Atlanta Braves News
Mike Foltynewicz allowed five runs in the third inning and that was just enough to send the Atlanta Braves to a fourth straight loss. Atlanta rallied from a 5-1 deficit but once again came up just short.
To add insult to injury, Ronald Acuña Jr. left the game after legging out an infield single in the seventh inning. The injury was later identified as right groin tightness. He will be re-examined on Saturday but the thought is now that the injury isn’t serious.
Prior to Friday’s game, Atlanta placed Max Fried on the 10-day disabled list due to blister issues on his pitching hand. The team recalled reliever Evan Phillips to take Fried’s spot on the roster.
As the AJC’s David O’Brien points out, Fried has been dealing with blister issues off and on since becoming a professional.
Rosters for the 20th annual MLB Future Stars Game were announced on Friday and the Braves will be represented by pitching prospect Kyle Wright.
A wrist injury uncovered in a post-draft physical was the determining factor in the Braves not reaching an agreement with top draft pick Carter Stewart who will instead head to Mississippi State. It was the first time since 1995 that Atlanta failed to sign its top pick.
Eric Cole discusses the situation and what it means for the Braves going forward. Atlanta will receive a compensation pick in the 2019 Draft.
The Braves weren’t the only team not to sign their first round pick. Here are the other three teams that are in the same boat.
The Seattle Mariners announced on Friday that they have given a multi-year extension to general manager Jerry Dipoto. The Mariners have been one of the season’s biggest surprises of the season and Dipoto deserves credit. Terms of the deal were not released.
Mets’ right-handler Jenrry Mejia was conditionally reinstated by commissioner Rob Manfred on Friday and will be allowed to return to baseball activities at spring training in 2019. Mejia had received a permanent ban back in 2016 after he tested positive for PED’s for the third time.
Oakland is holding extension talks with slugger Khris Davis who has one year of arbitration remaining. Reports indicate that a deal isn’t close but the two sides are continuing to talk. There was similar dialogue before the season as well.
Multiple teams including the New York Yankees are reportedly considering acquiring Royals’ third baseman Mike Moustakas as a first base option.
Cubs prospect Oscar De La Cruz was hit with an 80-game suspension on Friday after he tested positive for furosemide which is the same masking agent that led to Robinson Cano’s suspension.