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Braves News: Rain out shuffles rotation plans

Rain out allows Braves to avoid fifth starter decision for now.

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Atlanta Braves News

Braves, Nationals rained out on Saturday

The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals were rained out on Saturday. No make-up date has been announced yet largely because rain is also in the forecast for Sunday.

Saturday’s postponement alters Braves’ plans

The rain out gives Ozzie Albies an extra day of recovery after he left Friday’s game with tightness in his right hamstring. It also allows the Braves to delay a decision about a fifth starter. Mike Foltynewicz will start Sunday’s game with Sean Newcomb now set to go on Monday. That will push Julio Teheran back to Tuesday against the Marlins. The team had been leaning towards giving Max Fried the start in Tuesday’s game.

MLB Mets

Yoenis Cespedes may need season-ending surgery

Yoenis Cespedes returned to the Mets lineup on Friday and homered after what was nearly a two-month stint on the disables list for various lower body injuries. However, Cespedes told reporters after the game that he was dealing with calcification in both of his heels and may require season-ending surgery which would keep him out for 8-10 months. That was news to his manager Mickey Callaway who was apparently unaware when reporters asked about Cespedes’ comments.

Athletics Acquire Jeurys Familia

Speaking of the Mets, New York traded closer Jeurys Familia to the Oakland Athletics for a pair of minor leaguers and some international bonus pool money on Saturday. Oakland will assume the full $3 million remaining on Familia’s contract.

Cardinals Place Carlos Martinez On DL With Right Oblique Strain

The Cardinals placed righ-handler Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with an oblique strain. This is Martinez’s second trip to the DL this season after having missed a month earlier due to a lat strain.

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