF 7/9/2014 1:09:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is 8-for-21 (.381) with a homer and six walks against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Heyward went 3-for-4 Tuesday but has gone just 10-for-57 (.175) with two extra-base hits in his last 17 games and is hitting .247 with a .705 OPS on the year. He should only be used when the matchup is perfect, and Wednesday is one of those occasions.
Evan Gattis, C7/7/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) isn't ready to start baseball activities yet, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis is dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back and is unlikely to be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break. He has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season.
Ervin Santana, SP7/4/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since June 7 with 7 1/3 strong innings (6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) Friday against Arizona.
Insight: Santana had a 1.99 ERA in his first six starts before hitting a rough patch from May 16 to June 12 (6.44 ERA), but he's recorded a 3.46 ERA and 25 Ks in his last 26 innings.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/4/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Heyward has been scuffling of late, batting just .111 over his last 12 games. Avoid this matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/4/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-12 (.583) with a 1.583 OPS against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Freeman has been hot of late, batting .317 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .290. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 44 runs.
Julio Teheran, SP7/2/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran limited the Mets to four hits and one run over seven innings to earn his eighth win of the year Wednesday night.
Insight: Teheran was very good as a rookie last year and he's been one of the top starters in the National League this season. In 126 innings, he's posted a 108/26 K/BB, a 2.29 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
Mike Minor, SPCold7/1/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor's struggles continued Tuesday as he didn't even get out of the fifth inning against the Mets (4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR).
Insight: Minor has allowed 22 earned runs on 45 hits (7 HR) and nine walks in his last 26 1/3 innings (7.52 ERA, 2.05 WHIP).
Evan Gattis, C6/30/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is heading to the disabled list with a bulging thoracic disc in his back, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Gattis will be given an epidural Tuesday to speed up the healing process. For now, he's out indefinitely. He has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season.
Evan Gattis, C6/30/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis has not played since leaving Friday's game with back spasms and is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Initial x-rays were negative, but he's expected to have an MRI on Monday in Atlanta, according to David O'Brien of AJC. Gattis is tied with Justin Upton for team lead in home runs with 16.
Justin Upton, LF6/30/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton should be avoided on Monday night in an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .278 with 16 HR and 46 RBI, but he's hitless in 12 tries against Mets starter Zack Wheeler with five strikeouts.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot6/30/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 6-for-11 (.545) with a 1.576 OPS against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Freeman has been hot of late, batting .346 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .291. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 41 runs.
Evan Gattis, C6/29/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis left Friday's game with back spasms, did not play Saturday and isn't expected to be in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: E-rays were negative, but he's expected to have an MRI on Monday in Atlanta, according to David O'Brien of AJC. Gattis is tied with Justin Upton for team lead in home runs with 16.
Justin Upton, LF 6/28/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has gone 8-for-23 with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI during a six-game hitting streak.
Insight: Upton went 4-for-33 (.121) from June 11 to June 21 and dealt with some dizziness due to sinus pressure from June 18-20, but he's back on track.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot6/28/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman walked three times and scored four runs Saturday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Freeman went 9-for-57 (.158) from May 30 to June 14 and watched his average fall to .272, but he's batted .370 with six doubles, a triple, two homers, five RBI and 13 runs in 13 games since then.
Ervin Santana, SP6/28/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana has allowed eight earned runs over his last 18 2/3 innings after giving up six runs in 6 1/3 on June 12 at Colorado.
Insight: Santana has a 3.27 FIP and a career-low 72.5 percent contact rate, but he's been hit hard at times (26.8 LD%) and owns a 4.05 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/27/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman delivered three hits including his 13th home run of the season Friday in a win against Philadelphia.
Insight: He drove in all four Atlanta runs. Freeman's numbers are down from last season but not by much. He'll have value as long as he stays healthy.
Evan Gattis, C6/27/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis left Friday's game with back spasms. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He left in the first inning. Gerald Laird (.213, 0 HR, 5 RBI) has come on to catch starter Julio Teheran.
Tommy LaStella, 2BCold6/27/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella will sit after his fifth consecutive hitless game. Dan Uggla will get the start Friday night against Philadelphia.
Insight: La Stella exploded onto the scene, hitting .333 in his first 20 games, but is 1-for-21 over his last six games which isn't a fantasy-worthy level.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/26/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was questionable for Thursday's game against Houston with a right elbow issue, but is in the starting lineup.
Insight: Freeman was hit on the elbow with a pitch in Wednesday's game. The first baseman is batting .286 with 12 homers, 37 RBI, 50 runs and an .870 OPS. Hopefully, this won't effect his swing.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/26/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is questionable for Thursday's game against Houston with a right elbow issue.
Insight: Freeman was hit on the elbow with a pitch in Wednesday's game. The first baseman is batting .286 with 12 homers, 37 RBI, 50 runs and an .870 OPS. Hopefully, this won't effect his swing.
Alex Wood, SP6/25/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood improved to 6-6 with Wednesday's win over Houston.
Insight: Wood kept the Astros off the scoreboard while only allowing three hits in seven innings. With Gavin Floyd (broken elbow) out for the year, Wood (6-6, 3.07 ERA) should be able to keep his spot in the starting rotation.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/25/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit his first home run since June 8 Tuesday at Houston.
Insight: Upton missed time last week due to dizziness caused by sinus pressure and hit .135 in the 37 at-bats prior to last night.
Gavin Floyd, SP6/22/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: It appears Atlanta starter Gavin Floyd is headed for season-ending surgery. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Floyd suffered a broken elbow on Thursday and landed on the DL a day later. Assuming his year is done, he'll finish the season 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA in nine starts.
Evan Gattis, CHot6/22/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis extended his hitting streak to 20 games Saturday in a win over Washington.
