12:24 pm August 31, 2011, by David O'Brien
August 31st, 201112:27 pm
FIRST! I like have Diaz back. Plug him in the OF and good bat off the bench!
Tyler NJ Brave
welcome back matty D!
August 31st, 201112:28 pm
I’m a fan. I’d be a fan of Jamey Carroll too.
WELCOME HOME MATTY!!
August 31st, 201112:29 pm
Does this mean Constanza gets sent down? The only other option is Conrad.
August 31st, 201112:30 pm
Whose roster spot does he take since the rosters don’t expand until tomorrow?
August 31st, 201112:34 pm
hopefully this wont be the only addition the braves make
August 31st, 201112:35 pm
So glad Matts back, he’s one of my favorite. Even if he doesn’t swing the bat great for the rest of the season, having the threat of a RH on the bench will change PH situations completely. It just throws a little wrench into the late-game plans of opposing managers.
Welcome back Matty Diaz!
August 31st, 201112:36 pm
Is this because of Haywards batting problems?
He doesn’t take a roster spot until he reports. So I’m assuming he will report tomorrow as part of the expansion.
I like Matt, but he’s only hitting lefties at a .704 OPS clip this year….. Let us hope a familiar setting will get him going. We could use his bat of the bench.
Can’t they just leave him in AAA till tomorrow?
August 31st, 201112:38 pm
I love him! and I’m super happy he’s back.
If they’re able to acquire Jamey Carroll soon then they could just get rid of Lugo to make space for Diaz, then add Carroll when rosters expand. They can survive one day without a backup SS.
No, it’s purely bench depth. We are bad against lefties and our only PH option against them is Conrad, who isn’t really much against them either as he tends to hit better left handed. Diaz will be our RH PH option against left handed pitching late in games. I reckon this means that this is Conrads last year with the big club tho.
Good to have Matty D back in the ATL. He will be an asset.
August 31st, 201112:39 pm
By the way, Diaz is 12-for-30 against tonight’s starter Lannan.
Let us pray the player to be named later is Linesuck!
The Abs Man
August 31st, 201112:40 pm
Always liked Matt’s hustle and game!
First of all, WELCOME HOME MR DIE-AZ. Now, Tyler, I think Lugo could be got shut of with no pain at all. I’ve only seen him in two(2) games I ‘member as a PH!
Linebrink is a FA after this year, so no Linebrink isn’t a the ptbnl
August 31st, 201112:41 pm
Oh I just read that he’s reporting for tonites game…. I wonder who gets dropped? Conrad or Lugo I expect
August 31st, 201112:42 pm
I was hoping Matty could play shortstop. I did not see the early innings last night and was unaware Agone blew an opportunity for a baseloaded no out triple play. Crud he did not even hit into a DP.
By the way on that pop out why was the infield fly rule enforced. If the fielder had dropped the ball no one would be allowed to advance
August 31st, 201112:43 pm
Hit the button too quick. Yea verily Ralph, Linestink would be good. Send him to Pittsburgh & UPS ground Lowe somewhere far far away!
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August 31st, 201112:44 pm
Mr. Snerdberg, I would love to see Lugo go but that would never happen….There’s no way they’d move forward with one person able to play SS (Gonzo).
August 31st, 201112:45 pm
I could be mistaken, guys, but I think that because the rosters are expanding, nobody has to be sent down or released.
Not going to help us much. Been there, done that. of course, Atlanta fans and media are totally obsessed with former players. Just look at how many Vick articles make their way on this site. Somebody may have a man crush though.
August 31st, 201112:46 pm
He’s not a Florida native, he’s from Portland, Oregon!
Always been a fan of Matty. Glad to see him back.
Solid bench player. What, if anything, does this mean for Wes Helms?
August 31st, 201112:47 pm
Could we not do better than that? For goodness sakes, he’s another has been. I wonder if some of you who are so welcoming of him are the same ones who are always on Chipper case.
