Atlanta Braves News
Atlanta’s road trip ended with a thud in a 7-0 loss to the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Max Fried struggled again in a short performance. It was still a productive road trip for the Braves who finished with a 4-3 record and reduced their magic number to four. They will enjoy an off day on Monday before opening a three-game series against the Phillies on Tuesday.
The news wasn’t surprising given the severity of the situation but it stings nonetheless. The Braves will be without Charlie Culberson for the remainder of the season after he was hit in the face by a pitch on Saturday. Culberson suffered multiple facial fractures but won’t require surgery which is good news. Culberson’s injury is the latest blow to Atlanta’s bench unit which lost Johan Camargo earlier in the week.
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Craig Kimbrel took another step forward on Sunday when he completed a 20-pitch bullpen session without incident. The Cubs still say there isn’t a timeline for his return but if he is healthy then it is likely that they will try to get him back into action at some point before the end of the regular season.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout will undergo surgery on his right foot to remove the Morton’s neuroma that has been bothering him for about a month and will miss the remainder of the season.
Chris Archer’s season is finished as Pirates GM Neal Huntington informed reporters Sunday that they plan to shut the right-hander down. Archer has been bothered lately with pain in his right shoulder.
The Cubs may be close to getting Kimbrel back but another key player went down with an injury on Sunday. First baseman Anthony Rizzo had to be helped off the field after turning his ankle while fielding a bunt. X-rays came back negative but he will undergo an MRI exam on Monday.