Insight: Gattis leads all big league catchers in home runs (16), is second in RBI (39) and would be third in batting average (.298) if he had enough at bats to qualify. Gattis has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing year for the Braves.
Julio Teheran, SP6/21/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R) racked up ten strikeouts Saturday in a loss to Washington.
Insight: That's his most since last August when he had 11 against Colorado. Despite a 2.41 ERA and a magnificent .207 batting average against, Teheran is only 6-5 on the year.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/21/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is back in the starting lineup. He's missed the last few games because of dizziness. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Doctors found that Upton's dizziness was being caused by sinus pressure. Upton has had a rough go of it in June, batting .189 in his last 53 at bats. We'd be hesitant to start him today against the Nationals.
Justin Upton, LF6/20/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton (dizziness) arrived to the ballpark Friday feeling worse than he had in the past couple of days. The Braves have sent him to undergo tests. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, mlb.com.
Insight: Upton (.276, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness due to an inner ear issue and has been dealing with symptoms over the past few days. He pinch hit Thursday but is now out indefinitely.
Alex Wood, SP6/20/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood will return from the minors to start Wednesday against the Astros, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Wood had a 3.00 ERA and a 44/9 K/BB over 45 innings in his first seven starts this season, but the Braves moved him to the bullpen to accommodate Gavin Floyd. Floyd fractured his elbow Thursday night, so Wood will rejoin the rotation and should be added in all leagues.
Justin Upton, LF6/20/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton didn't start Thursday, but did pinch hit and is probable for Friday's game against Washington
Insight: Upton (.276, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness due to an inner ear issue and has been dealing with symptoms over the past few days.
Gavin Floyd, SP6/19/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Gavin Floyd has been diagnosed with a fracture of the olecranon (the bony point) in his right elbow.
Insight: He left Thursday's start with the injury. A close-up of Floyd's elbow revealed a swollen bump near the tip of the elbow. Floyd has gone 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2013. Alex Wood is likely to replace him in the rotation and should be added immediately.
Gavin Floyd, SP6/19/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Gavin Floyd left Thursday's game against the Nationals with an elbow injury.
Insight: A close-up of Floyd's elbow revealed a bump that resembled bursitis, which wouldn't be the worst thing for a pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in May 2013.
Justin Upton, LF6/19/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is out again Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Upton (.278, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness due to an inner ear issue and is still dealing with symptoms.
Justin Upton, LF6/19/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton sat out Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies, but hopes to be ready for Thursday's game against Washington.
Insight: Upton (.278, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left last night's game after feeling light-headed and still had symptoms on Wednesday. He's been much better at home (.333, 10 HR, 1.043 OPS) than on the road this season (.212, 4 HR, 10 RBI, .649 OPS).
Aaron Harang, SP6/18/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang gave up 13 hits, three walks and nine runs (eight earned) in five innings Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Harang (5-6, 3.83 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) has thrown 12 quality starts in 15 turns through the rotation this season but allowed 32 hits and 21 earned runs over 15 innings in his three worst outings. It's only a matter of time before the team brings talented young left-hander Alex Wood back up to replace Harang in the rotation.
Evan Gattis, CHot6/18/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a two-run homer in the first inning Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Gattis has gone 27-for-69 (.391) with eight home runs and 20 RBI during the streak. He's hitting .294 with 16 home runs and 38 RBI this season.
Jonny Venters, RP6/18/2014 12:47:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters won't be back for another 4-to-6 weeks. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He was recently given a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow. A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
B.J. Upton, CF6/18/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is getting the afternoon off Wednesday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Braves on Twitter
Insight: For only the second time this season, the Braves will feature a lineup without any of the two Upton brothers. B.J. has been the least productive of the two, batting just .209 in 66 games.
Justin Upton, LF6/18/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is sitting out Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Upton (.278, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left last night's game after feeling light-headed. Perhaps he'll be back for Thursday's game versus Washington.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/17/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Upton went 0-for-3 before exiting and is 10-for-52 (.192) with one home run, four RBI and 16 Ks in June.
Evan Gattis, C6/17/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against kyle Kendrick and the Phillies.
Insight: Routine day off. Gattis is having a great season, adding a solid batting average (.296) to the power he showed us last season. He's blasted 15 homers in 189 at-bats this season and should easily top last year's 21 home run total.
Justin Upton, LF6/17/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is 5-for-14 (.357) with two homers against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Upton started the season strong, batting .326 in April with eight homers, but he has been heading in the wrong direction since, batting .277 in May and .204 in June.
David Carpenter, RP6/17/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever David Carpenter is questionable for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia due to tightness in his right biceps.
Insight: Other than the occasional save when Craig Kimbrel gets the day off, Carpenter has little fantasy value as a setup guy unless your league utilizes holds (10).
B.J. Upton, CF6/16/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton could be given a day off Monday with an unfavorable matchup on the horizon.
Insight: Upton (.209, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 10 SB) had a solid series against Anaheim, but is hitless in 12 tries against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels. Avoid him even if he's in the lineup.
Evan Gattis, CHot6/15/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis homered for the fifth time this month Saturday night against the Angels.
Insight: We knew Gattis had power -- he hit 21 homers in 354 at-bats last season -- but he's exceeded expectations in that category with 15 jacks in 181 at-bats while also hitting .293. He caught 11 innings Saturday before coming out for a pinch-runner, so he likely won't start Sunday.
Jason Heyward, RF6/14/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (hand) is in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Heyward left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch on his right hand. He has hit .296 with four homers, 12 RBI, 14 runs and an .888 OPS in his last 17 games, but he's still hitting just .254 with a .715 OPS this season.
Jason Heyward, RF6/13/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has been diagnosed with a bruised hand. SOURCE: Braves on Twitter
Insight: Heyward's X-rays came back negative. He shouldn't miss more than a game or two.