Brooklyn Braves Brawler
August 31st, 201112:48 pm
Lugo is probably going to go, they will bring up Diory and Brandon Hicks tomorrow
Mitch McConnell's Chins
We hear the player to be named later is Mike Minor, but we hear it from Eric Cantor, so we’re not worried.
Who cares who gets sent down!!! .. they will be back tomorrow … can we complain about something that makes sense please!
August 31st, 201112:49 pm
Florida,Oregon close. Much like Agones bat and a curve ball
August 31st, 201112:50 pm
I feel Conrad will stay on the 40-man, he’s a switch-hitter, which helps.
I think either Lugo or McLouth will be taken off the 40-man, maybe a pitcher, but I doubt it.
Matty D has to be on the 40-man roster TODAY to be eligible for postseason.
As for Helms, eh, I don’t see him making a big impact.
Joe Braves Fan
Welcome Back Home Matty D!
Barney Franks Mouth
August 31st, 201112:51 pm
DOB, who’s going back to the G-Braves?
This deal is all about his .295 against lefties.
Dawgdad (The Original)
Glad he is back, obviously he was not highly thought of in Pittsburgh, as he never got to play regularly enough to get straightened out. Outfield getting crowded as management seems to want to keep running Heyward out there and they are not going to take much time away from Prado or Bourn. You gotta play Georgie some, so Matt looks like mostly a PH.
The Braves have needed someone to hit lefthanders all year and sad that they were too cheap to retain a proven mauler of LH pitchers.
August 31st, 201112:52 pm
he is an FSU grad!
My guess is Martinez gets optioned down then rought back after rosters expand. I would rather it would be Linesuck being DFA but that ain’t gonna happen as long as he has those dirty pictures of Fredi.
And the thing with Diory, is that he isn’t on the 40-man roster, so he can’t be dropped today to make room for Diaz, and can’t be brought up after Sept. 1st, unless unless someone else has been DFA’d.
August 31st, 201112:53 pm
Maybe he’ll be so juiced over this, he’ll get on one of his tears. I’ve seen him carry the Braves over 2 or 3 weeks.
August 31st, 201112:54 pm
honestly id rater give helms a go than conrad. he is OK in clutch this year but when he pinch hits. he strikes out alot. and we know how bad he can be with the glove so id go helms diaz hinske, barmes(aquire him) and heyward as our core bench, gotta keep constanza in that line up
To paraphrase Tina Turner…what’s Helms got to do with it?
August 31st, 201112:55 pm
They could send Martinez down today, activate Diaz, and then bring Martinez back when Gwinnett’s season is over. The big club will be adding Vizcaino and Delgado for bullpen help as soon as they’re needed in September anyway, so the pen would be “short” only one game.
August 31st, 201112:56 pm
@richie, what, no backup C?
WELCOME HOME, MATTY D!!!!!
So glad to have him back. I was disappointed that they non-tendered him last year. Many times this year, when I saw the crappy pinch hitters they sent to face lefty pitchers, I wanted to cry, remembering Matty was no longer here. But, now he’s back and will regain the magic that he used to bring at the plate. I really feel that Matty was disheartened playing for Pittsburgh, when he really wanted to play for the Braves!
You’re home now, Matty. Show everyone why the Brave should never have released you! Go Matty D!
You are mistaken, can only have 25 on tonights roster, Diaz would make 26
August 31st, 201112:57 pm
Maybe they are going to finally send Constanza back to AAA where he belongs
August 31st, 201112:58 pm
Awesome!!! Made my day!!! Huge Diaz fan- I’m sure our guys are stoked about this!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Game 6, NLCS, bases loaded in the 8th. Matty D comes in and swings at three straight in the left handed batting box.
Ok send heyward down now
August 31st, 20111:00 pm
The Braves might not be done dealing, hears ESPN’s Buster Olney (Twitter link).
