Braves roster finalized: Pastornicky at shortstop, Delgado 5th starter

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Tyler Pastornicky won the shortstop battle and Randall Delgado was named the fifth starter Monday as the Braves finalized their 25-man roster before breaking camp and heading north.

None of the final moves was unexpected, including left-hander Yohan Flande getting the final bullpen spot over Cory Gearrin and outfielder Jose Constanza the final bench job over a few other candidates including outfielders Jordan Parraz and Luis Durango and utility infielder Drew Sutton.

Delgado and No. 1 Braves prospect Julio Teheran struggled in their competition for the fifth-starter spot, but Delgado pitched better in his major league opportunities last season and had a 7.89 ERA to Teheran’s 9.37 this spring. Teheran and Gearrin were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

The Braves think they’ll need Delgado for only three or four starts before Tim Hudson (recovering from back surgery) comes off the disabled list in the last week of April or first week of May.

Cannon-armed Defensive whiz Andrelton Simmons gave Pastornicky a run for the shortstop job, despite Simmons having no experience above the Class-A level. After hitting well at the outset of camp, Simmons looked overmatched at times offensively in recent weeks and missed the last four games with a strained side.

Pastornicky overcame a woeful start and went 10-for-28 (.357) in his last 11 games with four walks in his last two. He finished with a .221 average and .267 on-base percentage, while Simmons hit .186 with a .271 on-base percentage.

“We’ll let him play,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Pastornicky, who has a little over one full season in the high minors but no major league experience. “We’re comfortable until he makes us uncomfortable, but right now we’re moving forward.”

Pastornicky had the shortstop job to lose entering spring training, and for a while it looked like he might lose it to Simmons.

“I have been feeling a lot better the last couple of weeks,” Pastornicky said. “My confidence level’s there. The guys on the team have helped me a lot. The coaching staff has been real supportive and it’s been awesome getting that. I’m kind of proud of myself for turning it around, getting off to a run start and being able to kind of find myself. I’m going to try to continue to build on that.”

Flande edged out Gearrin for the only bullpen spot available after the Braves signed veteran Livan Hernandez as a long reliever and spot starter. Gonzalez liked the flexibility that having another lefty in the ‘pen, since lefties Eric O’Flaherty and Jonny Venter are seventh- and eighth-inning setup men.

Constanza was already on the 40-man roster, while Parraz, Durango and Sutton were non-roster invitees. The Braves weren’t going to add one of those players to the roster for what might be two weeks or less before third baseman Chipper Jones comes off the 15-day disabled list.

The Braves seem comfortable with right fielder Jason Heyward moving to center field as a backup for a game or two and won’t feel compelled to carry a player all season just to serve as a backup to center fielder Michael Bourn. If Bourn needed to miss significant time, the Braves could make a move to bring up another center fielder.

Gonzalez said having Constanza would give him some speed off the bench and a potential pinch-hitter to lead off in, say, the seventh inning if he doesn’t want to use his top pinch-hitter Eric Hinske or Matt Diaz in that situation.

After the trade for third baseman Juan Francisco on Sunday, there was one fewer long-term roster spot for the bench candidates. Francisco will serve as primary backup to the Jones, who will be 40 this month and is expected to get plenty of days as the Braves try to keep him healthy in his last season before retirement.

The Braves will begin the season with Jones on the DL along with relievers Anthony Vavaro (pectoral strain), Arodys Vizcaino (elbow surgery) and lefty Robert Fish (elbow tendinitis). Vizcaino will miss the entire season.

Non-roster reliever Peter Moylan will stay in Florida to continue rehabbing his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Non-roster players reassigned to minor league camp included catchers J.C. Boscan and Jose Yepez, infielders Simmons, Sutton, and Josh Wilson, and outfielders Durango and Parraz. The Braves haven’t said yet whether Simmons will skip Double-A and start the season at Triple-A, but that’s the move many expect.

There are 26 left on the roster including Tim Hudson, who will go on the 15-day DL before the roster becomes official Tuesday.

124 comments Add your comment

ho ho reyes

April 2nd, 2012
4:44 pm

evan

April 2nd, 2012
4:46 pm

MikeY

April 2nd, 2012
4:50 pm

Durango earned the position, not Constanza. There are 5 open slots on the 40-man.

