Veteran left-hander Paul Maholm gets the start when the Braves play host to righty Vance Worley and the Twins on Wednesday at Turner Field, looking for their sixth straight win.
Evan Gattis added to the wonder of his rookie season with a pinch-hit, two-out homer that gave the Braves life, and Freddie Freeman's single in the 10th gave Atlanta a 5-4 win over the Twins on Tuesday night at Turner Field.
Jordan Walden might not be quite ready to come off the disabled list when he becomes eligible for activation on Monday. But the right-handed reliever is confident his ailing right shoulder will be strong enough for him to rejoin Atlanta's injury-depleted bullpen at some point next week.
Second baseman Dan Uggla's decision to go with the bigger bat was simply a product of his willingness to change things up, as he entered Monday hitting .182 with seven homers through 39 games.
Outfielder Ralph Garr played the first eight seasons of his 13-year Major League career with the Braves from 1968-75. Legendary scout Paul Snyder spent the entirety of his 50-year professional baseball career with the Braves organization.
Julio Teheran produced the finest start of his young career, as he benefited from a four-run first inning and came two outs away from his first career shutout while leading the Braves to a 5-1 win over the Twins on Monday night at Turner Field.
The Braves announced reliever Eric O'Flaherty will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday afternoon in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure.
Andrelton Simmons does not want to develop the reputation of being a whiner. But after being on the wrong end of four questionable scoring rulings during this past weekend's series against the Dodgers, the Braves' shortstop petitioned two rulings from Friday night's win.
With Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters now out of the picture, closer Craig Kimbrel is the last man standing from the vaunted bullpen trio the Braves have possessed the past few years. The Braves will compensate for the absences of Venters and O'Flaherty by enhancing the roles of some of their less-tested relievers, including Luis Avilan, Cory Gearrin and Anthony Varvaro.
With emerging stars such as Jurickson Profar, Andrelton Simmons and Didi Gregorius calling Curacao home, the small island in the Caribbean Sea is quickly becoming the newest baseball hotbed.
Still riding the momentum of the late-inning home runs that propelled them to victories the previous two days, the Braves played some small ball and manufactured four eighth-inning runs to complete a three-game sweep with Sunday's 5-2 win against the Dodgers at a rain-soaked Turner Field.
Kris Medlen certainly had reason to be encouraged after limiting the Dodgers to two hits and one unearned run in seven innings of Saturday night's 3-1 win at Turner Field. But the Braves right-hander was frustrated that he issued three walks.
With the help of hitting coach Greg Walker, Chris Johnson has altered his approach against left-handed pitchers and found immediate success. With the three hits he recorded Saturday against Dodgers southpaw Chris Capuano, Johnson entered Sunday leading the Majors with a .435 batting average against left-handed pitchers.
As Eric O'Flaherty's left arm occasionally bothered him over the past few weeks, he was hopeful he could battle through it, like he had during last season's final month. But O'Flaherty's greatest fear was realized Saturday, when an MRI exam revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
The Atlanta Braves have been known for their admirable pitching depth, not only at the Major League level, but throughout their organization. They're going to require a show of that depth, now, and for some time to come.
Evan Gattis added to his legend with a two-run, pinch-hit home run off Kenley Jansen, and Andrelton Simmons followed with a home run of his own to cap a three-run eighth inning that provided the Braves a 3-1 win against the Dodgers.
In a rare show of in-game sportsmanship, Braves slugger Jason Heyward tipped his helmet in admiration after Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp robbed him of a potential home run.
Now that All-Star catcher Brian McCann and right fielder Jason Heyward have returned from their extended stints on the disabled list, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez faces the challenge of finding playing time for Evan Gattis.
Even after an MRI exam showed a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of O'Flaherty's left elbow Saturday, Braves general manager Frank Wren said the team would continue to utilize a six-man bullpen, which is also without Jordan Walden, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of right shoulder inflammation.
A Saturday MRI exam showed a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of setup man Eric O'Flaherty's left elbow. The Braves placed him on the 15-day disabled list, and O'Flaherty will visit Dr. James Andrews within the next few days to learn whether he will need to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
The Braves have played 63.4 percent of their games on the road. And they have played considerable stretches of the early season without some of their most important personnel. It's not hard to see that even in first place, their overall direction should be upward.
Justin Upton carried the Braves through the month of April with a flurry of home runs. But none of them were as timely as the monstrous sixth-inning grand slam that proved decisive in Friday night's 8-5 win against the Dodgers at Turner Field.
Jonny Venters understands that he endured a heavy workload during his first two seasons at the Major League level. But a day after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in eight years, the Braves left-handed reliever expressed no regrets.
Brandon Beachy will move closer to a return to Atlanta's rotation Sunday, when he is scheduled to start for Triple-A Gwinnett. It will be the first official Minor League rehab start for the right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery last June.
Confident that Jason Heyward had taken all of the necessary steps to recover from an emergency appendectomy, the Braves activated the right fielder from the disabled list Friday, then reaped the benefits a few hours later, as he recorded two hits and drew a key walk in an 8-5 series-opening win against the Dodgers at Turner Field.
An obvious sense of discouragement was displayed as the Braves packed their bags and prepared to exit Arizona's Chase Field late Wednesday afternoon. For the second time in less than a month, they had completed a grueling 10-game road trip in disappointing fashion.
Jonny Venters underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament on Thursday afternoon in Gulf Breeze, Fla. This marked the second time in eight years that Dr. James Andrews performed the surgical procedure on the Braves reliever.
J.R. Graham, the Braves' No. 1 prospect and No. 95 overall, was put on the disabled list on Tuesday with what was officially listed as a right shoulder strain.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez recognizes the potential consequences of working with a six-man bullpen. But if his starting pitchers continue to perform like they have throughout most of the early part of this season, there might not be a need to carry a seventh reliever.
Few people know Tim Hudson as well as Eric Chavez. Unfortunately for Hudson, this proved to be a detriment on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field. Chavez drew first blood with a first-inning RBI single and then delivered a two-out, two-run double in the four-run fifth that sunk the Braves in a 5-3 loss to the D-backs.