Atlanta Braves News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.