Just goes to show you that hard work and results pay off…NOT

Ken Stallings

April 2nd, 2012
4:55 pm

David, I hate doing this but check the first sentence of second paragraph for subject-verb tense.

Then, feel free to kill this post of mine as I have no desire to be seen as a busy body.

Cheers!

North Ga Braves Fan

April 2nd, 2012
4:55 pm

Nice work in SP Dave!

Dave in Buford

April 2nd, 2012
4:56 pm

The trade for Francisco is interesting, since we all assumed that Prado would play third when Jones wasn’t … what’s the logic there, Dave? is it because Wren couldn’t find a viable outfielder to trade for and did find Francisco, or are they really wanting Prado to stick in the outfield?

The Grinch

April 2nd, 2012
4:59 pm

Jeez, next you’re going to point out “Francisco will serve as primary backup to the Jones…” Although that may have been a nickname and not a typo. Like “The Todd” on “Scrubs.”

Steve

April 2nd, 2012
5:00 pm

Have to agree that Durango played very well but there really isn’t a whole lot of difference in the two and those 5 spots could be used on other players. All three of these guys could have fit and showed better potential than the Thurstons and Mathers we have been plugging in.

I feel better about this roster with Francisco on it as it helped our 3B and OF position and we only gave up a pitcher that was horribly blocked in the Braves system and likely never to see the majors before his 5 years were done.

I still don’t like the potential of giving three starts to a lesser pitcher in that 5th starter role, but with Martinez going all Derek Lowe we had to do it. Unline others, I do not want us having to rush Huddie back. Let him ease into things and if he is back by the end of May I will be happy. Hopefully Delgado will pitch like he did last year and not like he did this Spring, but I expect 5-6 starts for him before Huddie is back and not just the 2-3 like the Braves brass are hoping.

Rafael

April 2nd, 2012
5:01 pm

The CURSE of Matt Diaz!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve

April 2nd, 2012
5:05 pm

Dave .. the logic has already been mentioned.

JF is a leftie that can’t hit LHP’s. To that end, he can slide into 3rd against righties only. Against lefties, they will move Prado in to third and let Diaz be the LF’er since all he can do is hit lefties. It actually helps their platoon situation int he OF while getting them a bigger bat for the bench. It certainly doesn’t hurt that JF has the potential to win the job next year and is under contorl thru 2019 if baseball reference is to be believed.

The Braves missed their opportunities the last few years to pull trades for guys like Elsbury, Cain, and Rasmus. They were there, and the Braves were unwilling to part from their pitching depth. The Francisco’s of the world with the bigger question marks are about all you can get this close to the season.

Paddy

April 2nd, 2012
5:05 pm

Mike Y……..you may be correct of Durango over Constanza but the coaching staff have their reasons in a makeup of a club. Every team has these good problems to solve. Been happening for as long as baseball has been played. Think of how many great players were sent down when there was only 8 teams in each league. Future Hall of Famers would have to spend years in the minors before getting their shot!

Steve

April 2nd, 2012
5:07 pm

I realize that didn’t answer the Prado question now that I reread. I am sure DOB will fill us in .. he always does.

I stillt hink the Braves want him as a super sub and not a full time at one spot guy. He is far too valuable as a player to move around. Sure wish we still had Omar though. He was better defensively with less power and just like Prado he just wanted to play every day no matter what position. Gotta love those kind of guys.

JEFF SPARROW

April 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

trade Matt diaz and someone and a minor league pitcher for either MARLON BYRD OR CODY ROSS

Heisenberg

April 2nd, 2012
5:29 pm

While it is probably exciting to make the team coming out of camp, I have noticed over the years the last 2 or 3 roster spots are not really very secure. Especially for rookies. They are first to be sent down when someone comes off the DL, or there are very limited opportunities in April when the regulars get most of the playing time. Guys called up later in the season usually get more of a chance to play right away and show their stuff all while staying sharp in AAA by playing almost every day.

Colin

April 2nd, 2012
5:31 pm

@Ken Stallings
Don’t you mean the ONLY sentence of the second paragraph? Cripes, DOB…take a breath, man!

Bob

April 2nd, 2012
5:32 pm

@Ken…DOB is correct; “none” is singular as is “was”. Moves is just the object of a preposition. And, I like our Braves chances this season.

