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  • Braves' Spencer Strider: Less damage than expected

    Strider suggested Friday that he could be back on a mound early next season after doctors found that his ligament was in "surprisingly good" shape during surgery, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

    The right-hander indicated that the internal bracing procedure he underwent last week ended up being necessary because of a loose bone fragment in his elbow that had developed over the last couple years. "That's what destabilized the ligament," Strider said. Atlanta will likely be cautious with its ace's recovery, but the fact that he avoided Tommy John surgery and the relatively positive news about the state of his ligament are strong signs that he could still have significant fantasy value in 2025.

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  • Braves' Michael Harris: Homers in win

    Harris went 2-for-4 with a home run and scored two runs during Friday's win over Texas.

    Left-handed starter Andrew Heaney held Harris hitless in his two at-bats against him, but the 23-year-old outfielder singled in the sixth inning to set up a four-run frame for Atlanta, and his solo homer in the eighth gave the team an extra bit of insurance against the reigning World Series champions. Harris has now collected a hit in 12 of his last 13 games and is slashing .263/.276/.421 in that span.

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  • Braves' Travis d'Arnaud: Slugs three homers

    D'Arnaud went 3-for-4 with three home runs and six RBI during Friday's 8-3 victory over the Rangers.

    D'Arnaud hadn't registered a home run in his first 14 contests before going deep three times Friday -- the first time he's done so in one game since 2019. His offensive outburst propelled him from a .591 OPS to .819 through 52 plate appearances this season.

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  • Braves' Chris Sale: Fans seven during win

    Sale (2-1) earned the win Friday versus Texas, surrendering three earned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven batters across seven innings.

    Sale got off to a poor start Friday by allowing a leadoff home run to Marcus Semien, but he was able to pull it together quickly and keep the Rangers relatively quiet while Atlanta's offense gave him a nice lead to work with. The 35-year-old southpaw has now reached seven innings in back-to-back starts, though his ERA remains at 4.38 through 24.2 innings. He is lined up to make his next start Wednesday against the Marlins.

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  • Braves' Jarred Kelenic: On bench against southpaw

    Kelenic is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers.

    Kelenic is 2-for-13 with six strikeouts over his past four games and will sit Friday since lefty Andrew Heaney is starting for Texas. Adam Duvall will receive another start in left field as the pair of outfielders continue to platoon the position.

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  • Braves' Luis Guillorme: Sits vs. lefty

    Guillorme is out of the lineup for Friday's game against Texas.

    The 29-year-old started the past two games at second base after Ozzie Albies (toe) was placed on the injured list, but the lefty-hitting Guillorme will sit Friday as southpaw Andrew Heaney pitches for the Rangers. David Fletcher will take over at the keystone and bat ninth.

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  • Braves' Luke Williams: Added to roster

    Atlanta selected Williams' contract from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.

    He's taking Forrest Wall's roster spot, giving Atlanta some more infield protection with Ozzie Albies (toe) out. Williams has a career .225/.281/.295 slash line over parts of three major-league seasons.

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  • Braves' Forrest Wall: Optioned to Triple-A

    Wall was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett by Atlanta on Friday.

    Wall has been on Atlanta's roster since Opening Day but didn't make a start and received just one plate appearance. He's being replaced on the roster by Luke Williams, who offers more defensive versatility.

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  • Braves' Marcell Ozuna: Power surge continues Wednesday

    Ozuna went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Astros.

    The veteran slugger got Atlanta on the board in the second inning, leading off the frame by crushing a J.P. France sweeper 432 feet to left field. Ozuna is tied with Mike Trout for the MLB lead with eight homers, and Wednesday's blast extended his hitting streak to 16 games -- a stretch in which he's slashed .379/.431/.788 with 13 runs and 23 RBI, in addition to all eight long balls.

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  • Braves' Ronald Acuna: Finally goes yard

    Acuna went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Astros.

    It took 17 games, but last year's NL MVP finally went deep in 2024, as Acuna got hold of a J.P. France sweeper to lead off the fifth inning and launched it 422 feet to straightaway center field. Despite the slow start in the power department, the 26-year-old has still been very productive from a fantasy perspective, slashing .294/.400/.397 with six RBI, eight steals and 17 runs scored -- third in the Senior Circuit behind Mookie Betts (22) and Ketel Marte (20).

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  • Braves' Raisel Iglesias: Collects fifth save

    Iglesias walked one in a scoreless 10th inning Wednesday to record his fifth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Astros.

    After Atlanta grabbed the lead in the top of the 10th, Iglesias walked Kyle Tucker on five pitches to lead off the bottom of the frame and set up a double play, and the right-hander got one from Jeremy Pena to end the game. Iglesias is still looking for his peak velocity -- he topped out at 94.6 mph with his sinker Wednesday, below last season's 95.0 mph average -- and he has just a 3:1 K:BB through his first 6.1 innings. However, the 34-year-old is 5-for-5 in converting save chances and sports a 2.84 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. His job as Atlanta's closer remains secure.

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  • Braves' Max Fried: Control wavers Wednesday

    Fried came away with a no-decision in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Astros, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out two.

    The southpaw also uncorked a wild pitch and tossed only 52 of his 96 pitches for strikes, continuing a somewhat shaky start to the season. Fried has managed only one quality start in his four trips to the mound, and while his 7.71 ERA and 1.96 WHIP will come down, his 12:9 K:BB through 16.1 innings has been far from dominant. He'll try to get on track in his next outing, which lines up for a home start against the Marlins early next week.

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  • Braves' Darius Vines: Nabs second start

    Vines is slated to start Sunday's game against the Rangers at Truist Park, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    As expected, Vines will wind up getting at least one more turn through the rotation while filling in for Spencer Strider (elbow), who underwent season-ending surgery last week. In his 2024 MLB debut Monday, Vines was dealt a no-decision in Atlanta's 6-1 win over Houston after striking out four over 4.2 innings while allowing one run on four hits and three walks. He was lifted after 80 pitches Monday, but he could have that workload restriction loosened a bit if he's more efficient this weekend in a matchup with the reigning World Series champions. Even though Strider is out of the picture for 2024, Atlanta has plenty of appealing young arms in the upper levels of the minors, so Vines will need to continue to pitch well in his subsequent starts to ensure he sticks in the rotation on a more permanent basis.

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  • Braves' Orlando Arcia: Clubs first homer of 2024

    Arcia went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, an additional RBI and an additional run scored during Tuesday's win over the Astros.

    Arcia's put together seven multi-hit games thus far; however, it took the shortstop 16 games to notch his first long ball of the season. Despite the lack of home-run production, Arcia has still been putting up solid power numbers. He's generated seven doubles and boasts a .544 slugging percentage which, as it stands, would be a career high.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .290
(1st)
116
(2nd)
24
(6th)
4.33
(21st)

Injuries

Player Injury
O. Albies 2B Ozzie Albies 2B Toe
S. Murphy C Sean Murphy C Oblique
S. Strider SP Spencer Strider SP Elbow
A. Perdomo RP Angel Perdomo RP Elbow

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