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Now that numerous players have come out and confronted their anxiety disorders publicly, there is no longer a stigma surrounding a player heading to the DL with such a diagnosis - at least not publicly. So, it would normally not be surprising for a team like the Atlanta Braves to place a player like Luis Ayala on the 15-day DL with anxiety issues. However, Ayala has never had issues in the past.
Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Consitution explained that Ayala's anxiety disorder stems from recent problems he had with high blood pressure. This news came straight from GM Frank Wren. Wren said Ayala first started having the blood pressure issues last week in Colorado. From there he had multiple trips to the hospital to get treatment.
“I think he started getting very anxious about just the way he was feeling and really wasn’t able to get a lot of relief,” Wren said.
Ayala is a nine-year veteran of the Major Leagues. He has spent the last few seasons bouncing around the league though. The 35-year old reliever has played for seven different teams since 2008. That means his services are needed in places, but they are not needed long-term. This isn't to say Ayala isn't valuable, he just can't seem to stick anywhere.
In his nine seasons, Ayala has appeared in 502 games. Over that time, he has compiled a solid 3.38 ERA. So far this season, Ayala is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five appearances.
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ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 8-1 triumph over the Nationals on Tuesday, aka the night of Tim Hudson's 200th career victory:
1. The third time was the charm in Hudson's bid for 200
In the press box during the latter innings, we had a tough time confirming whether Hudson became the 111th or 113th pitcher to enter the 200 Club (Baseball Reference...
ATLANTA -- With one late January move, Braves general manager Frank Wren altered the course of his franchise's season, bringing in Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to square away one of baseball's best lineups on one of baseball's best teams. At least that's how the Atlanta-Arizona blockbuster looks now.
When Wren pulled the trigger on what was appropriately dubbed...
ATLANTA -- Taking three cuts after the Braves beat the Nationals 3-2 to end their four-game losing streak at Turner Field on Monday night.
1. The bullpen was at its lockdown best, once again
It had been five days since Craig Kimbrel last took the mound, when he saw a two-run lead over the Rockies turn into his first blown save of the season and just his fourth in his last 54 save...
Tuesday in Atlanta, Tim Hudson won the 200th game of his marvelous Major League Baseball career.
I hope you were paying attention.
Hudson became only the 110th pitcher in MLB history to accomplish the feat, according to STATS LLC. For context, 236 pitchers have thrown no-hitters. So, Hudson's new distinction is more than twice as rare as having thrown a no-hitter.
ATLANTA -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann made quick work of the Braves, pitching two-hit ball over eight innings. The game was played in a brisk 2 hours, 15 minutes on a night when both Zimmermann and Atlanta starter Paul Maholm threw a lot of great pitches.Here are three takeaways from the pitchers' duel:
1. The strikeouts are going to come.
Even with the best record...
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Lunchtime invite to the Braves game meant no time arrange to leave work early or to pick up my camera from the shop (where the focus issues are supposed to be repaired now, yay!). But I'll almost never turn down Braves tickets, so I took a few phone photos to share. Tweeted most of them, but in case you didn't see...
Gameday program was mostly Gattis...
Tim Hudson defeated the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night to earn his 200th career victory. It was a complete performance by Hudson who used his arm and his bat to defeat the division rival.
On the mound Hudson was his usual self going seven innings allowing one run. The veteran starter recorded six strikeouts and relied on the ground ball. In Hudson’s seventh and final inning...
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Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has only three home runs in his career, and his most recent big fly may not have made its way into the stands without a little help from Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.
During the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the 37-year-old Hudson proved that he still has the strength to send a ball...
And so, another bad night for the Nats Tuesday night in Atlanta (still waiting for Danny Espinosa's latest assessment of the Braves), but at least there was Gio Gonzalez's fantastic diving catch of a bunt by Andrelton Simmons in the second inning.
Gio on his muddled start (4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 95 pitches!?, 56 strikes):
"Today's one of those...
PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero is hardly surprised that Justin Upton broke loose with a 12-home run April in his new Atlanta home. He has seen Upton flex before.
That does mean Upton would have done the same had he stayed in Sedona red, Montero said.
We all know he is capable of that,'' said Montero, who played with Upton from 2007 to 2012. "The big...
Bryce Harper should be credited with an assist on Tim Hudson‘s home run Tuesday night.
In the fifth inning of the Nationals-Braves game, Harper nearly made a highlight-reel catch on a fly ball off the bat of Atlanta’s starting pitcher. But instead of hauling it in, the ball bounced off the young outfielder’s glove and over the right-field fence.
It’s embarrassing enough...
Tuesday night, Tim Hudson became just the third active pitcher (Andy Pettitte and Roy Halladay) to reach 200 victories. And dude did it in style.
The righty scattered three hits over seven stellar innings and blasted his third career home run (you can credit Bryce Harper with the assist) while powering the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.
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Justin Upton launched his major league leading 12th home run of the season this week. He hit just 17 a year ago, and is currently on pace to shatter his career high of 31 back in 2011. The same can’t be said for his brother B.J. Upton, who has just three home runs, and is hitting a paltry .143 on the season. Freddie...
Tim Hudson won his 200th game on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals, becoming just the 110th pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone. On the same evening, Roy Halladay allowed 8 earned runs (3 HR) to the Cleveland Indians in 3.67 IP at Progressive Field.
Is Tim Hudson the most underrated pitcher in the 21st century? Has the Atlanta Braves ace pitched to the level...