With a quick two-game series in Miami, the Braves will turn to Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia to right the ship before the team heads home. Colon pitched well in his Braves debut against the Mets, going six innings while striking out six and allowing one run. Jaime Garcia was impressive early in his start in New York, but faded later on, allowing four runs in his six innings of work. They will be opposed by Dan Straily and Tom Koehler, respectively.
It was reported on Sunday former Braves outfielder Otis Nixon was missing and had it been seen in over 24 hours. This news was alarming, but luckily Nixon was found unharmed early Monday. No further information has been released regarding the circumstances surrounding Nixon’s disappearance, but it is certainly relief that he was found.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com fielded some fan questions on Monday, one of which was with regards to the defensive miscues have plagued the Braves in the early going. Bowman didn't sound overly optimistic on that front, stating how many positions had considerable question marks entering the season. Bowman did answer a question about the Braves pitching prospects who could possibly join the bullpen later this season:
Mauricio Cabrera might no longer fit prospect status, but if his right elbow continues to cooperate, he could be a key addition to the bullpen near the end of April. Not too far behind might be A.J. Minter, the left-hander who is the best relief prospect developed within Atlanta's system since Craig Kimbrel. Coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2016, Minter pitched once every three days as he posted 1.30 ERA over 34 2/3 innings at three Minor League levels. He was sidelined most of Spring Training because of an inflamed nerve near his elbow, but he is scheduled to make his season debut with Class A Advanced Florida on Tuesday. Minter has been assigned to Florida to allow him to pitch in warm weather, but he could soon be elevated to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Wil Myers hit for the cycle on Monday, a rare feat that is especially rare in Padres history. Myers finished the game 4-for-4, helping the Padres to beat the Rockies in Coors Field. Interestingly, the other Padre to hit for the cycle: Matt Kemp in 2015, at Coors Field.
The banners for 1908 and 2016 wave side-by-side, an almost incomprehesible title drought ended and now celebrated with the unveiling of a new addition above Wrigley Field. This is not all that newsworthy in Braves circles, but 108 years is such a long time that it feels wrong not to mention it somewhere. So there you go Cubs, I hope I’m around to write about the next banner raised in 2124.