Hanson, Heyward sent to minors

   Orlandisnopolis, Fla. – For those who still hadn’t seen the figurative writing on the wall regarding the Braves’ rotation plans, things should be clearer after Tommy Hanson and Jo-Jo Reyes were included in today’s roster cuts.
  Ascendant 19-year-old hitting prospects Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman will also be included in the round of eight cuts, to be announced after today’s game against the Blue Jays.

Heyward

Heyward

   But we all (surely?) knew Heyward and Freeman were going to be sent down, since they’re not on the roster and  both played at low-A Rome last season. They’ll begin this season at high-A Myrtle Beach.
   Anyway, regarding Hanson: Most figured there was no way the Braves’ uber-prospect was going to be in the major league rotation to begin the season, not after Tom Glavine re-signed with the Braves last month.
   The Braves didn’t add Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez and Kenshin Kawakami this winter — that trio will make about $33 million this season — or re-sign Glavine with the intentions of releasing one before opening day. Certainly they weren’t going to send one of those veterans to the minors unless it was to rehab.
  There’s still at least a slim chance Glavine won’t be ready to make his first scheduled start April 18, but only if his recent progress is interrupted, if he has a setback in his recovery from shoulder and elbow surgeries.
   In that event, or if one of the others has any health issue, then, as manager Bobby Cox told me an hour ago, the Braves could recall either Hanson or Reyes from Triple-A Gwinnett and plug one of them into the rotation, if necessary.
  ”Both Jo-Jo and Tommy Hanson have had tremendous springs,” said Cox, who explained that the moves were made because the Braves are “running out of innings” in big-league camp — they got Vazquez andJorge Campillo back from the WBC recently — and Reyes and Hanson need regular work in minor league spring games to prepare for the season.
  ”If somebody goes down, we’ve got two guys ready to go,” Cox said.
  Hanson was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four Grapefruit League games, allowing 14 hits and six walks with 14 strikeouts in 14-2/3 innings.
   “He can pitch here right now,” Cox said.
  Hanson, who threw a 14-strikeout no-hitter in Double-A last season and utterly dominated the Arizona Fall League (first pitcher to be MVP of that prospect-laden league), said he fully expected to be sent down at some point during spring training. So he wasn’t disappointed or upset.
   “I kind of figured it was coming,” he said. “Right now I’m just focused on getting ready for the season, wherever that is. When they say, ‘Go out and pitch,’ I’ll just go out and pitch.’”
   Reyes was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four games, with nine hits and three walks allowed in 13 innings. He appears to have made significant strides since his woeful 2008 season, when he was 3-11 with a 5.81 ERA.
   “Jo-Jo’s a pitcher now,” Cox said. “He’s learned how to pitch, and his composure on the mound is so much better.”
   Reyes said he knows he just needs to be consistent, to avoid the big slumps that sunk his statistics during his 1-1/2 seasons in the majors.
   “I did all I could do [this spring],” Reyes said. “Just got to keep working at it, and everything will fall into place.”

 

  ◊Heyward, a strapping outfielder from Henry County High outside Atlanta, and Freeman, a first baseman from California, are both expected to start the season at high-Class A Myrtle Beach after starring (and rooming together) at Class A Rome in 2008.
   To say these guys are exceptional, both on and off the field, is an understatement. You can’t find anyone who’s been around them all spring, or in the minors, who doesn’t rave about their abilities and about their attitudes and intelligence.
   Despite being younger than almost anyone getting regular playing time in major league spring games, they ranked among the Braves’ most productive hitters in several categories during the early weeks of Grapefruit League games (Heyward still does, in fact).
   Both said they enjoyed every minute of their time in camp — and learned plenty from the coaches and players they talked to and observed every day.
  Heyward hit .308 (12-for-39) with two home runs, three RBIs and 10 strikeouts in a team-high 23 games before today. (both players were kept in camp to play in Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays).Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
   “Baseball at its best,” Heyward said of the big-league experience. “To come here and do what I did, it definitely builds confidence. To come in and get a taste of it, it’s a privilege and an honor. We have to go to the minors now, but we’ll just keep doing the thigns we’ve done to get here. Just keep going.”
Freeman hit .237 (9-for-38) with a homer and eight RBIs in 19 games before today.
   “It’s been a blast,” Freeman said. “So much fun. You learn a lot from just talking to the players here and watching how they carry themselves, seeing the things they do to be successful here.
   “I’m a confident person anyway, but this definitely helps my confidence a little, knowing that I can hit these guys, that I can already hang with them – or almost hang with them.”
   Then Freeman said something that made me feel old but also made me feel good. And you just gotta picture this baby-faced, 6-foot-5 kid saying this with a big smile on his face in the major league clubhouse this morning:
  ”It’s been so much fun,” he said. “I can’t believe I’m actually doing this at 19.”

