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Braves daily news digest 3/13: Shelby Miller solid, Andrelton Simmons debuts

Shelby Miller bounced back in his second spring start while Andrelton Simmons made his spring debut for the Braves.

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Braves News

Shelby Miller has solid bounce-back outing in 3-2 Spring loss to Yankees

Shelby Miller successfully bounced back from his rough spring debut allowing one run and two hits in three innings of work. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons made his spring debut going 1-3 at the plate. The game also featured some strangeness after manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the first inning.

Gonzalez talked about the ejection with MLB.com's Adam Berry following the game.

"It's balls and strikes," Gonzalez said. "I thought the balls in the first inning, when we were hitting, were down that were called strikes. And then Shelby throws a pretty good pitch that they call a ball. It's balls and strikes. It's a late game in Spring Training. I get a little ornery because I'm usually in bed by this time. So maybe my temper got me."

'Folty' seeking command in Braves rotation bid

Mike Foltynewicz returns to the mound on Friday where he will face the Detroit Tigers in a split-squad game. He is among those pitchers that are vying for one of the two open spots in the Braves' rotation. To get there he is going to have to show improvement in his command.

"We want him to obviously build his innings up but we would like to see from him is consistency in the strike zone," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "His arm is a big, live arm. His knock has always been not throwing it in the strike zone. What' interesting with him, when he misses he just misses around the plate."

Gonzalez: Braves prospect Peraza feeling pressure

Jose Peraza was the hot topic for the Atlanta Braves as spring training began but he has struggled at the plate going 0-12 so far this spring. Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Michael Cunningham on Thursday that he thinks Peraza is feeling the pressure a bit and has yet to relax and just play.

"It's like any guy whose name has been out there for four months," Gonzalez said before imitating a nervous batter. "But he'll be better off next time. It will be somebody else's turn (for the attention)."

Despite the early talk, it was always going to be a long shot that Peraza would make the Braves' final roster out of spring training. He has not seen an at-bat above the Double-A level so he was going to need a torrid spring to prove that he was ready to Braves officials.

MLB News

Hudson optimistic for season's start after spring debut

Tim Hudson made his spring debut on Wednesday throwing a scoreless inning for the San Francisco Giants in his first appearance since offseason ankle surgery. Following the game, Hudson expressed confidence that he will be able to join the Giants' rotation when the season opens and called his ankle a non-issue.

Dodgers seek 2nd MRI on free agent infielder Hector Olivera

Cuban free agent Hector Olivera was the hot topic early in the week but the news surrounding him has cooled just a bit. He remains unsigned although reports indicate that several teams are still interested. However, CBSSports' Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers requested a second MRI on Olivera's elbow and were, at least initially, turned down.

Olivera has thrown the ball well in workouts but there are rumors out there that he has a UCL issue that could eventually lead to Tommy John surgery.

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