TDalmore

April 2nd, 2012
5:34 pm

Ken Stallings — note, Dave’s subject/verb tense is, in fact, correct, and you are wrong. The subject of the sentence in “none,” not “moves.” The word “none” is synonymous with “not one,” and therefore, as a singular subject, takes the verb “was,” not “were.” Now, back to baseball and the Braves . . .

English Major

April 2nd, 2012
5:35 pm

2nd graf: “…moves WERE expected…”

Heisenberg

April 2nd, 2012
5:36 pm

I will ask my 6th grader about proper sentence construction. He has been learned real good in language arts.

TDalmore

April 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

English Major needs to learn to identify the correct subject of the sentence before announcing which verb is correct. Where is the degree from?

Thos

April 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

G’Day folks! Juan Francisco may indeed be the long term solution to 3rd base (post- chipper of course).

JF was a switch-hitter until 2009, I’m intrigued by the possibility of reviving that attribute in JF with some coaching from perhaps the greatest living switch-hitter: #10. (I imagine the braves are as well)

If you look at his minor and major league numbers, the guy show incredible promise as an everyday 3b with a solid arm and tremendous power to all fields.

The obvious ‘flaw’ in his game is a high strikeout rate leading some to label him as a ‘Mark Reynolds type’ However, I believe that some major league level coaching and attention will bring out the best in this ballplayer.

I think the GM just made a steal of a trade- but of course time will tell: I predict we’ll have some 270+ avg, 20+ hr 80+ rbi lines to look forward to from a good-but-not-quite-gold-glove third baseman in the near future from JF.

Here’s a few highlights I saw on mlb:
http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20232757&c_id=mlb

alanfalcon

April 2nd, 2012
5:41 pm

Is there anyone that can figure Frank or Freddie out, do they use any logic or do they throw darts? I can’t wait for the season to start, remember the feel good situation that Frank mentioned about this squad, well the time is here come Thurs. night, hope Frank knows of what he says, SI sure thinks differently !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bvillebaron

April 2nd, 2012
5:41 pm

Jeff Sparrow:

Trade Diaz and someone AND a minor league pitcher for Cody Ross or Marlon Byrd? Yeah, that’s a brilliant move. Trade 3 persons for one of two players who are only marginally better than Diza at best.

John Tucker

April 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

Constanza over Parraz? Why? FLASH TO WREN: Cut Constanza and pick up Spillbourgs off waivers from Indians.

64 year Braves fan

April 2nd, 2012
5:50 pm

Cody Ross much better than Diaz and will see a lot of action with the Red Sox.

Nova Scotia Steve

April 2nd, 2012
5:51 pm

I will give this team every opportunity – I love them. Always have but I do not for one minute think this is a playoff team.

They have ZERO room for error and very little poitional depth. Their depth in pitching is evening in question – bullpen is questionable at best outside the big four.

They can’t pitch every night – this easily could be a disaster season.

MikeY

April 2nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Durango hit .467 this spring; Constanza hit .175. They have very similar career MLB numbers (both with very limited ABs).

I think Durango earned the roster spot. And Parraz hit .319 w/ an OPS of .895.

All 5 of our back-ups had pretty poor ST averages: Hinske (.217), Diaz(.204), Constanza (.175), Ross (.154), Wilson (.167). And Francisco hit .182. Looks like we picked the guys w/ guaranteed contracts/out of options vs. those that had the best spring.

Heisenberg

April 2nd, 2012
6:00 pm

Steve, is your last name Spurrier?

JoeyBagOBravos

April 2nd, 2012
6:02 pm

Constanza is kind of a scrub player, other than starters and Hinske/Ross, bench and extended bullpen seem pretty weak, alot of maybes (Maybe Diaz will hit 300 again, maybe Francisco will reach his potential, maybe Livan can be effective in the bullpen, Flande rookie.)

Bob

April 2nd, 2012
6:05 pm

26th! yay im awesome

BIOMASS

April 2nd, 2012
6:06 pm

Look out! World Series, here comes the Atlanta Braves! With this powerhouse team, It will be a 4-0 sweep of the Angels. Probably will win 120 regular season games.