 ◊ Soriano update: We’re still waiting for a more definitive update on Rafael Soriano, who was in the training room during most of our clubhouse time and wasn’t available to talk about his strained side before today’s game. Bobby Cox should have a better update for us from the training staff after the game, or I’ll check with Frank Wren during the game to see if the GM has heard whether the strain is considered mild or something that might sidline Soriano a while.

Soriano

Soriano

   Talking to a scout from an American League team this morning, he wasn’t surprised to hear Soriano’s had more health issues this spring (upper respiratory problem, Tuesday’s side strain, after coming back from season-ending surgery to transpose a nerve in his pitching elbow and remove a bone spur from the elbow).    It’s always something with him, said the scout, who watched Soriano throw late in the 2006 season with Seattle. This scout said he saw Soriano absolutely dominant for stretches with the Mariners, then very hittable for other stretches, when his velocity would dip. Hmmm … why does that sound familiar?

 

  ◊ Couple other things: Peter Moylan, who had another strong inning last night against the Nationals, said he no longer has any doubts that he’ll be ready to begin the season with the Braves. That would put the Aussie sidearmer back in regular-season games a few days shy of the 11-month mark since his May 8 Tommy John elbow surgery. It’s usually a 12-month recovery, sometimes a month or two longer but rarely a full month shorter (a notable exception was Florida’s Jason Johnson, who’s a lot younger than Moylan, returned in just over 10 months form TJ surgery)…. Charlie Morton said his side and arm felt fine during last night’s inning vs. the Nationals, but that he just didn’t know where the ball was going. That’s from rust, after missing most of spring training (and all Grapefruit League games before Wednesday) recovering from a strained side. If the Braves don’t trade him, he’ll be part of a formidable rotation at Gwinner, along with Hanson and Reyes, among others….. 1B Casey Kotchman was just scratched again from today’s lineup. He’s still recovering from a bout with a nasty virus or flu bug or whatever. Been out about a week, said he lost five pounds and wants to get his legs back under him completely before he returns to the lineup.

  A few links:
   • The Braves aren’t the only team sending a premier pitching prospect to the minors for more seasoning. Read this story about the Tampa Bay Rays optioning 2008 postseason star David Price to the minors. Baseball America rated Price as the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball, with Hanson at No. 2….
  • Have you heard about the “A-Roid” cocktail they’re serving at Bonfire in Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel? I’m serious. It begins with a shot of El Mejor Tequila, straight up. And on the side is a “performance-enhancing boost” of spiked tomato juice served in a syringe. Read this for more details. Fitting that the drinks is overpriced ($11).
  • And at the risk of being Sawx-centric, for those who can’t get enough on John Smoltz’s comeback attempt with the Red Sox, here’s an AP report on the ex-Brave Bearded Icon’s first session on the mound since shoulder surgery.

