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ATLANTA The countdown to Opening Day is no longer an exercise in days. Baseball is mere hours away now.
With the Braves returning from their spring training in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., a stint that saw offensive firepower on display, it will soon be time to see the new-look team on full display in the friendly confines of Turner Field. The Braves open the season with a six-game home stand against the Phillies and Cubs, starting Monday night.
Tim Hudson takes the mound for the third time as Atlanta's Opening Day starter (2006, 2008), his sixth time overall.
But with the 25-man roster set to go with intriguing 26-year-old prospect Evan Gattis making the team as a backup catcher, the storylines are beginning to shift away from the young guys fighting for roster spots shortstop Ramiro Pena and outfielder Jordan Schafer remained in the big leagues as well and back onto the key cogs in the Braves' machine.
The Chopcast team Cory McCartney, Jay Clemons and Zach Dillard (joining on the phone) gathered to discuss the remaining minor storylines before the national pastime returns. Here are some of the highlights:
-- Were there any surprises by who did and who did not make the 25-man roster? Players like Tyler Pastornicky and Joey Terdoslavich put together strong springs, but was it enough to edge out the experience of Schafer, Pena andor Gattis?
-- What are the expectations for Gattis this season?
-- Should there be any concern swirling around Jonny Venters' elbow injury, one in which he will visit the famed Dr. James Andrews for an examination? How much pressure does this now place on Jordan Walden and Eric O'Flaherty until the Braves' setup man can return?
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The left elbow of relief pitcher Johnny Venters forced him out of a spring training game on Tuesday. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution the 28-year-old will visit Dr. James Andrews early next week.
Venters has been one of the most reliable relief pitchers in baseball over the last three seasons. He also has made more appearances out of the bullpen then...
Atlanta wrapped up exhibition play in the Grapefruit League Thursday with another pitching gem. Their 20-15 record is only the third time since the Braves moved to Atlanta that they have won 20 games in Spring Training, having done so previously in 1994 and 2009.
The Braves had a successful spring due in part to the crushing offense of winter acquisition Justin Upton, rookie Evan...
ATLANTA -- Braves reliever Jonny Venters will have his ailing left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews.
Team officials say Venters will see the noted orthopedic surgeon Wednesday after the pitcher felt tightness in the elbow during his last spring training appearance.
Venters had to come out of Tuesday's game against Detroit and likely will start the season on the disabled...
Dan Uggla and Evan Gattis each hit a three-run homer, Mike Minor threw four scoreless innings and the Atlanta Braves beat a team comprised of the organization's Future Stars 10-0 on Saturday in an exhibition game at Trustmark Park.
Chris Johnson had a solo shot for the Braves, who played their final game before Monday's home opener against Philadelphia. Andrelton Simmons...
Born: December 5, 1988
Height: 6′ 2″
Drafted: 19th round, 596th overall, 2011 (Braves)
How Acquired: Trade for cash considerations (from Braves)
College: North Georgia College and State University
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