Bourne .356 avg 100 stolen bases
Prado .339 32 hrs
Chipper .370 56 hrs 167 rbi
McCann .430 45 hrs 207 rbi
Ugla .260 75 hrs 120 rbi
Freeman .344 30hrs 116 rbi
Heyward .207 15 hrs 70rbi
Pasternicki .235 5hrs

Hudson 40wins
Jurrgens 13 wins

yogi

April 2nd, 2012
6:11 pm

Anyone is better than Brooks Conrad. I like Parraz alot. He will be called up soon.

Moylan Prado

April 2nd, 2012
6:22 pm

BIOMASS-

No, we will sweep the Yankees in the World Series with Chipper winning MVP, including a game winning home run against Rivera in the clincher. Sweet Redemption!

[...] Source: ajc.com [...]

smallmouth6

April 2nd, 2012
6:34 pm

You great baseball minds do know you can bring players up from the minors to replace players not performing all that well, right? Gets the guys more ABs and a chance for the Braves to watch them a bit longer. Go Constanza! Yo deserve to be on the 25-man squad for now.

phil

April 2nd, 2012
6:35 pm

LOL at Biomass!!

Only Wayward’s numbers are close.

Tampa Gator

April 2nd, 2012
6:35 pm

I do not understand the Durango move…..he earned a backup spot. I guess ML experience was the issue. But that guy can play. The division is really going to be tough….and even the Mets looked improved.

mpimentel

April 2nd, 2012
6:36 pm

just to give you a thought of francisco’s power…in the dominican republic winter league have been “just” 7 homers over the center field wall in Estadio Quisqueya in 54 years…a 411 ft. with a big wall in center field with the wind blowing from center to the homeplate it’s kind of hard…and 2 of those 7 homers came from francisco’s bat 2 seasons ago…for me that is impresive

10 Bears

April 2nd, 2012
6:36 pm

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

phil

April 2nd, 2012
6:37 pm

Thank goodness Conman is gone! Worth 5 games right there!

phil

April 2nd, 2012
6:39 pm

The dominican winter league is not Atlanta.

So what.

mpimentel

April 2nd, 2012
6:39 pm

contanza don’t deserve the spot in the roster…

mpimentel

April 2nd, 2012
6:40 pm

belive it or not…hit homers in the dominican winter league is way hardest that hiiting homers in atl..

mpimentel

April 2nd, 2012
6:45 pm

well I’m just saying that francisco have power…a lot to be honest…he can be a menance in a homeplate…my only concern is that he is a left batter and we allready have 3 (ff,j-hey,mccan) in the regular lineup

Dave C

April 2nd, 2012
6:48 pm

Why trade for a 4th OF? If braves had traded for Ellsbury or Rasmus then they wouldn’t have Bourn. Byrd wouldnt be happy not playing everyday. The Braves could have signed Ross but he is making 4 mil as a 4th OF or platoon player. Bourn, Heyward and Prado will play everyday barring injury so don’t see overpaying for bench players when you are on a budget.

Hugo Huge

April 2nd, 2012
6:49 pm

Livan was only good AGAINST the Braves. He had a 9.00 era against other teams last year…Why sign him ?

MLB grammar patrol

April 2nd, 2012
6:49 pm

None (not one) is not always singular. In DOB’s second paragraph sentence none is better translated as not any of the moves. This would be plural since there were more than one move. Ken was right about subject – verb mismatch.

MikeY

April 2nd, 2012
6:51 pm

And…Durango is a switch-hitter; Constanza is (yet another) left-handed bat.

Waffle House or Bust

April 2nd, 2012
7:26 pm

Matt Diaz does not even belong on a MLB team. Why is he on the Braves roster again?

rbrave

April 2nd, 2012
7:41 pm

Why is it that every time Heyward gets a hit (and that’s not very often) the press acts like he is the new Hank Aaron ? The guy is a bust, I won’t be able to stand an entire of this .220 hitter getting all of the headlines if he happens to get a hit or even worse a home run ! Go Braves !!

JoeFan

April 2nd, 2012
7:52 pm

The bench appears to be composed of question marks to begin the season. Evidently effort doesn’t win spots on this team.