 

James McMurtry, songwriter extraordinaire

James McMurtry, songwriter extraordinaire

“TOO LONG IN THE WASTELAND” by James McMurtry

hear the trucks on the highway
and the ticking of the clock
there’s a ghost of a moon in the afternoon
bullet holes in the mailbox
bullet holes in the mailbox
key holes in my mind

too long in the wasteland
too long in the wasteland
I’ve fallen behind

she said why don’t you come see me
when the sun goes down
it’ll be just like the old days
when I used to let you hang around
well I don’t know
I might not speak the language anymore

too long in the wasteland
too long in the wasteland
will close some doors

the people in the village
watch their children play
at the sight of a stranger

they call the kids away
just leave that man alone
I hear the mother say

he’s been
too long in the wasteland
too long in the wasteland
‘s what made him that way

well, I hadn’t intended
to bend the rules
but whiskey don’t make liars
it just makes fools
so I didn’t mean to say it
but I meant what I said

too long in the wasteland
too long in the wasteland
must’ve gone to my head

jet trail in the sunset
a long way away
cutting ‘cross the horizon
at the edge of the day
and it calls Jimmy
come fly away

but I’ve been
too long in the wasteland
too long in the wasteland
I believe I’ll have to stay

yeah, I’ve been
too long in the wasteland
too long in the wasteland
I believe I’ll have to stay

 

1,006 comments Add your comment

Zeus12888

March 26th, 2009
1:02 pm

Glad to see Bobby made the right call here. Last thing we want to do is rush our prized prospects.

Brandon

March 26th, 2009
1:06 pm

I agree Zeus, the Braves future looks mighty bright, no need to rush em up to the Bigs just yet.

McFann :Ô:

March 26th, 2009
1:07 pm

To: cabravesfan

Posted that at the end of the last Blog, but then I saw that a new one was up.

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! I was voter #3 in the poll…couple weeks ago, I was #200.

Zeus12888

March 26th, 2009
1:09 pm

DOB, who do you see as in line for the first call up if (when) one of our starting 5 gets hurt?

Brandon

March 26th, 2009
1:10 pm

Sorry, DOB Im taking the Spartans in the Sweet 16 and Duke as well.

Quick Quesition..when is Tommy G scheduled to pitch again?

Steve from OH

March 26th, 2009
1:10 pm

This Brad Mills guy is the Blue Jays’ #7 prospect, btw.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:12 pm

Zeus, I’m pretty sure Bobby didn’t make that call. That was the FO’s call.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:12 pm

ATTAWAY, KELLY!

Epinephrine

March 26th, 2009
1:13 pm

Great AB there by KJ. Really good stuff.

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:13 pm

Hard-hit double by KJ to the left-center gap, then moves to third on sac by Escobar. Chipper up

kdbanks

March 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

Love seeing KJ work the count full to leadoff.

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

Chipper drives in him with a sac fly to CF

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:16 pm

Kelly has crazy good bat speed.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:16 pm

ATTAWAY, FRENCHY!

Brandon

March 26th, 2009
1:16 pm

nice to see chipper get back into the swing of things..

Il Cattivo

March 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

Nice swing Frenchie!!

Jeff321

March 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

Nice hit by Frenchy to right field for a single.

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

McCann bloop hit to left, then Francoeur hits an opp-field single to right, puts runners on corners for Norton with two outs

Epinephrine

March 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

Man Frenchy is just a completely different player. I didn’t see a swing like that all last year.

Bobby's Cox

March 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

Just noticed hitters 2-8 in today’s lineup are all hitting over .300 this spring for the braves

Bobby's Cox

March 26th, 2009
1:18 pm

McCann went 1st to 3rd on the hit to right? Wow.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:19 pm

Frenchy looks good.

cabravesfan

March 26th, 2009
1:19 pm

McFann-

Thanks! I kinda suck at the whole fantasy thing so I need all the help I can get:)

McFann :Ô:

March 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

McCann went 1st to 3rd on the hit to right? Wow.

Haha! Yeah, told y’all it was possible! ;)

Jeff321

March 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

I noticed McCann running awfully fast last night. (Compared to last year for instance.)

N Nine (eta10)

March 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

Is there any believers on the blog question?

