This may have been Julio Teheran’s second trip to the All-Star Game, but last night was the first time that the 25-year-old Colombian got to actually play in the Midsummer Classic. He came on in the fifth inning and had a clean 1-2-3 outing. The National League may have lost (again), but Teheran did a good job of representing himself and the Braves on Tuesday night.
Speaking of Julio Teheran, you know that nowadays we can’t speak his name without mentioning trade rumors, right? However, it seems as if those days may be numbered, as John Copolella flatly stated in an interview with the AJC that the team would not be trading Teheran any time soon.
We’ve now got a timetable on Tyler Flowers’ and his return from a broken hand, and it could be a very long time until we see Flowers behind the plate again. An initial report said that Flowers would be out for four-to-six weeks with a broken hand, but then Mark Bowman stated that he heard that six weeks would be the minimum and that we may not see Flowers again until September. Yikes.
While Julio Teheran appears to be staying with the Braves, basically any veteran on a short-term contract is probably still up for sale. That means that it’s Jeff Francoeur’s turn to be mentioned in trade rumors.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports Francoeur could be one the veterans the Atlanta Braves move by the Aug. 1 deadline. "Francoeur still has a very good arm and would be a good platoon player with a left-handed hitter," writes Cafardo.
Signed to only a one-year deal, Francoeur would appear to be a logical trade chip for the rebuilding Braves. In 99 at-bats against lefty pitching, Francoeur is hitting .303/.349/.475 with four homers in 99 at-bats.
The American League will get to enjoy home field advantage in the World Series for the fourth straight year after they beat the National League 4-2 in last night’s All-Star Game. The AL All-Stars showed plenty of flash with the glove last night, but Eric Hosmer won MVP honors thanks to his bat. He hit a solo homer to tie the game, and then his Royals teammate Salvador Perez hit a two-run shot that put the AL in front for good.