Atlanta Braves News
Anibal Sanchez turned in another solid performance on the mound but the Atlanta Braves just couldn’t find any offense in a 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Atlanta’s offense has struggled for a while now but it doesn’t sound like Brian Snitker is ready to alter his lineup in any meaningful way. Snitker told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman after Friday’s loss that it isn’t just player and that the whole team is struggling.
“I’ll be honest with you: Nobody is really hot right now,” Snitker said. “So, you wonder where to go. A lot of times when I do the lineup [changes], it’s for individual reasons, not team-type things.”
“I don’t know where the pieces are to put them together to all of a sudden have offense when we’re not hitting on all cylinders as a team,” Snitker said. “It’s not just one guy. It’s a team-type thing.”
The Braves made a roster move prior to Friday’s game recalling outfielder Preston Tucker from Triple-A to take Luiz Gohara’s spot on the active roster. Tucker hit .232/.259/.339 in 15 games at Gwinnett since being demoted.
Atlanta optioned Gohara to Triple-A after Wednesday’s game and the plan for him according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman is to make a couple of starts and then possibly join Atlanta’s rotation on July 24 when a fifth starter is needed against the Marlins.
Mike Soroka still hasn’t resumed throwing since going on the disabled list back on June 27 but he is holding out hope that he will be able to return and provide a late season boost for the Braves.
The pursuit of Manny Machado for several teams is starting to heat up. The Philadelphia Phillies on Friday reportedly increased their offer to Baltimore according to a report by the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
The Mets activated Noah Syndergaard from the disabled list on Friday where he had been since late May due to a ligament injury in his right index finger.
Dodgers infielder and former Phillies’ great Chase Utley announced on Friday that he will retire at the end of the 2018 season.
Peter Bourjos has agreed to a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Bourjos elected free agency after being designated for assignment by the Braves for the second time this season earlier this month.