Jason Heyward, RF6/13/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward had to leave Friday's game after getting hit by a pitch. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, 680 The Fan
Insight: Heyward (.254, 7 HR, 23 RBI) is headed for X-rays on his right hand. Jordan Schafer (.182, 0 HR, 2 RBI) has come on to take Heyward's place in right field.
Evan Gattis, C6/12/2014 1:06:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Thursday's starting lineup. Gerald laird will be behind the plate.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off after a night game. Gattis is batting .279 with 13 homers, 31 RBI and an .886 OPS.
Justin Upton, LF6/12/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is just 1-for-16 (.063) with 10 strikeouts against Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Upton returned to the lineup Wednesday after a hamstring injury forced him to leave Tuesday's game early. Thursday would be a good opportunity to give his hamstring additional rest. Update: Upton is not in the starting lineup.
Justin Upton, LF6/12/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is just 1-for-16 (.063) with 10 strikeouts against Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Upton returned to the lineup Wednesday after a hamstring injury forced him to leave Tuesday's game early. Thursday would be a good opportunity to give his hamstring additional rest.
Mike Minor, SP6/11/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor gave up 11 hits and eight earned runs over four innings Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Atlanta gave Minor a 7-0 lead before he even stepped on the mound and a 10-6 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, but he couldn't stick around long enough to get a win. He went into Tuesday with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP, but he stands at 4.31 and 1.42 after Tuesday. There aren't many pitchers you want to use against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Andrelton Simmons, SS6/11/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit a grand slam off Juan Nicasio in the first inning Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Simmons is baseball's best defensive shortstop, but he doesn't do enough with the bat or on the basepaths to be a fantasy option.
Evan Gattis, C6/11/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis had three hits, including a homer, two RBI, a walk and four runs scored Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Entering the game, Gattis only had 18 runs all season despite hitting 12 homers. He's up to .280 with 13 homers, 31 RBI and an .895 OPS following his big night on Tuesday.
Chris Johnson, 3B6/11/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has gone 6-for-9 in his last two games.
Insight: Johnson is still hitting just .267 with two homers, 16 RBI, 13 runs and a .622 OPS. He batted .321 last year but that was boosted by a .394 BABIP. He's hit .339 on balls in play this year and his strikeout rate is up from 21.2 percent to 24.6 percent. You can probably do better at third base in your fantasy league.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/11/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman homered for the second time in three games Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Freeman has a line-drive rate of 34 percent, so while his BABIP of .317 is still above the league average he's actually been a bit unlucky. He's hit just .143 on grounders and .619 on line drives. The first baseman should be a .300 hitter in the long run, and he's also on pace for a career-high 28 homers.
Justin Upton, LF6/10/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton exited Tuesday's game with a strained left hamstring, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Upton went 1-for-1 and scored a run before leaving the game. He's listed as day-to-day. Jordan Schafer replaced him in left field.
Alex Wood, SP6/10/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: The Braves have optioned left-hander Alex Wood to Triple-A Gwinnett to stretch him out.
Insight: Wood had a 3.00 ERA and a 44/9 K/BB over 45 innings in his first seven starts this season, but the Braves moved him to the bullpen to accommodate Gavin Floyd. He's posted a 4.70 ERA in 15 1/3 innings as a reliever, though he actually won more games out of the bullpen than he did as a starter. It's unclear when he'll be back or whom he'll replace in Atlanta's rotation.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/10/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 5-for-9 with three homers among his five extra-base hits against Colorado starter Juan Nicasio.
Insight: Freeman has struggled over the past two weeks (.200, 1 HR), but this matchup should wake up hit bat.
Ervin Santana, SP 6/8/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana had his best start in nearly a month Saturday at Arizona.
Insight: Santana (5-2, 3.69 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) gave up one run (zero earned) on six hits in seven innings. The right-hander had allowed 20 earned runs on 30 hits with 10 walks over 23 innings his previous four starts. Santana allowed more than 1.0 homers per nine innings in every season from 2009-13, but he's given up just 0.64 in 70 2/3 innings this season, his first in the NL.
B.J. Upton, CF6/6/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton won't start Friday against the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: Jody Jackson, Fox Sports Arizona
Insight: Upton (.217, 5 HR, 15 RBI) left the team to see the birth of his child but he should be available off the bench. Jordan Schafer (.129, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will fill in at center field.
Mike Minor, SP6/4/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor struck out 10 batters and allowed only one run over seven innings Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners, but he walked away with a loss.
Insight: Atlanta couldn't muster a run against Hisashi Iwakuma or Seattle's bullpen. Minor has a 3.07 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and a 40/12 K/BB in 44 innings this season but is 2-4.
Jordan Walden, RP6/3/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Atlanta relief pitcher Jordan Walden (hamstring) is throwing off a mound.
Insight: His fantasy value is limited as long as Craig Kimbrel is healthy, but he's always going to be a high strikeout-per-inning guy. He's got a 2.92 ERA. 1.14 WHIP and 19 Ks in 12 1/3 IP this season.
Justin Upton, LF6/1/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is getting a breather Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Despite 65 strikeouts in 193 at-bats, Upton has hit .301 with 13 homers, 33 RBI and a .955 OPS. He's been able to avoid the extended slumps that plagued him in 2013.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/1/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finally picked up his first hit against the Marlins this season Saturday, but he hasn't had success against Sunday's starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Freeman is just 1-for-32 (.031) with 12 Ks against the Marlins this season compared to 60-for-173 (.347) with 28 Ks against everyone else. He's 3-for-20 (.150) against Eovaldi.
Jason Heyward, RFHot6/1/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has been heating up and will get to face Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi on Sunday.
