Outfield apocalypse: The loss to the Reds last night was not as costly as the loss to injury of both Uptons. B.J. Upton left in the first inning with a right adductor muscle strain, and then his brother Justin Upton was lost in the seventh inning with a left calf strain. Must they do everything together? All of this only one day after Jason Heyward left the game with a strained right hamstring. The Braves also learned yesterday that Jordan Schafer would miss at least four more weeks after an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his foot. The Braves ended last night’s game with an outfield of Joey Terdoslavich, Tyler Pastornicky, and Reed Johnson, from left to right. The past 24 hours have not been kind to the Braves outfield.
Braves DL in 2013: So far all these players have spent time on the disables list this season: Beachy, Venters, CMart, DeWitt, EOF, Pena, Gattis, Schafer, Freeman, McCann, Janish, Heyward, Walden, Ayala. And I fear that today we’ll add at least one Upton to that list.
What about Gattis: Gwinnett lost. Evan Gattis made his first rehab appearance last night for Gwinnett, and went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts. The G-Braves got shutout on 8 hits, so the opposing pitching was tough, but Gattis is just getting back into the swing of things. In all likelihood, he’ll be back for the first game after the All-Star break.
Shutout for Sip: Mississippi won. Lefty Ian Thomas has his best start since moving to the rotation 5 games ago: 6IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6SO. Thomas played his entire post-college career in the Independent Leagues until the Braves signed him last season, and he had a good half season campaign at Rome. He’s been great this season, holding opposing batters to a .187 average. I’m tempted to list him on a prospect list, especially since he hasn’t lost a beat since going from relieving to starting. It makes me think he could be successful doing either.
Speed bump for Sims: Rome won. Lucas Sims had a rough start, though he was cruising until his final inning, when 3 of the 4 runs scored: 5IP, 5H, 4R, 2BB, 5SO, 2WP, 1HBP. He looked a little wild too. Merely a road bump on his way to a great season.