The Monger

April 2nd, 2012
7:57 pm

Constanza is a “scrub”? All the guy does is hit and steal bases, are you kidding me? He hit .319 with a .373 OBP in 2010 in the minors, and followed that up with a .312 BA and .364 OBP last year in Gwinett. He has 233 steals in minor league seasons, averaging 33 steals a season. Oh yeah, that is real “scrub”. And what did he do once he got his chance in the majors last year, he only hit .303 with a .339 OBP, and that was after an ankle injury the last month, prior to that I think he was batting in the .340-.350 range. He scored 21 runs and stole 7 bases in only 109 AB’s. Over a whole 550 AB season, that equates to 105 runs scored and 35 steals. Scrub, really? Learn something about the game of baseball to people calling Constanza a scrub, I guess you didn’t watch Braves baseball last year. With him and Bourn in the lineup the Braves are ten times better, they ignited the offense with their burst of speed to get us that 79-53 record before our September collapse, which had Constanza on the bench for most of that I might add.

=THE MONGER

luckily for us...

April 2nd, 2012
8:06 pm

After watching him for a year, I’m glad we have Fredi. He wasn’t responsible for the collapse last year…injuries and an inability to pick up parts due to a low payroll played the largest part in it.
The thing I like is this: Heyward hits .220 the first month, he’ll be on the bench. Bobby, as great as he was, would leave him in the entire year. Did it with Frenchy, Andruw (year after year), and Heyward would be no different.
I hope the kid succeeds wildly, hope he’s a HOFer when he’s done. But, until he becomes that type of player, I have to agree with rbrave.

eskippy

April 2nd, 2012
8:09 pm

MLB grammar patrol
You are out of your jurisdiction.

Rick

April 2nd, 2012
8:12 pm

You have to be an idiot to become a NRI for the Braves. Constanza???, this makes no sense and is a slap in the face of the three or four other guys who actually prepared themselves and performed. A stone around the Braves neck continues to be unwillingness to change.

justafan

April 2nd, 2012
8:16 pm

Nothing new..everyone knew who FC would keep. The Rev had it before hand and so did Constanza. Diaz was also in the good ole boy club but not worth a da-n. Trade Diaz—oh, no other team wants him so we stuck with him.
Sutton, Parraz and Durango did a great job but everyone knew they would go to minors. Its the nature of Braves.

ohhhhYEAH

April 2nd, 2012
8:17 pm

@ mpimentel

I guess Bourn doesnt hit left handed anymore? Or Chipper the majority of the time, being how most major league pitchers are right handed, he spends the majority of the year batting left-handed. And as far as it being harder to hit home runs in the dominican winter league….not hardly. When its “winter” in the DR, its still close to 80 degrees, so conditions are basically the same, and the pitching talent is actually not as good. So it would actually be easier to hit home runs in the DR Winter League. Sorry

Stinger

April 2nd, 2012
8:50 pm

The decision was already made. Obviously

Mister Frisky

April 2nd, 2012
8:52 pm

The Dept. Of Labor should file a lawsuit against Frank Wren and Liberty Media.The failure to hire any qualified professional hitters.

Chris from the Rock

April 2nd, 2012
8:58 pm

I agree that “Dodge” earned a spot, roster logistics be damned. The summer of “Georgie” ended last August.

cowdogit

April 2nd, 2012
9:01 pm

Roger McDowell is the Teflon Don of baseball. I don’t care how much he screws up the braves pitching staff, the blame is always put on someone else.

Realist

April 2nd, 2012
9:12 pm

There’s no logic in the argument that keeping Durango or Parraz would “cost” the Braves a roster spot. They would or should take Constanza’s spot. It’s as simple as that. You don’t keep the lesser player because you are afraid to give someone else his roster spot. That is completely backwards.

leastofthe east

April 2nd, 2012
9:12 pm

the depth is quite poor. still few RH hitters with power. SS still a question mark. 5th starter gets job by default.
but the main thing is that the payroll is under control.
maybe if they are far enough behind by 7/31, they can trade Bourn and get something for him.

CPH

April 2nd, 2012
9:18 pm

I know I am late to the grammar party, but “none” as subject can be either singular or plural depending on the writer’s intended sense. The test is if the writer means “none” as not a single one (of the moves WAS unexpected), or none of the several (moves WERE unexpected). You’d need to ask DOB which he intended. BYW, I taught English for 30 years…..