Insight: Heyward is 8-for-18 (.444) lifetime against Eovaldi with two doubles and a triple. He's batted .320 with a triple, three home runs, 10 walks, 11 runs and three steals in his last 19 games.
Craig Kimbrel, RP5/31/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel tied John Smoltz's franchise record by earning his 154th save Saturday against the Marlins.
Insight: He's converted six save opportunities in a row, allowing just one unearned run over that span. Kimbrel, who is now in his fifth MLB season, is 12th among active players in saves.
Evan Gattis, C5/31/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gattis was hit twice last night and might be a bit sore. He's been a very good source of power for fantasy owners with 10 homers and 22 RBI in 41 games.
Jason Heyward, RFHot5/30/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has gone 23-for-71 (.324) with a triple, three homers, six RBI, eight walks and 10 runs in his last 18 games.
Insight: Heyward has raised his average 40 points in that span. He's up to .246 after going 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI Friday night.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/29/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Boston. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, 680 The Fan
Insight: Simmons (.266, 4 HR, 13 RBI) tweaked his ankle earlier this week but only had to miss one game. He's never gotten a hit against tonight's starting pitcher Jake Peavy.
Tommy LaStella, 2B5/29/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Just promoted Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella will make another start on Thursday after going 2-for-4 in his major league debut on Wednesday night.
Insight: La Stella is a career .322 hitter with an .881 OPS and more walks than strikeouts in his minor-league career. He doesn't have much power or speed, but the Braves have received the worst production in baseball from their second basemen (.165/.253/.250).
Justin Upton, LFHot5/29/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is a career 6-for-9 (.667) with a triple and home run against Boston right-hander Jake Peavy.
Insight: Upton has batted .400 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .309 with 13 HR and 33 RBI. Thursday's matchup should continue the upward climb.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/29/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons exited Tuesday's game, missed Wednesday's contest, but could be ready to go on Thursday.
Insight: Simmons has dealt with it for the past few weeks, according to a Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. He's batting .266 with four homers, 13 RBI and 12 run scored.
Evan Gattis, C5/28/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is back in the starting nine for Wednesday's game against Boston. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Gattis strained his wrist in batting practice yesterday but his X-rays came back negative and it looks like he's good to go. His ten home runs lead all major league catchers this season.
Tommy LaStella, 2B5/28/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: The Braves have promoted second baseman Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Insight: La Stella is a career .322 hitter with an .881 OPS and more walks than strikeouts in his minor-league career. He doesn't have much power or speed but could be a Matt Carpenter type of player. The Braves have received the worst production in baseball out of their second basemen (.165/.253/.250).
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/27/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons exited Tuesday's game with right ankle inflammation, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: He's considered day-to-day. Simmons went 2-for-3 Tuesday and is hitting .266 with four home runs, 12 runs and a .693 OPS this year.
Jason Heyward, RF5/27/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward hit a leadoff homer Tuesday against Boston but didn't have a hit in his last four at-bats.
Insight: Heyward had 27 homers and 21 stolen bases in 2012, but he has hit just 18 home runs and stolen 10 bases since then. He's batting .240 with a .670 OPS and four home runs and eight steals this year.
Evan Gattis, C5/27/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a strained right wrist, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis suffered the injury during batting practice. He's batted .368 with three home runs in 19 at-bats against left-handers this season, so Boston starter Jon Lester catches a break.
Evan Gattis, C5/26/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: After smacking two homers Sunday against the Padres, Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis will sit on Monday in the opener versus Boston.
Insight: Gattis is only batting .248, but with 10 homers and an .822 OPS fantasy owners can't complain. Laird (.208, 0 HR, 3 RBI) can't produce those types of numbers and should be avoided.
Evan Gattis, C5/25/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis clubbed two homers Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Gattis is only batting .248, but with 10 homers and an .822 OPS fantasy owners can't complain.
Evan Gattis, C5/24/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis returned to the lineup Saturday against Colorado.
Insight: He needed almost a week to recover from the flu. Gattis hasn't hit for a high average this season (.246 in 122 at bats) but his eight homers lead all major league catchers.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/24/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman loves facing Colorado right-hander Juan Nicasio.
Insight: Freeman is 5-for-8 (.625) with a double, triple, three home runs and seven RBI in their matchups. He's having another good season (.303, 9 HR, 28 RBI) and is a must-start on Saturday.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/23/2014 8:59:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was pulled in the third inning Friday against Colorado.
Insight: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, manager Fredi Gonzalez will address his decision to remove Johnson after the game. Johnson (.265, 1 HR, 9 RBI) struck out in his only at bat of the night.
Evan Gattis, CCold5/23/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (illness) is still not back in the starting lineup while dealing with an illness and Gerald Laird will make a fourth consecutive start.
Insight: Gattis started the season strong, but has struggled lately and is batting .246 on the season with eight homers. Unfortunately, he's hit just one long ball and batted .178 since May 2.
Evan Gattis, C5/22/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (illness) is still not back in the starting lineup while dealing with an illness.
Insight: Gerald Laird will get another start. Gattis started the season strong, but has struggled lately and is batting .246 on the season with eight homers. Unfortunately, he's hit just one long ball and batted .178 since May 2.
Chris Johnson, 3BCold5/22/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson is 5-for-9 with a pair of homers versus Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: The .321 batting average and .800 plus OPS is a distant memory as he's batting just .255 with no power. We're not sure he can take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Evan Gattis, CCold5/21/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (illness) is not in the lineup Wednesday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Gattis hasn't had a good month. He's batted .208 with two homers and a .687 OPS after hitting .286 with six home runs and an .891 OPS in April and was scratched from the lineup due to a virus on Tuesday.
Chris Johnson, 3BCold5/21/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Atlanta 3B Chris Johnson hasn't fared well against Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: He's 2-for-16 against him with 2 K's. Johnson is just one for his last 17, dropping his average all the way down to .261. With Lohse throwing for the Brew Crew on Wednesday, Johnson's slump is only going to get worse.
