Atlanta Braves News
An eighth inning error and another tough night at the plate proved costly for the Braves in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates. Atlanta has now dropped three straight games and their lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East is down to just two games.
Reinforcements are on the way for the Braves who are expected to promote at least four players when rosters expand on Saturday according to a report by MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Among those who could join the team on Saturday are catcher Rene Rivera, reliever Shane Carle, infielder Ryan Flaherty and pitcher Bryse Wilson. Max Fried and Touki Toussaint could be among a second group that arrives after the minor league season is completed.
With a lack of off days coming up in the final month, the Braves are planning to utilize a six-man rotation according to the AJC’s Gabe Burns. With guys like Fried, Toussaint and Wilson on the way at some point, the team will have enough depth to provide some extra rest for the rotation. That could be big for guys like Sean Newcomb and Mike Foltynewicz who have already set or are about to set a career-high in innings pitched.
One player that won’t be returning is reliever Peter Moylan who was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Friday because of a forearm strain.
September will provide an audition of sorts for a number of players that could be vying for a potential spot on the team’s postseason roster provided they do earn a playoff spot. Dillon Cloud runs down the possibilities.
The Braves were rumored to have checked in on Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson but it was the Cleveland Indians that ultimately made the trade to acquire him. That was just one of many deals that were completed on Friday.
Milwaukee was quiet at the July 31 trade deadline but made a series of moves on Friday that they hope will strengthen them for the stretch run in September. The team picked up left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno from the White Sox, acquired left-handed starter Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals and outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Blue Jays.
Jaime Garcia has a new team after agreeing to a deal with the Chicago Cubs. Garcia was released by Toronto last week.
The Cubs placed Jason Heyward on the 10-day disabled list on Friday after he suffered a right hamstring strain in Thursday’s game in Atlanta.