Mark's for the Braves
August 31st, 20111:01 pm
Welcome back Matty D!! Need a RH bat who can help. Who is player to be named later–McClouth?
Great move! Solid right handed bat off the bench, plus he can help with “security” if any drunk fans run out on the field.
Great news!!! Matty is back!!! I needed to hear something positive about my Braves as it has been depressing lately. Hopefully he can lift the spirit of this team cause he has loads of it. Now I hope the Braves* will get back to playing winning baseball with heart….. and I can cut back on the Jack Daniels.
* both starting pitchers and hitters
Bone head: Who did you think the Braves were going to get in a waiver trade, especially when they’re next-to-last team in NL to pick? (selection order is based on records).
August 31st, 20111:03 pm
Will Frank Wren and the Braves ever do anything of significance to help the struggling offense on this team? All the Braves seem capable of doing, not always but for the most part, is picking up strays and retreads.
August 31st, 20111:06 pm
Somebody correct me if i’m wrong but they can put a player on the post season roster after today if they are replacing an injured player, i.e, they could place Hanson and JJ on the DL and replace them with Delgado and Teheran since they are on the 40 man roster??????????
No way Diaz could be more useful against a left handed pitcher than Wayward has been.
Just no way….
August 31st, 20111:07 pm
welcome home, matty d!! awwwwwwww yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!
They should have not let him go to begin with in my opinion. Fans like Matt and I believe he is good in the clubhouse. He can play all outfield positions if necessary. Plus, he just hustles! The Braves can always use that type of leadership.
Good Deal Frank Wren !!!!
August 31st, 20111:08 pm
send heyward down?? people are dumb………….and bouchedags.
Matt Diaz was our only hope. Hope has been restored.
Thank you, Frank Wren.
August 31st, 20111:09 pm
I guess none of you kool aid drinkers have checked out his stats for the season.
Remember when Matty tripped that crazy fan ( ‘Redman’?) who was running all over the outfield in Philly last year?
Funny as hell!! I think it is on You Tube.
Ralph: Delgado and Teheran are already on 40. Anyone on the 40 is eligible for postseason roster. And anyone on DL (and anyone in organization by today can also be plugged into one of those spots of currently DL’d players).
August 31st, 20111:10 pm
Hey DOB, kinda off topic, but what do you think the Braves chances are of acquiring Moustakas from the Royals in exchange for one of our top pitching prospects (or even one of our current young starters like JJ) as a backup, and eventual replacement, to Chipper in the offseason?
Oh, and not surprised about Matty D coming back…when he left, I figured he’d find his way back here, I just didn’t think it would be so soon.
August 31st, 20111:11 pm
Welcome back, Matty-D! Y’all don’t forget he can (and has) played first base when needed. Can play catcher, too.
August 31st, 20111:13 pm
I have been a critic of FW in the past but, in my humble opinion, I think he has hit a homerun with this move.
Welcome back, Matt Diaz!
August 31st, 20111:15 pm
Drop Heyward – he is pathetic…he is a loser….he is not worth having on the roster….send him to Timbuktu…..
August 31st, 20111:16 pm
Keep in mind that the Braves are not a “big spender” like the Yankees. Personally, I’m glad that they are not. Their record is within a couple of games of the Yankees with half of the payroll. I think that professional athletes and politicians make too much money as it is. If we are going to lobby for giving someone more money, lets make it solders, teachers, or everyday citizens.
Today is the last day to get me. I am a switchitter.
August 31st, 20111:17 pm
August 31st, 20111:18 pm
Excellent! Matt is a great person and a professional hitter. He is a clear addition to the club and its clubhouse.
Is every move supposed to a blockbuster deal that propels the Braves to the Worls Series?? Some deals are meant to be minor, stop-gap measures to help fix a specific issue with a team. In this case, a RH bat off the bench or a spot start against a tough lefty. Seems like a perfect oppty for Diaz to get a warm welcome against a lefty that he has handled quite well. Good, smart move. Especially since Matt Kemp wasn’t available on the waiver wire!