Justin Upton, LF5/21/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton has been pitiful against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: He owns a .100 batting average against Lohse in 20 lifetime at bats. Upton (.288, 12 HR, 25 RBI) has homered in three straight games for the Braves but we doubt he'll continue that trend Wednesday versus Lohse.
Justin Upton, LFHot5/20/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton homered for the third straight game Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Insight: He was 3-for-24 from May 9-17, but he's gone 5-for-10 with three homers, six RBI and two walks in his last three games.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/20/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has gone 8-for-16 (.500) in his last four games.
Insight: Simmons hit his fourth homer of the season Tuesday and is up to .285 with a .754 OPS this year. However, he has just 12 RBI, 12 runs and zero steals.
Julio Teheran, SPHot5/20/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran threw his second shutout of the 2014 season Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Teheran struck out eight and walked two in a six-hitter. It was a strong performance following his worst start of 2014 -- 3 1/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 7 H, 5 BB on May 14. The 23-year-old Teheran is 3-3 with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP this season.
Evan Gattis, CCold5/20/2014 7:20:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to an illness, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis hasn't had a good month. He's batted .208 with two homers and a .687 OPS after hitting .286 with six home runs and an .891 OPS in April. Gerald Laird started at catcher against the Brewers.
Jason Heyward, RF5/20/2014 2:55:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward continues to disappoint fantasy owners.
Insight: Heyward's production continues to fall from a high in 2012 (.269, 27 HR, 82 RBI, 21 SB, .814 OPS). His current numbers almost make him a candidate to drop - .228, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 SB, .650 OPS. Where has all that "potential" gone?
Justin Upton, LF 5/19/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has homered in back-to-back games.
Insight: He was 3-for-24 in his previous seven games, but he's reached base in five of eight plate appearances over the past two days. The strikeouts may catch up to him and cause his batting average to drop from .282, but he's provided 11 homers, 22 RBI and 24 runs this year.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot5/19/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman homered for the second straight game Monday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Freeman hit 21-23 homers in each of the previous three years, but the 24-year-old has taken a step forward in the power department and already has nine home runs this year while hitting .317.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/19/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has gone 0-for-13 with five Ks over his last three games.
Insight: Johnson started off May 20-for-53 (.378) after hitting .230 in April, but his season average is back down to .261. The third baseman hit .321 last year, but it was supported by an insane .394 BABIP.
Tyler Pastornicky, 2B5/19/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Tyler Pastornicky is questionable for Monday's game against Milwaukee due to a sore left calf.
Insight: Pastornicky has no fantasy value, batting .207 with zero homers, two RBI and no steals in 18 games.
Jonny Venters, RP5/18/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters recently had a throwing session cut short after feeling soreness in his left elbow. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He's been shut down for the time being. Venters hasn't pitched in the big leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/18/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Braves 1B Freddie Freeman had a productive outing Sunday against the Cardinals (3-for-3, HR, 3 RBI).
Insight: We've come to expect this type of production from Steady Freddie. The 24-year-old is hitting an impressive .314 this season with eight jacks and 27 RBI. He should be a lock for his second straight All-Star appearance.
Alex Wood, SP5/18/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: The Braves called an audible and kept left-hander Alex Wood in the bullpen while Aaron Harang started Saturday.
Insight: Wood was moved to the bullpen after starting on May 4 because manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to keep Gavin Floyd on a set schedule following Tommy John surgery. He was initially expected to start on May 17, but the Braves had him throw 2 2/3 innings out of the bullpen on May 14. Wood has a 3.26 ERA and 52 Ks in 49 2/3 innings this year, so fantasy owners have lost a valuable starter for the time being.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/18/2014 12:43:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is not in the lineup Sunday after striking out four times Saturday afternoon.
Insight: Upton's new pair of glasses has not helped him get back on track. He has gone 6-for-35 (.171) with a whopping 22 strikeouts in his last 11 games.
B.J. Upton, CFCold5/17/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton picked up a Golden Sombrero Saturday at St. Louis.
Insight: So much for a new pair of glasses helping Upton get back on track. He has gone 6-for-35 (.171) with a whopping 22 strikeouts in his last 11 games.
Justin Upton, LFCold5/17/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has gone 3-for-24 (.125) over his last seven games.
Insight: All the strikeouts have caught up to Upton and he's downto .273 on the season. His strikeout rate is a career-worst 31.9 percent.
Aaron Harang, SP5/17/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang has allowed two earned runs in each of his last three starts and struck out 22 batters over 18 innings in that span.
Insight: Harang ended April on a down note when he gave up nine runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings, but he's 4-4 with a 2.98 ERA, a 1.16 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings this season. Harang's career K/9 is 7.34, but it's 9.77 this year.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/17/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-3 with a double Saturday at St. Louis.
Insight: Simmons went 26-for-90 (.289) with three home runs and three strikeouts prior to May, but he's gone 12-for-48 (.250) with zero homers and nine Ks this month.
Mike Minor, SP5/14/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Braves lefty Mike Minor kept the Giants off the scoreboard Tuesday for his first win of the season.
Insight: He only let up three hits in 6 2/3 innings. The win was Minor's first since Game 2 of the National League Division Series last October. Minor's next start isn't until Tuesday.
Justin Upton, LF5/12/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is back in the lineup after missing Sunday's game with a bruised back. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, Braves Radio Network
Insight: Upton returns to nine homers and a .296 batting average. He's a .216 career hitter against tonight's starting pitcher, Tim Lincecum (2-2, 5.55 ERA).