Glad we have Kelly, not dudwick

cabravesfan

March 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

Bobby’s Cox-

Not to take anything away from my guy’s blazing speed but there were 2 outs- I’m sure he was running on contact

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:20 pm

Forgot the lineup:

1. KJ leading off day, 2B
2. Escobar, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. McCann, C
5. Francoeur, RF
6. Norton, 1B (Kotchman scratched, still recovering from flu)
7. B. Jones, LF
8. Schafer, CF
9. Lowe, RH

Read into it what you will, but Kelly hitting leadoff, Schafer in center again, J. Anderson not in lineup … I think it at least underscores that the Braves haven’t made up their minds about CF.

McFann :Ô:

March 26th, 2009
1:21 pm

cabravesfan

Aw…well, I’m sure Rally will be happy to help! Right, Rally? Right!

MinnesotaJacket

March 26th, 2009
1:22 pm

cabraves…very good point haha

Steve from OH

March 26th, 2009
1:22 pm

I think a lot of the reason the Braves were ready to sent Hanson to AAA this season was to monitor his innings…he only threw 138 in A+/AA last season.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:22 pm

DOB, the fact that Hanson got sent down and Schafer didn’t is also very telling of the fact that the Braves are yet to make up their mind about the CF situation, I believe.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:22 pm

Steve, add all-star games and the AFL and he’s closer to 175.

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:23 pm

Kevin Millar long fly to L-C gap, B. Jones gets under it nicely at warning track

MinnesotaJacket

March 26th, 2009
1:23 pm

I think the Braves are being smart…why rush a guy along when our staff is pretty awesome as it right now…really Hanson becomes insurance to if anyone starts to suffer we have a dominant guy we can rely on! Has anyone thought about what we do next year when Hudson comes back?

18 Wheels of Love

March 26th, 2009
1:24 pm

Anderson was 0-4 last night with a bad throw from C too.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:24 pm

MinnesotaJacket, those things usually work themselves out. I.E. injuries or someone becomes ineffective. If not, you just take the worst starter and put them in AAA or the bullpen.

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:24 pm

PWHjort, no one really expected Schafer to get sent down, probably not until last cut if at all. Hanson had to go down to get innings, to make regular starts now that all the pitchers are in camp and going deeper in games, etc. Schafer is competing for a job and playing on a regular basis.

Bobby's Cox

March 26th, 2009
1:25 pm

true cabravesfan, but, you never want to make the 1st or 3rd out at 3rd….so McCann must have been flying. He surprised us on the base paths last year. With the weight loss….look out!

Jim

March 26th, 2009
1:26 pm

Does anyone else find the in-game interview as annoying as I do? The game last night was almost painful to watch even before the Nats took the lead. I know its spring training, but don’t these networks realize the only people that watch a ST ghame are those with more than a casual interest in the sport? A full 1/2 inning of ABs can go by without even a mention of wh is hitting. I hate the ESPN interview with the manager during the regular season as well.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:26 pm

If he wasn’t competing for a job you’d send him down at this point, right?

ATL

March 26th, 2009
1:26 pm

hopefully chipper can dodge Bautista at third

Tomas

March 26th, 2009
1:27 pm

Derek Lowe looks really good. CSS, new tv channel for the Braves? So it’s CSS, FSN south, Sport South, and Peachtree TV?

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:27 pm

That K was Maddux-like.

MinnesotaJacket

March 26th, 2009
1:27 pm

PWH I know what ya mean but how do you drop Vas, Kenshin, or Hanson into triple A again…barring injury we have 3 great quality starters who all will “probably” deserve to play on a regular basis next year.

TnBrian

March 26th, 2009
1:28 pm

If Jeff has a good year, as crazy as it sounds, maybe some credit needs to be given to Wren for getting contract issues over quickly with Franc. It’s one less thing on his mind so he can just focus on hitting. A mental thing, i guess.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:28 pm

I like the in-game interview, especially with opposing clubs’ GM’s

OKGA

March 26th, 2009
1:28 pm

That’s cool. I’m really hoping to see a Hanson vs. Price duel at some point during the AAA season. Anyone know if Hanson is the starting pitcher for the Gwinnett Braves’ opening day vs. the Tides?

Epinephrine

March 26th, 2009
1:29 pm

At this point I’m not even sure it’s a “competition”. It’s not who is better. It is turning into a question of whether the Braves can even afford to have Josh Anderson playing on an every day basis.