STRETCH

April 2nd, 2012
9:20 pm

Boras: Johnny Damon Will Sign By May

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [April 2 at 4:21pm CST]

Johnny Damon will sign within a month, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). The free agent outfielder/DH is looking for an opportunity with 450 plate appearances, according to agent Scott Boras.

“Damon will be signed by May 1st; just don’t know where,” Boras said.

The Braves are looking for outfield help, but the Indians, Yankees, Tigers and Orioles don’t appear to be fits for the 38-year-old Damon. He hit .261/.326/.418 with 16 homers and 29 doubles in 582 plate appearances for the Rays in 2011. He was Tampa Bay’s primary DH last year, but maintains he could still play the field if necessary. Boras suggested to MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes a month ago that the market for his client would pick up toward the end of Spring Training.

Chief Noc fan

April 2nd, 2012
9:30 pm

I like Constanza on the big league roster. He’s a slap hitter who can put the ball in play, and turn a single into a double. A decent fielder. Pinch-runner in the 9th when Big Mac draws a walk, with one out and the scored tied. I like him as a player, and he can probably make a career of it (like Willie Harris, etc.) but that’s about as far as he’s likely to go. Let the prospects play every day in AAA, rather than ride the pines at the Ted. When the time comes to call them up, they’ll have dozens of at-bats, rather than a handful.

dawgsfan1990

April 2nd, 2012
9:36 pm

what ever happened to Matt Young? Didn’t he break camp with the big club last year only to be sent down and never heard from again? Is he still in our organization or did he go somewhere else or home?

Sparks

April 2nd, 2012
9:39 pm

The Monger is wise…

dawgsfan1990

April 2nd, 2012
9:39 pm

nevermind…just read he signed with the Tigers last November.

dawgsfan1990

April 2nd, 2012
9:39 pm

nevermind…just read he signed with the Tigers last November.

Chief Noc fan

April 2nd, 2012
9:39 pm

Young signs with Tigers: Detroit signed OF Matt Young to a minor-league contract this week. Young was designated for assignment by the Braves in September.
(Updated 11/10/2011) (CBSsports.com)

DHD

April 2nd, 2012
9:53 pm

Did Biff Pocoroba make it?

ugafan13

April 2nd, 2012
10:11 pm

Why not Medlen for the 5th starter…

BV_Basher

April 2nd, 2012
10:12 pm

Young was 0-14 for the Tigers this Spring and didn’t come anywhere close to making their team.

triguous

April 2nd, 2012
10:23 pm

My vote would’ve been for Kris Medlen.

Aaron

April 2nd, 2012
10:50 pm

Are ya’ll still doing that “First” thing? Grow up.

Meat and three

April 2nd, 2012
11:05 pm

Quit bitching and whining and just be happy the season is here. If you still want to complain, ask Wren for a job!

bostonbravo

April 2nd, 2012
11:10 pm

25 yrs Mets / Yankees fan. Now 25 yrs. Braves fan…now I must say…”who cares’? Obviously not ownership. Mgr. can’t help it. Players can’t. Not Chips fault.
get ready…10 yrs of cellar dwellin’.
Hop on Marlins or Nats bandwagon, there’s still room.
At least bb on tv to watch!!

iTiSi

April 2nd, 2012
11:17 pm

Meanwhile there’s an 800lb. “gorilla” sitting in the room who’s not even mentioned in this article. (you figure it out, he’s a pitcher).

Jbailz

April 3rd, 2012
12:38 am

iTiSi – we traded Lowe…

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

April 3rd, 2012
3:27 am

First off, Heyward is a bust. Heyward Sucks

Ok now that I got that out of my system, the bench sucks. Our starters except for Beachy throw 87 mph puss balls up there and cant go 7 innings. Which means an burnt pen by September. Ring any bells from last year.

We are praying for Jey hey to be good. Well Jesus aint saving him or us. He sucks. Bourn should play well because he wants big money but he will be traded by the All Star break. Im sure we will get a Casey Kotchman type for him. NICE!!!!!

We are hoping a guy who has never played an inning in the big leagues plays everyday at SS. HAHA Pastronicky or what ever the hell his name is has been viewed by scouts as an at best backup SS. Wonderful!!!

To many hope so’s and what if’s. This team needs to be blown up and start over. It pains me but trade that loser in right field. Trade JJ, and Tommy. They are Boras guys and will be gone anyways.
Even trade McCann he is at best a DH in two years. Blow this team up and start over.