Justin Upton, LF5/12/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton, who was hit by a pitch from Jeff Samardzija in his lower back during Saturday's game, and is questionable for Monday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Upton did not play on Sunday. He's batting .296 with nine homers, 19 RBI and 21 runs scored and was hot this past week batting .357 for four games.
Justin Upton, LF5/11/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton was hit by a pitch from Jeff Samardzija in his lower back during Saturday's game and had to exit, leaving him questionable for Sunday.
Insight: Upton would be a solid fantasy option on Sunday if in the lineup with a career .545 batting average versus Edwin Jackson. Upton leads the league in strikeouts, not good when you aren't a pitcher, but does have nine homers and 19 RBI.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/11/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-11 with two homers and a 2.091 OPS against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Freeman is batting .311 with six homers, 20 RBI and a career-high .904 OPS in 2014.
Ervin Santana, SPHot5/10/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana blanked Chicago over seven innings Saturday in his return from a bruised thumb. He struck out seven batters with one walk and is now 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP this season
Insight: Santana missed his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Giants with the injury, which he suffered when Reds starter Homer Bailey jammed him with a pitch during an at-bat on April 25. He's allowed two home runs in 40 2/3 innings, two seasons after giving up 39 in 178 for the Angels. The right-hander has allowed at least 21 home runs in each of his last eight seasons.
Justin Upton, LF5/10/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton was hit by a pitch from Jeff Samardzija in his lower back during Saturday's game and had to exit. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Upton hurt his back earlier in the night when he ran in from the outfield to help out with a long rundown and took the brunt of a collision, but he was able to stay in the game. Fantasy owners have to hope the HBP from Samardzija didn't cause any fractures for Upton. UPDATE: The Braves are calling Upton's injury a lower-back contusion.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/10/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is hitless in six at-bats versus Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija with three whiffs.
Insight: Freeman continues to improve so this small sample size would not make us take him out of the lineup. Just don't expect a lot on Saturday. He is batting .321 with six homers, 20 RBI and a career-high .930 OPS in 2014.
Julio Teheran, SPHot5/9/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran tossed a gem Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Teheran (2-2, 1.71 ERA, 0.81 WHIP) gave up just one hit (solo homer) and struck out nine in eight innings but took a no decision. The right-hander has been brilliant all season and he's started to bring his strikeout rate up after fanning just 13 batters in his first 28 innings. In his last 30 frames, he has struck out 29 batters.
Alex Wood, SP5/9/2014 7:27:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves left-hander Alex Wood will move to the bullpen for a brief time but will start on May 17 at St. Louis. Manager Fredi Gonzalez will make a decision regarding the rotation following that game.
Insight: Aaron Harang will take Wood's place in the rotation on Sunday against the Cubs. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to keep Gavin Floyd in the rotation so he remains on a consistent schedule following Tommy John surgery last year, and he doesn't want to use a six-man rotation so someone will be the odd man out after May 17. The 23-year-old Wood has a 3.00 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 44/9 K/BB in 45 innings this season, so fantasy owners would be losing a valuable starter if he's moved to the bullpen for an extended period of time.
Alex Wood, SP5/9/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Braves lefty Alex Wood will officially be moved to the bullpen after Sunday's start against the Cubs, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to keep Gavin Floyd in the rotation so he remains on a consistent schedule following Tommy John surgery last year. Wood has a 3.00 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 44/9 K/BB in 45 innings this season, so fantasy owners will be losing a valuable starter. We expect the 23-year-old to be back in the rotation at some point because he's simply better than Aaron Harang and Floyd.
Dan Uggla, 2BCold5/8/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: For now, the Braves are going to go with a platoon of Tyler Pastornicky and Ramiro Pena at second base. SOURCE: Braves.com
Insight: That doesn't bode well for Uggla, who would appear to be out of a starting job. Uggla (.184, 2 HR, 10 RBI) has been a disaster for years now and it could be time for the Braves to cut their losses and move on from him. Pastornicky (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI) and Pena (.229, 2 HR, 4 RBI) don't figure to be appealing fantasy options.
Alex Wood, SP5/8/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Braves lefty Alex Wood will start Sunday against the Cubs, but he is the most likely candidate to be dropped from the rotation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez wants to keep Gavin Floyd in the rotation so he remains on a consistent schedule following Tommy John surgery last year. Wood has a 3.00 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and a 44/9 K/BB in 45 innings this season, so fantasy owners would be losing a valuable starter if he goes to the bullpen. We expect the 23-year-old to be back in the rotation at some point this season, probably in place of Aaron Harang.
Gavin Floyd, SP5/7/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: The Braves have decided to keep right-hander Gavin Floyd in the starting rotation. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Floyd pitched well in his season debut Tuesday against St. Louis, allowing just one earned run over seven innings. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the decision is health related and that Floyd, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, would be better served pitching once every five days. Alex Wood (2-5, 3.00 ERA) is expected to be dropped from the rotation.
Ervin Santana, SP5/7/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Ervin Santana (thumb) will start Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: Santana (3-0, 2.41 ERA) missed his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Giants due to a bruised thumb. He suffered the injury when Reds starter Homer Bailey jammed him with a pitch during an at-bat on April 25 and dealt with swelling near the end of his start last Thursday at Miami. Gavin Floyd started in his place Tuesday.
Tommy LaStella, 2B5/7/2014 1:37:00 PM
Description: Braves second base prospect Tommy La Stella is batting .311 with three doubles and an 8/11 K/BB in 29 games for Triple-A Gwinnett this season.
Insight: La Stella is a career .327 hitter with an .888 OPS and more walks than strikeouts in his minor-league career. He doesn't have much power or speed but could be a Matt Carpenter type of player. Dan Uggla is on his last legs, batting .190 with two homers this season after hitting .201 with 40 home runs in 971 at-bats the past two years.
