Braves notes: Simmons, Sheets updates

NEW YORK — Rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons, nearing his return to the Braves after eight weeks recovering from a broken hand, hit a solo home run in a 2-1 playoff win for Class-A Lynchburg on Friday.

The win gave the  Hillcats a best-of-three series win advanced them the second round of the playoffs. As of Friday afternoon, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was undecided whether Simmons would remain with Lynchburg for another game or two if they advanced, or rejoin the major league team in New York this weekend….

Starting pitcher Ben Sheets, on the DL with shoulder inflammation, said he felt good and was to throw a side session in the bullpen Friday at Citi Field. Gonzalez said there were no plans to return Sheets to the starting rotation for now, barring injury or a downturn in performance by another starting pitcher.

“The No. 1 thing is see how his health is,” Gonzalez said. “There’s no place to throw [in a game] after he throws a side. I guess you could throw him a rehab assignment with Lynchburg or Rome if they’re still [alive in postseason], but you don’t want to do that.

“We’ll play it by ear. It’s tough. Who knows? We’ll just take it step by step, see how he feels today and tomorrow, maybe we’ll get one of those crazy games where he can throw one inning and see how he feels.”

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September 7th, 2012
8:43 pm

Let Sheets have Hanson’s spot.


September 7th, 2012
9:09 pm

Simmons Back – Hanson = Better Team


September 7th, 2012
9:09 pm

Simmons Back – Hanson = Better Team


September 7th, 2012
9:09 pm

I went to the Hillcats game last night. Simmons signed autographs for about 30 minutes after the game. Thought that was pretty cool

derek k

September 7th, 2012
9:10 pm

diddo! haha but cant want til simmons is back and spark this offense. i really think if he would of stayed we would be tied or beatin the nats imo


September 7th, 2012
9:19 pm

Sure there’s room for Sheets in the rotation; it’s called Tommy Hanson’s current spot.


September 7th, 2012
9:30 pm

Hanson has GOTTA be one of the most over hyped pitchers in the game. The announcers talk about him like he’s a top of the rotation guy. I just don’t see it. Loyalty to a player can only go so far. If they continually bring the team down, they’ve gotta sit or go. I will be glad to get Simmons and Sheets back soon.

Ken Stallings

September 7th, 2012
10:44 pm

Hanson pitched well in his last start. The thing is that in comparison to the shutout quality efforts of Medlen, Minor, Hudson, and Maholm, Hanson merely pitched well.

If Sheets regains his previous form, then the Braves have a most fortunate “problem” on their hands — more quality pitchers than can fit on a rotation!

Ken Stallings

September 7th, 2012
10:54 pm

Nats tried twice to come back from many runs down, but the Marlins escaped a bases loaded, two-out situation with Jason Werth at the plate and won the game in ten innings 9-7. The Marlins scored three runs in the top of the tenth to break a 6-6 tie.

Ken Stallings

September 7th, 2012
11:05 pm

If Sheets regains his previous form, the Braves will have a most enviable “problem!” They will have more quality starting pitchers than you can fit on a five-man rotation. Frankly, Hanson did pitch well in his last start. He just did not pitch out of this world like Medlen, Minor, Hudson, and Maholm managed to do in their last starts.

If Sheets does show he’s back to the quality pitcher he was prior to going on the DL, then yes, Hanson is the odd man out. But, that needs to be clearly established, and there are not many more starting opportunities available.

Moreover, the Braves have the luxury of three off days in September, which means even the need for a fifth starter is diminished significantly. The Braves could skip Hanson three times this month, which means he might only need to get two more starts this month.


September 7th, 2012
11:18 pm

“The No. 1 thing is see how his health is,”
“I guess you could throw him a rehab assignment with Lynchburg or Rome … but you don’t want to do that”

I guess they’ll instead use a Magic 8 ball to see how healthy he is then?


September 7th, 2012
11:37 pm

So, you can’t believe anything Fredi says, so we can expect to see Sheets back in the rotation in Milwaukee.


September 8th, 2012
12:08 am

Let Hanson & Sheets split a game.
4 innings each – and the closer
Maybe a better game for both of them!
Especially if they both know they only have
to get through 4 innings.


September 8th, 2012
12:18 am

Hanson/Sheets split is exactly what I was going to suggest. After all, Hanson rarely goes more than 5 anyway.

