Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves Clippings for Monday, June 20th.

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

Braves quotes after Sunday win over Rangers | Atlanta Braves
"There were a lot of good plays; my hat’s off to Nate in the eighth inning coming in on that ball. Big afternoon for Freddie Freeman and Heyward, and Jonny Venters, getting an inning and two-thirds out of him against a good part of the lineup." "The bats are swinging a little better, and hopefully you get a good feeling and go win the next series, start winning series again."

Beachy to start Wednesday; Chipper update | Atlanta Braves
Jones, 39, mentioned the DL possibility if his condition doesn’t improve within a few days to the point he can play and not just pinch-hit. He has also been playing for weeks with a small cartilage tear in his right knee.

O'Flaherty battling lingering back issues | braves.com: News
Braves pitcher Eric O'Flaherty continues to battle back discomfort, but manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't foresee having to place the left-hander on the disabled list any time soon. "Just going from my experiences from the last time, it's three or four days, then he's good," Gonzalez said "He's a valuable piece. As soon as you put him on the DL, it's 15 days. So hopefully it's better."

Freeman working way back offensively | braves.com: News
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is well aware of his recent offensive numbers. "I fight and fight and work every day to try and get back to where I was," he said. "It's slowly getting there. I felt a little bit better the last two at-bats of [Friday] -- especially the walk. I haven't walked in forever. I finally worked one of those. I've been swinging at a lot of balls."

It's time for the Braves to start hitting the mark. And the ball | Mark Bradley
Enough with this we’re-better-than-we’ve-played stuff. It’s time for the Braves to play better. They’re getting healthy. (Well, except for Tommy Hanson.) The schedule between here and the All-Star break isn’t oppressive. If there’s an upward move in this club — and surely there is — this would seem the moment.

Mather dropped, Ramirez kept on roster | Atlanta Braves
"That was a difficult decision," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And like I told [Mather], this is not a 15-second decision, because he brings some flexibility, he can play all kinds of different positions. But we’ve struggled swinging the bat. "We just made the decision to maybe give Ramirez an opportunity to do that job."

Davidi on Escobar: Change in perception - sportsnet.ca
Nearly a year ago, the Atlanta Braves couldn't trade him to the Toronto Blue Jays fast enough, a slew of anonymous darts following him out the door. Lazy. Indifferent. Flamboyant. Selfish. Now, he’s become a core piece in the eyes of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, one locked up through the 2013 seasons, with options for two more years after that thanks to a contract extension announced Sunday.

FdL's Munson joins Braves' minor-league team | Fond du Lac Reporter | fdlreporter.com
Fond du Lac native Sam Munson, who was chosen by the Atlanta Braves last week in the MLB First-Year Player Draft was recently assigned to play for the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League in Danville, Va.

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