Justin Upton, LF5/7/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton has never had a hit against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Upton homered Tuesday but has struggled to put his bat on the ball lately. In his past five games, he has gone 3-for-19 with 12 strikeouts. He's batting .296 this season, but with a 34.4 percent strikeout rate and a .403 BABIP, his average is sure to fall.
Justin Upton, LF5/6/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a homer Tuesday after beginning May with a terrible slump.
Insight: Upton entered Tuesday's game having gone 1-for-15 with 11 Ks in his previous four games. The left fielder has a nine home runs, but his .296 average is sure to fall. He has a 34.4 percent strikeout rate and a .403 BABIP.
Gavin Floyd, SP5/6/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: In his first appearance since April 2013, Braves RHP Gavin Floyd limited the Cardinals to one run on six hits in seven innings on Tuesday.
Insight: Ervin Santana (bruised thumb) is iffy for Saturday's start, but even if he cannot pitch he isn't expected to miss more time than that. That means Floyd will only remain in the rotation long term if Aaron Harang (2.98 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) begins to struggle.
Ervin Santana, SP5/6/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Ervin Santana is no longer wearing a wrap on his bruised right thumb, but he doesn't know if he'll make his next scheduled start on Saturday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Santana (3-0, 2.41 ERA) missed his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Giants. He suffered the injury when Reds starter Homer Bailey jammed him with a pitch during an at-bat on April 25 and dealt with swelling near the end of his start last Thursday at Miami. Gavin Floyd started in his place Tuesday.
Dan Uggla, 2BCold5/6/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla is back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: After going 3-for-31 (.097) with 12 Ks from April 22 to May 4, Uggla took a seat Monday while Ramiro Pena started at second base. Uggla's been in a steep decline since 2012 but the Braves have stuck with him because he's signed through 2015 for $12.4 million per year. Fantasy owners don't have the same burden.
Evan Gattis, CCold5/6/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will take a seat Tuesday against the Cardinals, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: With Gattis resting, Gerald Laird will catch Gavin Floyd in the right-hander's first start since last April. Gattis is hitting .267 with seven homers, 15 RBI and an .823 OPS this season, but he's hit .160 (4-for-25) over his last eight games.
Gavin Floyd, SP5/4/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: Gavin Floyd will make his Braves debut Tuesday versus St. Louis. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He'll be making a spot start in place of Ervin Santana, who was just scratched with a thumb injury. Tuesday will be Floyd's first appearance in the major leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery 12 months ago.
Ervin Santana, SP5/4/2014 12:03:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Ervin Santana won't make his scheduled appearance Tuesday against St. Louis. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Santana (3-0, 2.41 ERA) is out with a jammed thumb. He's hoping to only miss one start. The team has announced Gavin Floyd will start in his place.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/4/2014 12:00:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons won't be available Sunday against the Giants. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He's out for personal reasons. The team fully expects him back for Monday's series opener against St. Louis. Ramiro Pena (.200, 1 HR, 3 RBI) will start in his place.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/4/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has a miserable track record against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: He only has one hit against him in 18 at bats (.056 AVG). Uggla (.198, 2 HR, 10 RBI) has been one of the worst hitters in baseball this season and doesn't belong in any fantasy lineups.
Justin Upton, LF5/4/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton should do some damage Sunday against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: He's 9-for-20 against the left-hander with a double and a home run. Upton (.311, 8 HR, 18 RBI) is off to a sizzling start and Bumgarner (2-3, 3.74 ERA) isn't likely to stand in his way.
Gavin Floyd, SP5/2/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd will be activated from the 15-day DL Sunday against the Giants. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Floyd hasn't pitched in the big leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May of 2013. The starting rotation is full right now but it shouldn't be too long before Floyd gets a chance to contribute.
Evan Gattis, C5/2/2014 4:55:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Gattis is batting .286 with seven home runs and 14 RBI. With Gattis resting, Gerald Laird (.167, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will take over behind the plate for Atlanta, but he has no fantasy value.
Mike Minor, SP5/2/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor has officially been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He sat out the first month because of a shoulder injury. Minor's 3.21 ERA in 32 starts last season was 16th-best in the National League.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/2/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Chris Johnson's new three-year extension is worth $23.5 million. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Johnson joins Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran, Jason Heyward and Craig Kimbrel among the players that have signed extensions with Atlanta in the last couple months. Clearly, the Braves are in this thing for the long haul. Johnson has underperformed this season (.255, 1 HR, 4 RBI) but he did have three hits in last night's loss to Miami.
Dan Uggla, 2B5/2/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is hitless in 13 at-bats against Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum.
Insight: He's batting .194 this season with a pair of homers and 10 RBI and should not be in any fantasy lineups.
Chris Johnson, 3B5/1/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: Braves 3B Chris Johnson is close to signing a three-year contract extension. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Johnson hasn't done much this season (.255, 1 HR, 4 RBI) but he's coming off an excellent 2013 campaign (.321, 12 HR, 68 RBI in 142 games). Obviously, it's only May and Johnson still has plenty of time to turn things around. He turns 30 in October.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot5/1/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is 5-for-9 with four extra base hits and a 1.822 OPS against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Freeman continues to improve and through the first 26 games is batting .320 with six homers, 17 RBI and a career-high .965 OPS. Add in the wind blowing out tonight and you have a must-start candidate.
Aaron Harang, SP 4/30/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang came back to Earth Wednesday at Miami, allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Insight: Harang only allowed three earned runs in his first 31 2/3 innings, but fantasy owners should have known it wasn't going to last. His career ERA in nearly 2,000 innings is above 4.20 and he's never had one lower than 3.61 in any season.
Gavin Floyd, SP4/30/2014 7:52:00 PM
Description: According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will activate Gavin Floyd from the disabled list later this weekend.