Il Cattivo

March 26th, 2009
1:29 pm

The difference between Schafer and Hanson also showed in their play i felt. Hanson knew that he might not be on the 25 man and hence didnt overdo anything. Schafer on the other hand clearly recognizes his opportunity and is pushing hard. Nice to see his energy, just hope he retains the spark when he makes it up. The lineup is very interesting, though I thought Bobby would lead-of with Esco because they were facing a leftie.

Steve from OH

March 26th, 2009
1:29 pm

Hanson threw 29 innings in the AFL…so that’s 167 total for the year. Putting him in the ATL rotation from day one may give him an opportunity to eclipse 200 innings, which is too much based on what he pitched last season. Keeping him down in AAA for a month or so will (in all likelihood) allow the Braves to keep him around 180 or so innings for the season, which is just about a perfect range at this stage in his career.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:30 pm

MinnesotaJacket, our 2010 rotation options include, Hudson, Kawakami, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Hanson, and Jurrjens. The odds of one of them not being hurt is very small. If they are all healthy one goes to the bullpen or to AAA.

18 Wheels of Love

March 26th, 2009
1:30 pm

Is this on Direct TV? Gracias.

Il Cattivo

March 26th, 2009
1:31 pm

tnbrian

How did he resolve contract issues early? They almost went to arb. and settled near the midpoint about a day before the scheduled arb. Are you suggesting that if they had gone to arb Frenchie would’ve had a bad spring? I dont think so.

cphizzle

March 26th, 2009
1:32 pm

css and peachtree will be televising the same games i think

DAP

March 26th, 2009
1:33 pm

MFin04He blew 5 games. Or caused 5 losses….stop playing technical terms of baseball.

what if we are just accurate instead? in one of his blown saves, he also got the loss, so that not two seperate games, thats one. in his other blown save, the braves actually won the game, so he didnt cause a loss that time. the other two losses were when he came into the game with it tied… and the team lost.

so really, he “caused” 3 losses in 36 appearances. he really pitched pretty well despite coming off of surgery.

N Nine (eta10)

March 26th, 2009
1:33 pm

18Wheels__ Just got the dish today and was thinking the same thing while flipping through channels. Do we get peachtreeTV?

MinnesotaJacket

March 26th, 2009
1:33 pm

Don’t forget to throw Joe Joe in there…yes I know he has had a rough career so far but if he keeps up the stuff he has shown in spring then I like him as a future #3-4 starter for the Braves. Then you throw in Morten if he keeps up a good work then he could be a starter as well in our future. So IF everyone stays healthy wwould the Braves trade one or keep tehm in the system and try to wait till contracts expire…

TnBrian

March 26th, 2009
1:33 pm

Thomas, that many channels? I hope I get all of ‘em. I’m not sure why, but Turner South doesn’t come in right now. It did that last year and then just like majic, appeared when the season started. TBS was so much simpler and had better announcers. Skip was halarious, while Pete was more of the geek. It worked perfectly..

Bobby's Cox

March 26th, 2009
1:34 pm

PWHjort,

Regarding your 1:30, I’d like to see Medlen in the rotation, or at least compete for it next year too. Don’t forget he’s almost ready as well. That would be 7 guys, and wouldn’t even include Morton or Reyes, or Parr. All 3 likely won’t get traded.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

March 26th, 2009
1:34 pm

PWHjort,

Or you could just take one of the Jurrjens out of the equation….. That would give us a solid 5, and no one to get rid of…..

Seriously though, that 2010 rotation looks GREAT

Jersey Gil

March 26th, 2009
1:35 pm

Okga….The G braves open the season away with 4 games again the Knights, then 4 again the Bulls, If Hanson open the Season again the Knights the his Schedule should be on April 19 sun day agains the Tides.

mbatl

March 26th, 2009
1:36 pm

Boy, I sure didn’t like having Esco bunt with KJ at 2b and 0 out! I’m gonna assume Bobby wanted to take the opportunity to let Yunel practice the skill, which is a good spring training thing to do …. but I hope we’re not gonna play for 1 run in the 1st during the regular season!

