Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves Clippings For Thursday, June 16th

Your one-page daily morning preview of Atlanta Braves news.

Braves postgame quotes following Wednesday’s loss to Mets | Atlanta Braves
Chipper Jones on the night: "It was tough early because it was windy and raining. And Pagan’s homer was a big blow. A team that’s struggling to score offensively, three runs seems like a lot. I know it’s not. We didn’t feel like we were out of the game by any stretch of the imagination but this game isn’t any fun when you’re not getting any offense. With the exception of a few games in Houston and one game here and there throughout the season, it’s been pretty sparse around here offensively. This team, we need to get it going."

Heyward says he feels "pain-free" in return to Braves lineup | Atlanta Braves
"I feel pain-free and able to make adjustments when I need to," said Heyward, who went 1-for-6 with a double and a walk in two rehabilitation games for Triple-A Gwinnett. "…To cover the whole plate and take the same swing and not try to doctor it to what I feel like I need. (Before) I wasn’t able to use it the right way, but now it feels a lot more loose. There’s a lot less pressure in it. It feels like it should."

McLouth anticipates rejoining Braves after rehab | braves.com: News
"I'm very happy," McLouth said of his progress. "I'm going to go [Thursday] and play in Triple-A. And after a couple games to get my timing back and my legs back under me [I'll be back]. That's kind of where I'm at."

Now working at Turner Field: The best pitching staff in the bigs | Mark Bradley
We’ve been going about this the wrong way. We’ve been too busy gnashing our hands and wringing our teeth — or is it the other way around? –over the Braves’ lack of hitting that we’ve missed a fairly remarkable thing. We’ve missed what has the potential to be … (Pause for effect.) The best pitching staff in Atlanta Braves’ history.

Braves minor leaguer Suschak suspended 50 games | Atlanta Braves
"It is unfortunate that this incident has occurred," Braves general manager Frank Wren said. "We continually warn our young players of the potential dangers of ‘uncertified’ supplements. Hopefully this will serve to educate them and further substantiate the need for caution."

Larsson makes 2011 a comeback year - NCAA.com
Chase Larsson was an unlikely candidate to be the best player in NCAA Division II baseball when the season began. He had been away from the college game for two years and his only collegiate experience was at the junior college level. So the odds were stacked against him. But Larsson wasn’t going to worry about the odds. He was determined to prove people wrong. In 2011 he put his talent on display at Cameron University in Oklahoma and made his mark by leading the nation in home runs (29) and winning the Tino Martinez Award, which is given to the best player in DII.

Gilmartin, Ramsey tabbed All-Americans | tallahassee.com | Tallahassee Democrat
Florida State junior baseball players Sean Gilmartin and James Ramsey were recognized as All-America selections by Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Gilmartin, who was selected No. 28 overall by the Atlanta Braves in the MLB Draft, was named first-team All-American by both media outlets. 

Tommy La Stella Adds Two More All-American Honors - Coastal Carolina Official Athletic Site
Coastal Carolina's Tommy La Stella has added two more All-American honors to his impressive resume as Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association both voted the second baseman to their second teams. La Stella was previous named second team All-American by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball. La Stella, the 2011 Big South Player of the Year, was the fifth second baseman selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, going in the eighth round to the Atlanta Braves.

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