Insight: Floyd had Tommy John surgery last year and his 30-day rehab window will end Friday. 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. However, the Braves don't currently have a spot in the rotation open -- Julio Teheran, Ervin Santana and Mike Minor (returning from DL Friday) are locked into spots, Aaron Harang leads the majors in ERA and Alex Wood had a 1.54 ERA and 35 Ks in 35 innings prior to getting hit hard by Miami on Tuesday.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/30/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman hasn't had much luck against Miami starter Nate Eovaldi.
Insight: He's collected only three hits against him in 17 previous at bats (.176 AVG). Freeman (.330, 6 HR, 17 RBI) is having a good season but this isn't a good matchup for him.
Jason Heyward, RF4/30/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has a .400 lifetime average against Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi.
Insight: Heyward's monster potential makes him a player worth holding onto but not one you'd start everyday. Today, however, is a very favorable matchup that Heyward (.194, 2 HR, 7 RBI) should be able to take advantage of. If you have an outfield spot open, give Heyward a try.
Mike Minor, SP4/29/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor (shoulder) will return to the rotation Friday, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Minor has been working his way back from shoulder soreness since spring training. He'll replace David Hale in the rotation.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/29/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup versus Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.
Insight: Uggla was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in their matchups. He's batting .209 this season with a pair of homers and 10 RBI. Tyler Pastornicky (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will get the start.
Chris Johnson, 3B4/29/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson is not in Tuesday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Johnson batted .321 last season with an .816 OPS, but is off to a slow start hitting just .241 through the first 23 games. Lightly-used Ramiro Pena (.235) will get the start at the hot Corner.
Justin Upton, LF4/29/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts against Miami ace Jose Fernandez.
Insight: Upton just had a big three-game series against Cincinnati, batting .545 with two homers, but should be avoided on Tuesday due to the bad matchup.
Julio Teheran, SPHot4/27/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran matched Reds ace Johnny Cueto pitch for pitch Sunday at Turner Field.
Insight: Teheran (2-1, 1.47 ERA) allowed just three hits across eight shutout frames. The Braves should be embarrassed with the lack of run support they've given Teheran over his last three starts. Despite a 0.38 ERA during that span, Teheran is only 1-0 with two no-decisions.
Evan Gattis, C4/27/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will take a seat Sunday against the Reds. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Gattis leads all big league catchers with six home runs this season. With Gattis resting, Gerald Laird (.200, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will take over behind the plate for Atlanta.
Justin Upton, LFHot4/26/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton bashed three hits in Saturday's win over Cincinnati.
Insight: He also added his third stolen base. Upton (.321) has now homered in back-to-back games for the second time this season. He's tied with Freddie Freeman for the team-lead in RBI (16).
David Hale, SP4/26/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves starter David Hale looked dominant Saturday in a win over Cincinnati.
Insight: Hale allowed just two hits and one run in eight solid innings. Despite an impressive 2.31 ERA in 23 1/3 innings, fantasy owners have to be at least a little concerned with Hale's mediocre strikeout to walk ratio (15 to 11). Even more concerning is the fact that he'll probably lose his rotation spot when Mike Minor returns from a shoulder injury.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/26/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Braves 1B Freddie Freeman is hitless in eight at bats versus Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: Freeman has become a fantasy and real life star. He's batting .357 with five homers, 14 RBI and a 1.058 OPS. He exploded onto the scene last year, posting a .319 average with 23 HR and 109 RBI. This is a poor matchup.
Dan Uggla, 2B4/26/2014 1:33:00 PM
Description: Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla is 4-for-10 with three homers and five RBI against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Uggla enters the game with a .215 average, two homers, one walk and 25 strikeouts in 79 at-bats this season. Still, he might be worth a flier.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/25/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Braves 1B Freddie Freeman snapped out of his first slump of the season with three hits Friday against the Reds.
Insight: Freeman went 0-for-12 with six Ks over his previous three games after hitting .397 in his first 18.
Justin Upton, LF4/25/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton hit a three-run homer Friday against the Reds.
Insight: It was Upton's only hit of the night. He's gone 7-for-37 (.189) with a whopping 20 strikeouts in his last 10 games but also had two homers and seven RBI in that stretch.
Chris Johnson, 3BCold4/25/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Atlanta third baseman Chris Johnson should be avoided on Friday due to an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Johnson is just 1-for-12 (.083) with seven strikeouts versus Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey. He's off to a slow start batting .256 through te first 20 games after hitting .321 last season with an .816 OPS.
Ryan Doumit, C4/25/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Braves C/OF Ryan Doumit could be in for a rare start on Friday as he's a career .500 hitter (8-for-16 with a home run) against Reds right-hander Homer Bailey.
Insight: Doumit is struggling to do much with his infrequent at-bats, but could be a nice surprise if given the chance by manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Aaron Harang, SPHot4/23/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang pitched well in a no-decision Wednesday against Miami.
Insight: This wasn't the gem he threw last week against the Mets (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 K's) but Harang (3-1) was still plenty effective, racking up a season-high 11 strikeouts and allowing just one run over six innings. His 0.85 ERA this season leads the National League.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/23/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Though it hasn't kept him out of the lineup yet, Braves 1B Freddie Freeman admitted he's been struggling with dry eyes. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: It's an issue Freeman has dealt with on and off throughout his career. He said he cleaned his eye lids out and should be back to normal by Friday. The issue hasn't affected Freeman's performance (.346, 5 HR, 14 RBI) so fantasy owners have no reason to be concerned.
Justin Upton, LFCold4/23/2014 12:25:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton was given the day off on Wednesday. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Upton has encountered his first mini-slump of the season with only two hits in his last 13 at bats. Ryan Doumit (.143, 0 HR, 1 RBI) is getting the start in left field.
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.


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