I assume since we got him via the waiver wire before Sept 1st that he’s eligible for post-season, right?
Sherrill is going on the DL…that leaves a spot open for Matty to join the team tonight.
August 31st, 20111:19 pm
LMAO @ Greg Norton!
August 31st, 20111:20 pm
Sherrill and Linebrink should just STAY on the DL…hope we just signed them to one year deals…I cringe every time I see one of them come into the game.
To be eligible for a team’s playoff roster a player must be on any of the following: (a) the 25 man active roster, (b) the disabled list, (c) the bereavement list, or (d) the suspended list as of August 31 at midnight. The only exception is that a player on the 60-day disabled list may be replaced by another player from the team’s 40-man roster (as of August 31) who plays the same position (i.e. position player for position player, or pitcher for pitcher), with the approval of the commissioner of baseball.
August 31st, 20111:21 pm
You are right Skeezix. Pretty funny! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YcN9ZryCz4
It's out of here.....
August 31st, 20111:24 pm
player to be named later is Heyward
August 31st, 20111:26 pm
Linebrink will not be the PTBNL, but he could develop a stiff back and be put on he DL to make room on the 25-man, or released to make room on both the 25 and 40-man. With the bullpen rested from Irene and Moylan about to return in a few days, Linebrink has no role on this roster. Hell, recalling Gearrin after the 1st would be a better option than Linebrink. I would love to see Lugo replaced by Jamie Caroll too.
This makes me VERY VERY VERY HAPPY!!! MattE is my hometown boy (Lakeland, FL) and I am such a huge fan!
August 31st, 20111:28 pm
Sherrill has actually done a great job for us when compared to most relievers in the game. It’s when you compare him to O’Flaherty Venters and Kimbrel that he looks mediocre. But those are 3 of the top 5 relievers right now….. It’s not a fair comparison. Most teams would love to have the production that Sherrill has given the Braves this season.
Oh and whomever said drop Heyward must be a Mets fan……….
August 31st, 20111:29 pm
If someone is put on the 60 day DL now, will the off-sweason be counted as part of that time?
August 31st, 20111:30 pm
Apparently the crazies come out on here this time of day………….. Really drop Heyward? Drop the 21 year old phenom who is having a very common sophomore slump and drove in our only 2 runs last nite?
Yeah, that’s smart………
no, no one gets sent down. Sherrill is going on the DL with a sore shoulder since we have Minor in the Pen for tonight’s game and since we’ll have Peter “The Thunder from Down Under” Moylan back tomorrow when rosters expand.
Heyward is in a typical sophomore funk. He will recover, yes, maybe as late as next year. You folks that think he’s a wash are ignorant. If he IS the “player to be named later”, then Wren is indeed a dumbass…I don’t think so.
August 31st, 20111:31 pm
Awesome news! Welcome back, Matty!
I’m thinking CONSTANZA gets sent down. Too much same type of hitter with BOURNE here. With BORAS involved, we may not sign BOURNE, and decide to try ‘GEORGIE’ in ST CF next season instead. Besides we’ve got our emergency catcher again. Boo-yah. ‘Welcome back, your deams were your ticket out.’ KOTTER.
Now will we reprise OMAR as well this off-season?
August 31st, 20111:32 pm
Very good, solid move. Like it a lot.
With the Phillies coming up soon, Sherrill could be useful to get an out or two against a LH bat. What is the nature of his injury — real or contrived? If contrived, why Sherrill? Why not Linebrink?
August 31st, 20111:33 pm
Besides, Heyward still owes Braves staff for all the broken windshields and dented roofs from last year’s spring games…
August 31st, 20111:35 pm
Do we still have to make a move on the 40-man to add Diaz?
Nice move to get a solid bat against lefties. I reckon he will take all ABs from Constanza and Heyward against southpaws…
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