Atlanta Braves News
Nick Markakis had two hits in his return from the injured list while Mike Soroka turned in a masterful performance on the mound in a 5-0 win by the Braves over the Nationals. Atlanta increases its division lead to 9.5 games over Washington and reduces its magic number to clinch the division to six.
As expected, Nick Markakis was activated from the injured list prior to Friday’s game. Markakis missed 43 games with a fractured wrist. The Braves got some bad news on the injury front as well when it was announced that Johan Camargo had been placed on the injured list with a fracture in his right shin. Camargo fouled a pitch off his leg in Philadelphia. The Braves haven’t yet ruled out a return for the playoffs for Camargo but that seems like it could be a stretch at this juncture.
FanGraphs’ Tony Wolfe examines the impact Dallas Keuchel’s addition has had for the Braves.
Atlanta’s Josh Donaldson comes in at No. 8 on Anthony Castrovince’s list of the 20 best free agents for the upcoming offseason. Gerrit Cole tops the list and is followed by Washington’s Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg.
Braves outfield prospects Cristian Pache and Drew Waters made MLB Pipeline’s list of 15 prospects who boosted their stock in 2019.
Grant McAuley recaps an eventful week for the Atlanta Braves. The great Jayson Stark of The Athletic joins to discuss the NL MVP race, Ronald Acuña’s quest for 40-40, the explosion of home runs in 2019 and the growing legacy of MIke Trout.
The Tampa Bay Rays will get reigning AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell back next Tuesday. Snell is expected to throw about three innings in his return. He has been out since late July when he underwent surgery to remove loose bodies in his elbow.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will get Max Muncy back Friday night but are still dealing with injuries to several more key players. Justin Turner will be out of the starting lineup for this weekend’s series against the Mets due to a sprained ankle. Left-hander Rich Hill is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left knee Monday. It is also unlikely that outfielder Alex Verdugo will be active for the first round of the playoffs. Verdugo has been out for over a month while dealing with lower back issues.