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Braves news and links: Eric O’Flaherty to the DL, more injury trouble for Shae Simmons

Atlanta Braves news and notes from Monday

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Braves News

Braves falter late in 9-8 loss to Reds

Aaron Blair struggled again as the Braves late comeback attempt fell just short in a 9-8 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Eric O’Flaherty placed on 15-day disabled list, Ryan Weber recalled

The Braves made a roster move prior to Monday’s series opener with the Reds placing reliever Eric O’Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a strained knee. The team re-called pitcher Ryan Weber to take O’Flaherty’s spot on the active roster.

Braves 2016 Minor League All-Stars

Shortstop Dansby Swanson headlines a group of Atlanta’s top performing minor league prospects so far this season.

Talking Chop Podcast Ep 17: Reviewing the MLB Draft and more with Scott Coleman

On this week’s podcast, Brad is joined by Scott Coleman as they take a look back at the MLB Draft and the state of the Braves’ middle infield now that Kelly Johnson has been traded while Erick Aybar and Jace Peterson have both returned.

Triceps discomfort slowing Simmons’ rehab

Shea Simmons was scratched from a scheduled rehab appearance in Mississippi on Saturday due discomfort around his right triceps muscle. This is the second reoccurrence of the injury for Simmons who is 15 months removed from Tommy John Surgery.

MLB News

Infielder Yulieski Gurriel declares free agency

Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel is a free agent and has been cleared to sign with any MLB team. Gurriel defected along with his brother earlier this year and will begin holding private workouts soon in hopes of landing a major league deal.

Brewers, Giants have preliminary talks about Ryan Braun

The trade deadline is just over a month away and Ryan Braun figures to be one of the biggest names available on the market. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants have had preliminary discussions with the Brewers about a potential Braun trade but that no deal is imminent.

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