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The Daily Chop: Hernandez, Minter, Roster Battles, and more

The Braves fell to the Red Sox on Monday amid a minor roster decision.

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves have a number of unsettled roster battles, two of which exist within the starting rotation. Felix Hernandez is among a handful of qualified candidates to fill one spot and continued his audition of Monday, holding the Red Sox to just one run across five innings of work. Hernandez managed to drop is ERA to an impressive 1.98 following this outing, which certainly bodes well for the right-hander as he looks to secure an Opening Day roster spot.

Hernandez may not be the flame-throwing ace that he once was, but his ability to limit opposing batters this spring has instilled hope that he may be capable of filling a rotation spot at least until Cole Hamels returns from injury.

Braves News

Braves offense stays quiet, Red Sox win 2-1

The Braves were held quiet with the bats, but Felix Hernandez and Touki Toussaint were very impressive on the mound in a 2-1 Braves loss.

Braves option A.J. Minter and Chad Sobotka to Triple-A Gwinnett

Two arms who were projected to provide meaningful innings for the Braves in 2019 were optioned to minor league camp on Monday. AJ Minter and Chad Sobotka were each valued members of the Braves bullpen entering last season, but have now been relegated to the minor leagues, at least for the time being.

Roster battle update: Braves facing 5 decisions

The Braves will have tough decisions in the very near future as they cut down their roster and also declare starters at third base and in the rotation. Here are five key battles that will need to be settled in the next two-plus weeks.

MLB News

GM: Conforto gets MRI, headed to NY (report)

The Mets already have concerns regarding one of their best hitters.

Lindor ends extension talks with Indians

Could the Indians be more aggressive in their pursuit of a trade partner?

Verlander on opener: ‘Probably take a miracle’

The Astros’ rotation continues to thin this offseason.

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