Atlanta Braves News
The Atlanta Braves fell behind early and came up short at the end in a 7-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Ozzie Albies had four hits but Julio Teheran allowed seven runs in the loss. The Braves will try to avoid a sweep on Sunday.
Braves’ closer Arodys Vizcaino continues to deal with pain in his right shoulder. Vizcaino hasn’t pitched since last Sunday and was unavailable again for Saturday’s loss against the Orioles due to lingering soreness. Brian Snitker told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that the club is going to have to be mindful of Vizcaino’s workload going forward.
“It’s one of those spots in the year with him,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We went through it a couple times with him last year. There are times, he’s going to have to be down just to get him through the year.”
Needing a fresh arm for the bullpen, Atlanta recalled RHP Lucas Sims prior to Saturday’s game and optioned outfielder Preston Tucker. Sims wasn’t used on Saturday and had been slated to start for Gwinnett. He will slide into the long relief role now. After a good start to the season, Tucker’s opportunities have dwindled of late and he will head down where he can see some consistent playing time.
The Cincinnati Reds announced on Saturday that top prospect Nick Senzel will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right index finger. Senzel was hitting .310/.378/.509 with six home runs in 193 plate appearances at Triple-A this season.
The Oakland Athletics are expected to select the contract of veteran pitcher Edwin Jackson on Sunday. The A’s will be Jackson’s 13th team which will tie the major league record held by reliever Octavio Dotel.