Freddie Gonzalez is a tool. He and Frank need to leave and never come back.

Bobbybrave

April 3rd, 2012
4:37 am

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Matt

April 3rd, 2012
8:18 am

Parraz should be on the team. Constanza did not earn the spot, and Diaz is no longer the lefty-masher he used to be. I seem to remember the Braves leaving Jonny Venters in the minors to start 2009, only to bring him up once they realized that Jo-Jo Reyes still sucked. WTH? Why won’t we go with the players who earned the spots?

BLK09GT

April 3rd, 2012
8:21 am

I believe that gorilla iTiSi is referring to is Medlen. I believe Medlen’s “value” will become apparent when the first starting pitcher goes down. What? You say Hudson is on the DL. Well we have Delgado. What? You say he has a spring ERA of 7.89. You can understand Venters wanting Medlen in the pen so his arm doesn’t fall off this year, however sometimes I question the Braves definition of value. My question to the Braves is this…What are the odds we win those three games with Delgado starting and what are the same odds if Medlen were to start? I am in the camp of which ever provides the best chance of a W. What’s the problem with then sending Medlen back to the pen when Huddy returns?

CONNIE MACK

April 3rd, 2012
8:50 am

IS MEDLEN INVISABLE???

Ebenezer Snerdberg

April 3rd, 2012
8:53 am

To err is human. To really @#$%up a roster it takes Fredi Cox and Roger McCox!
GO BRAVES!

henry tn

April 3rd, 2012
8:57 am

livan a bad pick up constanza for durango a bad move….

Lobosolo

April 3rd, 2012
9:01 am

Chrisfromwherever… You can’t use “we” when describing the team you apparently have such distaste for… what have you done for “us” lately?… find another team you can claim to be a part of… fans like you need professional help… It’s a game, dum-dum… a long, time consuming game… you either root for a team or you don’t, you either cheer them when they’re doing well or you give them encouragement when they’re not… your personal esteem is not a part of the question… go play with one of your guns or something if you feel the need for stoking your masculinity…

Homer the Brave

April 3rd, 2012
9:11 am

It’s only a matter of time before Buddy Carlyle is called up.

IHEARTCARROLL

April 3rd, 2012
9:43 am

You would think that by now Frank Wren would know that if he ever wants to win it all, he should consult the blog before setting his roster or making a trade.

Then all FG has to do is check the daily blog before making out his lineup, and log in from the dugout to see when to make substitutions during the game. It might be a little tedious for us to call pitches though. Maybe we could just give a pregame plan generally stating how to pitch to each batter.

If the would just listen, we could go undefeated.

IHEARTCARROLL

April 3rd, 2012
9:44 am

smyrnabob

April 3rd, 2012
9:59 am

Delgado, Teheran and Simmons all need more time in the minors.

damngooddawg!

April 3rd, 2012
10:03 am

I’m afraid Chipper stayed 1 season too long. Also it’s no comfort pitcher with a 7.89 ERA to Teheran’s 9.37 is our best option for 5th starter. It’s gonna be a long season in one way but the Braves will be out of it by the All Star break.

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Grendel

April 3rd, 2012
10:47 am

“Pastornicky won the shortstop battle” – Against who? A fellow minor leaguer who isn’t ready either?
There was no battle at all.
Thanks Frank Wren!

Don

April 3rd, 2012
11:00 am

pretend, Pretend, PRETEND
ignore it, Ignore It, IGNORE IT
There is an ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (a devastating, significat problem) that the Braves and the Writers and ignoring and pretending it does not exist.
FOUR of the FIVE Starting Pitchers for the Braves (counting Medlen who was a Starter when he was Injured) are COMING OFF INJURIES.
And pretend or not, the Braves will be LUCKY if 2 out of the 4 RETURN TO THEIR FORMER EFFECTIVENSS.

DogTheMan

April 3rd, 2012
11:07 am

Still no protection for Heyward and McCain in the middle of the lineup. And to be honest this team does nto scare anyone or keep opposing managers up at night. IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG LONG SUMMER!!! Hey I know, lets go find anothr retread and hope he works out!!!

Nattering Nabob

April 3rd, 2012
11:15 am

ALL CAPS REALLY SUCKS!

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