Atlanta Braves News
Friday’s series opener between the Braves and the Indians was rained out which will result in a doubleheader on Saturday. Julio Teheran will get the start in Game 1 against Corey Kluber while Touki Toussaint will start Game 2 against Trevor Bauer.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal discussed the Braves and free agent Craig Kimbrel in his Friday notes column. While Alex Anthopoulos indicated on Wednesday that Atlanta would look at both internal and external candidates to help in the bullpen, the idea persists that the team is reluctant to pursue Kimbrel because signing him would cost the team its second round pick and the associated slot money that goes with the selection. Rosenthal acknowledges that the international penalties are a factor but points out that the Braves would likely have to part with a much better prospect to receive bullpen help on the trade market.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Steve Hummer caught up with John Smoltz as he discussed his recent appearance at the PGA Tour’s Champions event and also got his thoughts on the Braves’ start to the season. Smoltz discussed Craig Kimbrel and what he thinks Atlanta must do to remain in contention this season.
Grant McAuley and Nick Green discuss the latest on the Atlanta Braves, including what can be done to help fix the struggling bullpen.
New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom is on his way back to New York and will undergo an MRI exam on his ailing right elbow. DeGrom felt discomfort in the elbow after playing catch on Friday. He was scheduled to start Saturday’s game in St. Louis but will hit the injured list instead. The Mets and deGrom agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension back in March. He underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow back in 2010.
The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired catcher Blake Swihart from the Boston Red Sox on Friday in exchange for outfielder Marcus Wilson and international bonus pool money. Swihart was designated for assignment by the Red Sox earlier this week. The Diamondbacks have a number of ties to Boston including manager Torey Lovullo who served as the team’s bench coach from 2013-2016 before joining Arizona.
Major League Baseball handed down suspensions to several players following this week’s brawl between the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox. Royals right-hander Brad Keller was hit with a five-game ban while Tim Anderson and White Sox manager Rick Renteria were each hit with one-game bans.
Boston was busy on Friday as they also placed infielder Eduardo Nunez on the injured list due to a mid-back strain and called up their top prospect in infielder Michael Chavis.
With injuries piling up, the New York Yankees are adding some more veteran depth after agreeing to a minor-league contract with first baseman Logan Morrison. Morrison’s deal includes a July 1 opt out according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.