LAKELAND, Fla. – Reliever Scott Proctor, who’s in the running for the final bullpen spot, did not make his scheduled appearance Saturday in Lakeland because he’s battling bronchitis, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. He’s expected to return in a couple of days. In his absence, minor league extra Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth and took the loss 2-1 after giving up three straight hits, including a walk-off two-run triple by Andy Dirks.
In the Braves’ other split-squad game, a 3-3 10-inning tie against the Mets in Lake Buena Vista, Brooks Conrad hit his first home run of spring – a two-run shot – and made a diving play in the field to rebound from his two-error day in Port St. Lucie on Friday.
Craig Kimbrel, the projected co-closer along with Jonny Venters, pitched a perfect ninth against the Mets in his first back-to-back work of the spring. He’s made six consecutive scoreless outings to lower his spring ERA to 4.32. He has eight strikeouts and only one walk during that span.
Matt Lipka, the Braves’ supplemental first round draft pick of last year showed off his speed on a double to the right field corner in his first action as a minor league extra.