Venters is still making slow progress, waiting to hear any day that he might begin a rehab assignment, but nothing set yet. Beachy and Medlen are just now coming up to the six-month area where they begin light throwing, so until they start doing that there's nothing new to report there. Still way too early to know whether it'll be closer to 12 months or longer from their surgeries before they return, but generally for a second TJ it's closer to 14-16 months.
Don't know, haven't heard. They're one of the teams that keeps a good lid on that type of thing, and it's not something that's made public. So unless one of a few national writers who spend a lot of time digging and have sources who leak that info provide it, we generally don't find out. And it's not important because teams routinely put many/most of their players on recocable waivers simply to gauge interest, to see which other teams might be possible trade partner in the offseason, for instance. Or, to confirm there is indeed no one who wants a player or is willing to risk getting stuck with that player's salary. You can rest assured that B.J. Upton cleared waivers, for intance. No question.
Yes, if I had not jinxed him, he certainly would've continued and pitched a no-hitter. Next question, Wichita you're on the line....
Guys with big-league experience who are on 40-man roster and could help if needed, like Bethancourt, Terdo, Shreve, Jaime, Pastornicky if healthy. But I wouldn't look for many more than that, not with team in playoff race.
There's 31 games to go, and I don't know how many. Right now Giants are only a half-game ahead and not playing well. Couple teams are close behind Braves, etc. If I had to guess, maybe 18 wins.
Don't know. Depends how it goes down. if they play better from here on out, for instance, then lose a close game in wild card, it's different than if they muddle through, get the wild card because other teams also muddled through, and then get their doors blown off in wild-card game.
Yes, like he has so far. It's been Bonifacio playing CF every fourth day so far, but I could see it becoming every third day or more if B.J. continues doing what he's doing.
Because a national writer asked someone with one or both teams in order to fill part of a weekly newsy tidbits column sort of thing. Nothing more. It hasn't been a subject on front burner since deadline passed, though it will be again this offseason.
Braves are cold!
Braves are hot!
Braves are dead!
Braves are alive!
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Peraza (part II): He's tearing up the minors (currently hitting .364 at Mississippi. But I don't see how you take La Stella out of that job right now. That's just me.
I think it's definitely possible/probable regarding Bethancourt, not sure about Peraza.
I think Jason is gone. I think that was determined when he signed his 2-year contract, even if both sides publicly said it was a chance for him to determine his value. I suppose if his hitting problems continue that the market might not be as strong as he hopes but even then I don't see him staying.
Again, I'm sure Frank Wren would love to unload Upton but he tried for a year to get somebody to take Uggla's contract and he couldn't. Upton is owed a lot more than Uggla was.
Asked and answered: a minor deal for a bench player or bullpen help.
In some years, I would say yes. At this deadline, I would say no because I don't believe this team is built for a great playoff run. In other words, I don't think it's a one-player-away-team.
I agree, it's tough coming off the bench to hit. But that's the job.
A leadoff hitter, no matter what position he plays.
Depending on how this season unfolds, I believe something has to change. That's all I'm going to say right now until I see what happens.