Atlanta Braves News
A rare bullpen hiccup by Jesse Biddle proved costly to the Atlanta Braves in a 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday night. Biddle’s rough night began with a fielding error when he tried to barehand a flip from Freddie Freeman at first. He lasted just a 1/3 of an inning allowing three hits and three runs (2 earned). Julio Teheran allowed another first inning run but settled in from there allowing just two hits and one run over six innings. He struck out six and walked just two. Ronald Acuna hit his second career lead-off home run.
Atlanta made another roster move prior to Saturday’s game recalling Kolby Allard from Triple-A Gwinnett to likely serve as a long relief option. Chad Bell was optioned back to Gwinnett in the corresponding move.
The Braves still have not announced who will start in Monday’s doubleheader but Brian Snitker confirmed on Saturday that Touki Toussaint is lined up as an option.
Chad Sobotka worked a clean ninth inning in his major league debut on Friday and is the latest young Braves pitcher with a chance to stick in the bullpen.
The Braves could be close to getting back some injured bullpen pieces as well. Sam Freeman is headed to Rome on Sunday to begin a rehab assignment. Additionally, Arodys Vizcaino is expected to start throwing next week after his second strip to the DL for shoulder inflammation.
“Vizzy starts throwing next week,” Snitker said. “It’s going to be a while before he gets back up. … He felt really good when we did this before. As he amped it up – we’ll see. Hopefully we took care of it this time.”
David Wright isn’t finished yet. Wright will make his 2018 season debut on Sunday when he begins a rehab assignment with the Mets’ Class A Advanced team in St. Lucie. He is scheduled to play five innings and will be his first action since last August.
Twins first baseman Logan Morrison will undergo season-ending hip surgery on his left hip and will be out an expected four-to-six months. Morrison signed with the Twins this offseason and has been a disappointment hitting just .186/.276/.368 with 15 home runs in 95 games.
The Mariners will be without reliever Sam Tuivailala for the remainder of the season after he suffered an Achilles injury which will require season-ending surgery. Seattle acquired Tuivailala from the Cardinals at the deadline and he threw just 5 1/3 innings in a Mariners uniform.
The San Francisco Giants honored former slugger Barry Bonds by retiring his number Saturday. Among those in attendance was Hall of Famer Willie Mays who took the opportunity to campaign for Bonds’ election into the Hall.
“When people talk about, ‘Oh, who’s the best ballplayer in the world?’ I don’t care,” Mays said. “I played my 20 years, 22 years, whatever it might be. Give somebody honor, that deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a type of fraternity that, when you get there, you’ll say, ‘Man, how did I get here?’ And I want him to have that honor be something that happens to him.”
”Vote this guy in!” Mays added.