Atlanta Braves News
Freddie Freeman homered but Atlanta’s bullpen came apart late in a 9-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. Freeman’s homer was his 15th of the season but Sam Freeman, Peter Moylan and Luiz Gohara allowed seven runs in just three innings.
The Braves are looking for answers for their suddenly leaky bullpen and a shakeup in the rotation may provide some. With Julio Teheran slated to return from the disabled list on Sunday, a starter like Brandon McCarthy could be thrust into a bullpen role.
“That’s something we can look at,” Snitker said. “As we go into next week, we’re going to have to get a plan of what we’re going to do and how we’re going to structure the whole thing. It definitely could be an option.”
McCarthy knows that a decision about the rotation is coming but he tells the AJC’s Gabriel Burns that he isn’t thinking about what might happen.
“I passed that line of thinking years ago,” he said. “I don’t see how that helps me or helps us. It doesn’t do anything. My job here is what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to execute. Just go start-by-start and if things change, that’s things that are out of your hand. The more you focus on them, the more it distracts you from really good major-league hitters in the box trying to hit you.”
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a fracture in his left foot and will be sidelined an indefinite amount of time. A similar injury cost the Nationals’ Jayson Werth about three months last season. That would be a huge blow to the Royals as Soler is hitting .268/.358/.473 with nine home runs on the season.
Major League Baseball has handed down punishment to the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and Rangers’ Robinson Chirinos for their role in a scuffle that occurred after a collision at home plate. Chirinos served his suspension on Friday but Kemp is appealing.