Darryl Blackberry

September 8th, 2012
4:36 am

Dear Mr. Wren,

2012 offseason: Tommy Hanson to the Rockies for Dexter Fowler. Trade him while he’s got a winning record, Frank. Remember what happened to JJ…

Johnny Vaught

September 8th, 2012
4:42 am

Send Hanson back to little league where he can learn a pitching technique and bring back Big Ben!


September 8th, 2012
7:05 am

I really thought Hanson was going to be a stud pitcher a couple years ago. He looks to have settled in as an average big league pitcher. His starts are very inconsistent. He’s got good stuff, he just has no control so his location suffers and when it does, he gets hammered.

Furman Bitcher

September 8th, 2012
7:06 am

Is this the bash Hanson blog? Geez


September 8th, 2012
7:38 am

I guess people are forgetting that Sheets wasnt exactly setting it on fire before going on DL and the fact that what you saw the first couple of starts was so much against what he had been over the last 4 years. Hanson is inconsistent but he is more reliable than Sheets at this point.


September 8th, 2012
9:00 am

Splitting a game for Hanson is not a bad idea. He struggles but gets to the 5th where he loses it. Hanson 4, Sheets 4, Kimbrell 1


September 8th, 2012
11:44 am

I agree time to get rid of Tommy. He has not lived up to expectations and is the luckiest 12 game winner in the majors. He’s really fallen off since last year and constantly gets hammered. His attitude is piss poor when he was asked to rehab and doesn’t feel to me like a team guy like Medlen who is willing to do anything for the team.

He’s also our worst pitcher. Give Sheets another start. He had two or three rough starts in a row, but was a beast before then. Give him one more shot or try Tehran or Delgado. Delgado’s last start as a major leaguer was actually decent, and was against the Nats despite him losing. Hanson is a liability.


September 8th, 2012
12:01 pm

I agree with many bloggers. I’m sure Tommy Hanson is doing the best that he can. However, I’d like to see another pitcher in the starting rotation than Hanson. I’d also like to see him traded during the offseason.

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Mark (another one)

September 8th, 2012
1:40 pm

Can we rename this blog as the Clueless. Crew? Hanson has struggled but last season everyone was up in arms that he wasn’t an all-star. I don’t see the years of struggle.

The Braves recent issue has been a lack of runs. That’s not Hanson’s fault, and his pitching showed some improvement last start. The Braves issues are McCann’s shoulder, Bourn’s drop off, uggls’s continuing struggles and a weak hitting SS. That’s half the lineup. I am also amazed at people pinning the season on Simmons.

urban redneck

September 8th, 2012
2:25 pm

he and jhey should have to do 100 pushups every time they slide head first. that’ll learn ‘em. go braves.


September 8th, 2012
3:58 pm

It’s not’s the bats, or lack thereof. I don’t understand the brouhaha over Uggla’s benching. Why answer all the questions, why endure the interviews, why expose the player to ridicule for a benching that lasts two games? Fredi — if you are going to bench Uggla, bench him. Put Prado a 2nd and give Pastornicky another chance. He’s a righty at the plate, hitting about thirty points higher than Uggla. Uggla needs to be sitting, alongside McCann. They’re hurting the team in the lineup.

the truth...

September 8th, 2012
4:44 pm


who are you? Pastornicky’s momma? He doesn’t have a clue and should be kept as far away as a starting position as possible….


September 8th, 2012
5:45 pm

Live in Manhattan- have a view of Jersey & the storm will hit Queens within the hour.
US Open already called. Get 2 more hours for complete game.


September 8th, 2012
5:56 pm

Great day to see Braves on the other end of poor ball playing! Nice to see Uggla and McCann hitting! Just hope it all continues!


September 8th, 2012
6:28 pm

McCann’s making really solid contact, Uggla looks like he thinks it’s July/August of last year. Medlen has looked solid again. Keep it up. We’re doing well in RISP???!?!!!!! Woo!!

Not saying Mac and Uggs are back or trying to get too hyped up. But it’s very nice to see us play well offensively. If there’s a time to get hot, it’s right now.


September 8th, 2012
6:56 pm

somone asked when the last time freeman had a hit was i have an answer about 5 miutes ago now how bout born losser more like 5 months ago lol lets bring back bourne or wrens an idiot huh let him walk as fast as he can leave lol

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