Atlanta Braves News
The Atlanta Braves dropped to 0-3 against the Kansas City Royals this season Tuesday night with a 9-6 loss. Julio Tehran’s recent struggles continued as he allowed six runs in just 2 1/3 innings. Atlanta will wrap up the brief two-game series on Wednesday.
As if the Braves weren’t already dealing with injury concerns to Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuña Jr. exited Tuesday’s loss early due to a sore hip. Acuña felt tightness in his left hip while chasing a fly ball in the second inning. He exited and Brian Snitker told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman after the game that Acuña will be considered day-to-day. With an off day on Thursday, it is likely that Acuña will sit out Wednesday’s series finale against the Royals.
The Braves will push Mike Soroka’s scheduled start back to Sunday which lines him up to be their likely starter in Game 3 of the division series. That will give him a couple of extra days of rest and puts Dallas Keuchel and Mike Foltynewicz in position to be the starters in Game 1 and Game 2 at SunTrust Park.
The Braves remain confident that four straight off days will be sufficient for Freddie Freeman to recover from his sore elbow. Brian Snitker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Gabe Burns Tuesday that Freeman was feeling better and that he is still expected to rejoin the team Friday in New York.
Ender Inciarte is on track to return from his hamstring injury but the Braves are weighing their options. The plan originally was for Inciarte to rejoin the team on Friday in New York but the team is considering sending him to the instructional league in Florida where he could receive more live at-bats in simulated situations. Barring a setback, he should be an option for the team’s postseason roster.
Marlins outfielder Curtis Granderson will be a free agent at the end of the season but he wants to continue playing in 2020. Granderson is 38 years old and has struggled for most of this season hitting .186/.286/.355 in 132 games so he may have his work cut out for him in finding another gig.
If you are feeling down about Atlanta’s loss in Kansas City and their recent rash of injuries here is something that will make you feel better. The “stupid money” Phillies were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to the Nationals in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Despite signing Bryce Harper they are once again destined for a fourth-place finish in the NL East division.