MinnesotaJacket

March 26th, 2009
1:36 pm

This is my point…why not if your the Braves trade Vas or Kenshin next year (if another young gun steps up this year and we fill he could work the needs) and thus be able to get some great compensation for teams that NEED pitching..

jared

March 26th, 2009
1:36 pm

Why would BC cut Reyes given the uncertainty surrounding Glavine? Wouldn’t it have been a good idea to keep Reyes as insurance and in doing so save one of his options?

cabravesfan

March 26th, 2009
1:37 pm

so…i hear there’s a game being played today?

TnBrian

March 26th, 2009
1:37 pm

Cativo, yeah but that’s probably better for his mind than if it weren’t resolved by now, don’t you think? I mean if you don’t know that Franc. is a guy that needs his mind cleared to perform at his highest, than you and I have been watching different Braves games over the years.

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:37 pm

Nice catch for Francouer, held on after running into wall in foul territory

Rob from SC

March 26th, 2009
1:37 pm

we are only keeping 4 starters

Jersey Gil

March 26th, 2009
1:38 pm

I’m hope he open the Season in Charlotte that give me the oppottunity to see him here in Lehigh again the Iron pigs in May.

kenhotlanta

March 26th, 2009
1:38 pm

Knuckle Sandwich regarding last night’s telecast (from the last blog)…Dibble praised Francour at length about his new approach this spring and how he expects Frenchy to have a much better season than last year, plus he made several other comments complimentary to the Braves. I have always liked Dibble on XM and found him to be funny and insightful. I did not care for Carpenter at all and, yes, they are homers in building up their team for the new year, but I imagine that is the case with most teams’ broadcasters.
The only complaint I have about last night was how much they talked about the Nat’s depth at every position and how talented they are; it seems to me they are loaded with has-beens, rejects, and suspects and I don’t expect them to be very good this year, but, then again, they did kick our butts last year!

mike28212

March 26th, 2009
1:38 pm

A bonus for me having Hanson sent down is that I’ll be able to see him pitch when Gwinnett opens up here against the Charlotte Knights.

bf braves fan

March 26th, 2009
1:39 pm

game reports would be appreciated thanks

arobs3

March 26th, 2009
1:39 pm

Don’t forget about Lowe in 2010 rotation….

wilymo

March 26th, 2009
1:40 pm

DOB,

So how can I get in touch with you to validate my credibility with the bloggers? I don’t wanna stalk you or anything and usually when I see you, you’re in the press box and there’s a fairly tall wall that prevents me from just coming right up to you. Not only that but you’re usually busy typing away and I don’t wanna interrupt your mojo.

i cant take it anymore

March 26th, 2009
1:41 pm

man…I have been fighting it all spring. I’ve been trying to keep the “business of baseball” perspective this spring, but I’m just about ready to throw my hat into the schafer corner. It just seems that his maturity from the “first person” days, the new speed, hitting and nice defense has the kid screaming “I’m ready”. it would suck to lose j anderson if put on waivers, but one slow month from our CF has the potential to hurt us if he is placed at the top of the lineup.

I’m getting really close to voting for jordan. lets see what happens today.
oh yeah, Atlanta gas light ran their gas line right through MY sewer line. sewage came up in both my showers, so I have been huffing some serious bleach. maybe its just the clorox talking…

Tomas

March 26th, 2009
1:42 pm

Rafael Soriano, does get injured an awful lot, and he is totally dominant at times, and struggles when his velocity dips. Could it be steroids? He is from the Dominican Republic, the steroid capital of the world.

A Dizzy Nick Esasky

March 26th, 2009
1:43 pm

DOB do you think we will see a six-man pitching rotation in MLB? Would the Braves benefit from one this year?

