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Jordan Schafer earned the starting job in center field in 2009 for the Braves. Four years later the now 26-year-old outfielder returns to the Braves as a bench player.
On Tuesday the Braves announced that Schafer had made their opening day roster albeit as a backup. The team also announced that pitcher David Carpenter, infielder Tyler Pastornicky, and outfielder Jose Costanza would begin the season in the minors.
A lot has changed with the Braves since Schafer first appeared in the big leagues with the team. The outfield will consist of BJ and Justin Upton and Jason Heyward.
Schafer hardly earned the roster spot this spring. He managed just a .241/.323/.293 line over 65 plate appearances but he was out of minor league options which would have left him open for another team to sign.
In July of 2011 the Braves traded Schafer and a pair of minor league pitcher to Houston for Michael Bourn. This past November they claimed him off waivers from Houston.
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The Braves put out a press release yesterday about What's new at Turner Field in 2013. You can read it all through that link, and I just wanted to discuss a few things...
H&F Burger is replacing the prominent McCann's Burgers stands. I flipped out about this a little when I first heard about it from a Braves employee. The McCann burger will be on the Chop House menu...
The Legend of Gattis is heading to Atlanta.
Evan Gattis, a 26-year-old prospect who spent four years out of baseball, has claimed the final spot on the Braves' bench, answering one of the last remaining questions as the team prepares for Opening Day.
With Brian McCann out with a shoulder injury, Gattis will backup Gerald Laird, though with Laird nursing a left calf strain and...
This is my favorite Brave, Jonny Venters. That is his left elbow. Apparently right now it is hurt.
I don't like this.
Venters left game with left-elbow sprain, according to #Braves
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) March 26, 2013
At the time he was placed on DL last summer, Venters said the elbow had "flared up" from time to time previously during season.
That familiar face over at third base is gone.
Time for the Atlanta Braves to go through another changing of the guard.
Goodbye, Chipper Jones.
Hello, Jason Heyward and the Brothers Upton.
The Braves head into a new era with the same high expectations - make the playoffs, contend for a championship - even though Jones won't be holding down a spot in the middle of the lineup...
Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters was removed in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game against the Detroit Tigers because of a sprained left elbow.
Venters replaced Jordan Walden at the start of the inning in his first appearance since March 13 , when he forced in a run against Miami by walking four straight batters.
He allowed a leadoff homer to Don Kelly that tied the score...
SIGNED/RESIGNED: Reed Johnson (OF), Gerald Laird (C), B.J. Upton (CF), Ramiro Pena (INF),
TRADED FOR: Jordan Walden (P), Justin Upton (OF), Chris Johnson (3B),
Eric Hinske (1B), Michael Bourn (OF), Lyle Overbay (1B), David Ross (C), Ben Sheets (P), Chipper Jones (3B), Tommy Hanson (P...
Tim Hudson pitched four innings in his final spring tuneup while Braves reliever Jonny Venters left early with a sprained elbow Tuesday in Atlanta's 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Hudson allowed one run. He is set to start the opener next Monday at home against Philadelphia.
Venters exited in the sixth after hurting his left elbow in his first appearance since March 13, when...
Just a few days after St. Louis Cardinals’ Jason Motte suffered a forearm/elbow injury resulting in a start on the DL, another team expected to contend for the postseason suffers a bad blow. Atlanta Braves All Star set-up man Jonny Venters left today’s game vs. Detroit in Lakeland, Florida. Venters was struggling in the outing, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks while retiring only...