MinnesotaJacket

March 26th, 2009
1:43 pm

For next year (Im going to assume Glavine goes out on a high note and retires a Brave) that Lowe stays at one with Hudson and Hanson 2-3 Jurj as number 4 guy (we trade Vaz or kenshin whoever had the worse season for great prospects) and then dependin on how the young guys give them one more year in the minors with our 2011 team looking like Hanson-Jurj-Lowe-JoJo-and either Morten,Parr, or the other new guy (can’t remember his name)

Epinephrine

March 26th, 2009
1:43 pm

Kelly seems to be heating up at the right time.

Brandon

March 26th, 2009
1:44 pm

game updates anyone?

Braveone

March 26th, 2009
1:45 pm

mike28212 – A bonus for me having Hanson sent down is that I’ll be able to see him pitch when Gwinnett opens up here against the Charlotte Knights.

I also live in Charlotte & hope to go see the opener to see Hanson pitch. But the game starts at 11:15AM on a Thursday. What team opens their season on a morning weekday?

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:46 pm

Got a KJ single and Escobar double, now Chipper up with two in scoring position and none out

Epinephrine

March 26th, 2009
1:46 pm

This team might struggle against Aces due to the lack of the long ball, but they are going to absolutely eat up middle of the road to mediocre pitching.

KennyP

March 26th, 2009
1:46 pm

What is the latest LF talk? We have Jones in today, Diaz playing great, GAnderson is coming back? Seems more of a question lately than CF.

Il Cattivo

March 26th, 2009
1:46 pm

tnbrian

I get what you ae saying about Frenchie. All I am saying is – if the contract hadnt been resolved on the day it was, it would’ve been resolved the next day (the scheduled arb date). It wasnt due to Wren that anything happened. It just would never drag on far into spring for the arb cases, which is why it is scheduled for feb.

stupup74

March 26th, 2009
1:47 pm

I wanted to add a point about Hanson and Reyes.

I think Reyes’s development has been an overlooked story of spring. Hanson has kind of overshadowed him. I still think Reyes is going to have a chance to be a very good pitcher. Vasquez’s contract is only for two years so the braves will have flexiblity with the staff for the next two years. I could definately see Reyes join Jurrgens and Hanson in the Rotation with Kawakami and Lowe in 2011. That is 3 pretty decent pitchers at pretty decent cost. That ought to help payroll and free up money for a bat or 2 to go along with Heyward and/or Freeman when they get here.

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:48 pm

Chipper single off the pitcher’s glove, drives in a run, Mac up with runners on corners

Tomahawk210

March 26th, 2009
1:49 pm

Does anyone have a play-by-play? What did Schafer do his first at bat?

Jeff321

March 26th, 2009
1:49 pm

Escobar is a stud.

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:49 pm

McCann GIDP, fails to bring in run. Two outs, Francoeur up, runner at third

Random

March 26th, 2009
1:50 pm

Wayne in Utah (10:09 am):

“spotts

“I have always thought you were both funny and insightful…”

Him and who else? Me?

“Good to see Random is going back and checking all my posts…I wouldn’t want him to miss anything.”

Thanks.

Roman Gal

March 26th, 2009
1:50 pm

Here’s a link to the Gameday. It’s being pretty slow, though…

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2009_03_26_tormlb_atlmlb_1

Cameron

March 26th, 2009
1:50 pm

DOB,

Can you highlight your responses in grey like you normally do?

18 Wheels of Love

March 26th, 2009
1:51 pm

Remember the old 2 out runners on Frenchy?

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2009
1:51 pm

Francoeur struck out looking, second K of the spring

Epinephrine

March 26th, 2009
1:52 pm

Haha wow, tough pitch. Good to see Jeff lay off the other two. That is a nice curve though.

PWHjort

March 26th, 2009
1:52 pm

Haha, I left Derek Lowe out of the 2010 rotation. I knew I was missing something major.

Jim

March 26th, 2009
1:53 pm

Why is Heyward still here for today’s game. It’s interesting for the fans to see the top prospect, but there are still 6 outfielder’s + GA who are competing for roster spots or playing time to tune up for the season. Thgey need to get all the ABs possible. It seems like Blanco has already been demoted/traded in the minds of the brass.

Tomas

March 26th, 2009
1:53 pm

Kelly seems to hit lefties better than righties.

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